Discussing a Dire Straits (!) post in comments over at the Tutu Vicar's The World Won't Listen recently I was moved to suggest that the famously scurrilous Toad should host a Toto Week soon. Oh, how we laughed!
And then I thought - hey, hang on a minute - that's not a bad idea...
Hadn't this US band, a by-word for bland, washed up 70s, session musician-led, coked-out, noodly keyboard bit, stadium bad hair soft rock AOR schlock (TM) actually been sampled by supercool NY dance DJ Roger Sanchez (saw him play the Pacha pre-party at Cafe Mambo in 05 maaaaan) for his chillout monster 'Another Chance'? Hadn't I already posted the Chicago-sampling Lemon Jelly groover 'Soft'? And hadn't I, dammit! when it comes down to it! ALWAYS, ALWAYS loved 'Africa' for reasons I cannot begin to fathom?*
*Well, it's a good tune with nice rhythms betraying the band members jazz/muso roots - I can imagine You're Under Arrest era Miles Davis covering it like he did 'Time After Time'.
Wouldn't it be a hoot to do a TOTO-THEMED POST?
Yes, yes, yes and oh, yes my friends.
Joy Division bootlegs, Pastels b-sides, lost 80s electropop, Great Northern, Orange Juice jazz funk Sarah Records art rock bloody Slowdive be damned! Let's GET DOWN to David Paich and The Boys!!
Roger Sanchez - 'Another Chance' (Afterlife mix) (2001)
The sampled (deep breath - this one could hurt)
Toto - 'I Won't Hold You Back' (1982)
The solid gold FM classic - no need for caution here
Toto - 'Africa' (1982)
And just for fun...
The famous line from The Wizard Of Oz (1939)
(Will you ever talk to me again?)