Monday, May 10, 2010

Great Lost Singles of the 80s: Kiss of the Spiderwoman Edition

If you were with us for the weekend's celebration of post 1970 songs that should have been hits but weren't, you may recall that our pal Sal Nunziato, proprietor of the invaluable Burning Wood, nominated the previously unknown to me "New Romance (It's a Mystery)" by Spider. Since said song turned out to be a pretty good piece of Nuevo Wavo 80s pop, and at least one other reader seconded the nomination, I thought I'd post it.




I don't know how I missed these guys at the time, but in any case drummer Anton Fig has gone on to considerably more success as a member of David Letterman's house band. Spider vocalist Holly Knight has gone on to even greater success as a mega-commercial songwriter, but since most of her successes in that regard have annoyed the hell out of me over the years, the less said about them the better.

10 comments:

Sal Nunziato said...

Sounds even better here! ;)

steve simels said...

There's some stuff on the second album that's extremely interesting, albeit in an extremely heinous way.

Tierra Madre Horse Sanctuary said...

Pretty decent song, considering the '80s. Maybe it was the wet, matted chest hair on the cover that screamed, "Stay away!" at me back then.

Anonymous said...

I had the Spider albums. This must have been an A&R heyday, with scads of veteran musicians trying their hand at the kids' new thing.

As long as you're hunting down chick singer rock outfits, maybe Sal can locate 1994 and its singer Karen Lawrence, which shared Aerosmith and Stu Daye's producer. or how about David Werner?

rurritable said...

Some of you folks might be familiar with this underpromoted group. They were an Irish band fronted by a female guitarist and a guy who played electric violin in addition to guitar. Their best songs sound like Siouxsie and the Beatles. "Bad child's Dolly" and "Already There" need to be migrated to youtube.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PwpjWeXpCkE

cmealha said...

Great pick Sal. Once of my favorite tunes from the era. And it was tres cool learning that Anton Fig was the drummer. Thanks Steve.

Sal Nunziato said...

I have the David Werner. I LUFF that record.

http://burnwoodtonite.blogspot.com/2008/10/david-werner-too-talented-to-be-so.html

Anonymous said...

thanks, Sal! when the Werner album was released, Chicago radio had "Every New Romance" and Ellen Foley's "Young Lust" in rotation, seemingly always in tandem.

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shanphil said...

Not bad, but I think there are a number of songs from the new wave period of the early 80s that were more deserving of a place on the charts, but never landed there.