EIGHTIES STAR EASTON BACK
MORNING TRAIN BEGAN JOURNEY
MENTION Sheena Easton to most people over 40 years of age and they will probably misremember the name of her most famous song, Morning Train.
A catchy account of a girl waiting on a platform for her officebound sweetheart to return from his nine-to-five job, its original name was too close to another big hit of the time, Dolly Parton’s 1980s song Nine to Five, which was released the same year.
Morning Train was a huge hit for Easton and launched her on a journey to ’80s stardom.
Ahead of her latest Australian tour – the singer is performing at Rooty Hill RSL – the 57-year-old singer laughs when asked if it was perhaps a strange sentiment in the power-suited 1980s for a woman to sing about whiling away the hours waiting for her man to finish work so he could take her dancing.
“I never claimed to be a trailblazer for women,” she said.
“I was then and am now a singer of bouncy, fun hits, country songs, sad ballads, and popular standards. If people want to delve into the meaning of a pop song, that’s their call.”
Easton was a 1980s star, who went on to have hits with Prince and Kenny Rogers, as well as a hugely successful solo career.
Often mocked by today’s arbiters of style, the 1980s is a decade Easton remembers fondly.
“People had a lot of fun with their clothes,” she said. “And all that lopsided, enormous hair.”
Easton left Britain for the US soon after she rose to fame and lives in Las Vegas, where she raised her two children.
She counts hers as a fortunate life and is delighted to still be playing shows for nostalgic crowds.
1980s star Sheena Easton will perform for fans at Rooty Hill RSL Club.