EIGHT­IES STAR EAS­TON BACK

MORN­ING TRAIN BE­GAN JOUR­NEY

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - LIFESTYLE - Re­becca Dargie

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.

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