Billy Ocean, No More Love On The Run [Single] (1984)
I was pretty into Billy Ocean in the mid-80s. His songs were on the radio, we taped the radio and kept the best songs to play over and over and my aunty bought cassette tapes of all the new artists with fresh hits. So she had Billy Ocean tapes – I later inherited them. At some stage I saw Billy Ocean singing on a B.B. King gig – that whole show was important for me for many reasons. But I guess – also – it legitimised Billy Ocean. He wasn’t just a pop star. He was hanging with blues and rock royalty and holding his own. And he was wearing a cool jacket. I’ll usually play the long version of Caribbean Queen when I’m playing some records at a bar or a party – I love the song and it always seems to get people (or keep them) dancing. But recently I picked up this 7” single version – it has one of a handful of alternate versions – there was, I believe an African Queen (No More Love On The Run) as well. The chorus just feels like such a great pay-off, musically. A big – steady – build, storytelling-wise, to get to the chorus. And then it hits. And it always works. Always feels like the right idea – well executed.
Sample Track 1: (Side A) – Caribbean Queen (No More Love On The Run)
Sample Track 2: (Side B) – European Queen (No More Love On The Run)
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