17 January 2016

Inside Moves - The Man With The Child In His Eyes/ I Wish

Label: The Brothers Organisation
Year of Release: 1992

I blame Candy Flip. For a brief period in the early nineties, following the soaraway success of their indie-dance cover of The Beatles "Strawberry Fields Forever", swinging dance cover versions of established classic tunes became a relatively common proposition. Some were enchanting, most were just awful, and some neither offended nor delighted, but were definitely odd talking points.

This cover of Kate Bush's "The Man With The Child In His Eyes" by Inside Moves - a group who didn't appear to go on to record any other work - is an unexpected find. It's true to say that "Cloudbusting" was sampled heavily by Utah Saints for "Something Good", so Bush had already had one excursion on to the dancefloor, but this is actually a straight, soulful reinterpretation of her work. It slips and slides down its own smooth and tranquil Ibiza path with its puffing flutes, exquisitely delivered vocals and triad piano lines. It's clearly primed for chill-out compilations, and it does actually work incredibly well within that genre - but seems to have largely slipped out unnoticed at the time, and certainly isn't played at all now.

I have no information on who Inside Moves were, but if their movements were typical of many of the dance producers and performers of this period, they probably naffed off somewhere else to work on another project under another name once this had flopped.


VanceMan said...

Thanks for sharing this one. This makes me think of the multiple "dance" versions of Judie Tzuke's "Stay with Me till Dawn" that kept popping up in the 1990s: not as bad as it could be but totally unnecessary.

23 Daves said...

This really improved for me on the third listen, and I could easily imagine playing it more under the right circumstances, but possibly not in the middle of winter. Should have saved it, perhaps.

I'm going away to investigate the versions of "Stay With Me Till Dawn" you speak of...

Reimer said...

Thanks for this. It's a bit of an abomination. I particularly like the way the titular Man is no longer telling the singer about the sea, but rather about "the scene". The ghost of Biggie or Tupac? Really retains the ethereal lost-horizon quality of the original.