Saturday, April 07, 2007

Flash and the Pan: Waiting For A Train (disco version) [1983]

According to, here is the UK top 20 for late June 1983:

1. Rod Stewart -- Baby Jane
2. The Police -- Every Breath You Take
3. Irene Cara -- Flashdance... What A Feeling
4. David Bowie -- China Girl
5. Elton John -- I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues
6. Wham! -- Bad Boys
7. Mike Oldfield -- Moonlight Shadow
8. Flash & The Pan -- Waiting For A Train
9. Shalamar -- Dead Giveaway
10. Bucks Fizz -- When We Were Young
11. Michael Jackson -- Wanna Be Startin' Something
12. Freeez -- IOU
13. Yazoo -- Nobody's Diary
14. George Benson -- Lady Love Me (One More Time)
15. Nick Heyward -- Take That Situation
16. H2O -- Dream To Sleep
17. Booker Newbury III -- Love Town
18. Bob Marley & The Wailers -- Buffalo Soldier
19. Shakatak -- Dark Is The Night
20. Paul Young -- Wherever I Lay My Hat (That's My Home)

Are there any other hidden gems in there that I should know about?

NOTE: Our colleagues at Talking In Stereo have included this track in their latest mix. Check it out. Also, here's the instrumental version in case anyone is craving 7 more minutes of this.

This post is dedicated to Casey Kasem.

Flash and the Pan on CD


Bobby Calabrese (aka DJ BWYSE) said...

Thanks for mentioning my blog. I am getting crazy referrals. Thanks

Emmett said...

You got it, Bwyse. Thanks for linking to us! I noticed you posted this track while my copy was in the mail from eBay... synchronicity.

Anonymous said...

Always good to hear Flash and the Pan. One of my faves from long ago. Really enjoyed a lot of their stuff. Thanks for posting.

Anonymous said...

I love Flash and the Pan and had to have a good hunt for this song ages ago, go to see it posted, I might go and buy a copy of panorama now (I think that's their album)

ally. said...

gawd that chart is awful. you've definately found the only gem. well done.

Emmett said...

Thanks for the info, Ally. The Mike Oldfield track looked intriguing to me -- is it bad? I've never heard of some of the artists -- like "Bucks Fizz", for example. Maybe we'll post a complete top 20 sometime as an historical exercise.

Mick said...

Belated thanks for this. I've enjoyed hearing it again so much. The weird thing is I hated it back in the 80's

Emmett said...

That's good to hear, Mick. Sometimes one questions the value of posting something that somebody somewhere might actually have heard before... Glad you enjoyed this after not hearing it for a while. I could definitely see hating this, BTW. It's grating in a way. But it seems to have aged better than a lot of its contemporaries on that chart.

davyh said...

Weren't they Australian? Were they 'big down under' (ahem)?

Emmett - the Mike Oldfield track was a BIG, BIG hit in the UK and still gets played now and then on middle-of-the-road daytime radio.

Very poppy, acoustic guitar driven, vocals from Oldfield's sister Sally, synth solo at the end. NOT in the least bit prog, which may or may nor be a good thing, depending on your viewpoint.

Can I put a vote in for Shakatak by the way?

Never hip, sometimes frankly embarassing (but maybe that was just the 80s big hair) they made some good lite-jazz/funk records.

Pianist Bill Sharpe continues to record under the name.

And America! Buck's Fizz won the Eurovision Song Contest for the UK in 1981!!! They were ABBA copyists (sue me!).

Emmett said...

Hey Davy, thanks for the comment! Prior to today I thought a Shakatak was just when Shaquille O'Neal goes mental in the paint... I will check out this band if I see their records anywhere.