Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Yazz 'Fine Time'

Chart Peak: 9
Her 3rd Top 10 hit following the success of 'The Only Way Is Up' and 'Stand Up For Your Love Rights'... 'Fine Time' made No. 9 for 2 weeks in February 1989.
It's strange that some acts are recorded by posterity as one-hit-wonders, however many hits they actually had. Yazz didn't have as many hits as Status Quo but she certainly had more than the one that seems to be remembered now - five solo Top 40s, plus collaborations with Coldcut and Aswad. 'Stand Up For Your Love Rights' got as high as 2, but it's always 'The Only Way Is Up' that gets put onto compilation albums and with the rest of her catalogue seemingly out of print (this is one of only two tracks missing from the official Now 14 Spotify playlist) the rest seem to have vanished from memory.

In fact the New Order song of the same title, which was replaced in the Top 75 by this, seems to get more of an airing these days, though I don't recall hearing it at all back then. This rather slinky number was a big fave at the time and whilst not earth-shattering, time has been kind. A track that deserves to be better remembered than it is.

Also appearing on: Now 11 [with Coldcut], 13 [Yazz and the Plastic Population]
Available on: At Her Very Best

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