Tuesday, May 20, 2008

I Beg Your Pardon

Song: I Beg Your Pardon
Artist: Kon Kan
Album: Move to Move

It’s Obscure 80’s Week! And I want your input…

I’ve done 80’s week before but I’m bringing it back and would like to, dear readers, challenge you to give me an 80’s song that I don’t know. So for this week of highlighting 80’s songs that I love, please leave a comment in any of this week’s entries with an 80’s song you think I should know and I will post and review my favorite next week. Thanks!

So I don’t really know just how obscure this one is… it’s one that I found sort of out of nowhere, didn’t recognize it by title (or the band) but when I heard it I TOTALLY remembered it. It’s from 1989, so we’re at the end of the 80’s here… but still has that feel, versus the more popular late 80’s stuff that just continued into the 90’s.

Kon Kan were a Canadian synth-pop group formed in the late 80’s. “Move to Move” was their debut album and “I Beg Your Pardon” was their first big international hit. The song is of note for the many obscure samples involved, and it reminds me that it was at this time (but even more-so later into the 90’s) that sampling became common place, and then completely overdone.

Lead Barry Harris went on to form the remix collaboration known as Thunderpuss with DJ Chris Cox. They remixed tribal-house versions if many a pop hit for the likes of Amber, Backstreet Boys, Britney Spears, Cher, Christina Aguilera, Enrique Iglesias, Janet Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, and Madonna. To name a few!

I stole this from Wikipedia, but thought it was interesting:

“The band's name is a parody of the Canadian content regulation (often referred to as "Can Con"), which mandates that thirty percent of songs played on commercial radio stations in Canada must be Canadian in origin.”

Not many American’s know that (unless you live near the border.) Isn’t that interesting? Thirty percent is a lot! We can officially blame Canada for Celine Dion.


I Beg Your Pardon

Arts in D Minor (Harry Houdini)

Puss ‘N’ Boots


Josh said...

I thought I recognized this song... but then realized that no... no, I really don't know this song. it's just that it sounds like every other 80's synth-pop tune.

Matt and Renato said...

here are a few. know any or all of these?

a criminal mind by gowan
Frankie by sister sledge
my tu tu by denise lesalle
cry by creme and godley
dont answer me by alan parsons project
your wildest dreams the moody blues

MikeM said...

Japan, The Danse Society, Blancmange, China Crisis, Prefab Sprout, Pylon....so many more in this head of mine.