Still talkin’ about time­less pop

Herald Sun - Hit - - MUSIC - With CAMERON ADAMS

I’M TALK­ING BEAR WIT­NESS (BLOODLINES)

Fact: if Dua Lipa or Katy Perry re­leased a song as good as I’m Talk­ing’s Holy Word in 2018 it would rightly be hailed as a pop mas­ter­piece.

Also a fact: when I’m Talk­ing re­leased Holy Word back in July 1986 it reached No. 9 but the song, like the band, re­mains cru­elly over­looked in the his­tory of Aus­tralian mu­sic.

I’m Talk­ing only re­leased one stu­dio al­bum, Bear Wit­ness,

and 32 years (and now two reis­sues) later the songs and pro­duc­tion still sound both of their time but also time­less.

The deep-dive disco funk grooves of Do You Wanna Be

hold up in an era where peo­ple are still try­ing to get the sound Nile Rodgers gave to Daft Punk.

How Can It Be was their fi­nal sin­gle, miss­ing the charts but not the hearts — a stun­ning bal­lad that re­minds you that Kate Ce­ber­ano was then barely le­gal but had years of un­der-age jazz shows un­der her wings (one of the bonus tracks is a cover of Cry Me a River).

Their early sin­gles now join the al­bum — their trade­mark cover of Rose Royce’s Love Don’t Live Here Any­more,

break­through hit Trust Me and the brassy, Michael Jack­son-in­flu­enced Lead

the Way.

Zan Abeyratne, who sang

Holy Word, gets time to shine on brit­tle bal­lad It’s Over and

Dis­as­ter is that apoc­a­lyp­tic disco Frankie Goes To Hol­ly­wood were deal­ing in at the time. Stay With Me could have slipped on to any early Madonna al­bum, Love Means Ev­ery­thing could be a Chic track, which goes to prove how good Ce­ber­ano’s voice was even in the early days.

As well as many b-sides and remixes son­i­cally pol­ished on the var­i­ous for­mats there’s an aborted Stock Aitken Water­man re­make of Do You Wanna Be where I’m Talk­ing briefly be­came Mel & Kim.

VER­DICT A lost gem is found again

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