Monday, September 26, 2011

45 RPM Memories: Tanita Tikaram - “Twist In My Sobriety”

Cryan Shames Alert: Fans of the Chicago-based 1960s band might want to drop by the Intercontinental Hotel in Rosemont Thursday Night to catch a performance by former members James Fairs and Tom Doody in The Montrose Room. They’ll be backed by a band on hits like “Could Be We’re In Love” and “Up On The Roof.” The show starts at 8:30 PM. Check out the Chicago Rock Bands 1960's page on Facebook for more details.

Singer-songwriter Tanita Tikaram wasn’t kidding when she sang, “Different thoughts are good for me” on her “Twist In My Sobriety” single back in 1988. The enigmatic lyrics sure sounded like they sprang from an unconventional thought process; mixing spiritual and food imagery on lines like, “You pig out ‘til you see the light” along with references to “a little pie” and a “cup of tea.” Tikaram exuded an independent spirit throughout this strange brew as well, while a hypnotic arrangement provided the perfect backdrop.

Aside from a chorus that included lines like, “Look my eyes are just holograms/Look your love has drawn red from my hands,” perhaps the biggest mystery of “Twist In My Sobriety” was how the 19-year old Tikaram managed to sing like a deep-voiced, much older woman. On the B-Side, “I Love You,” Tikaram created an off-kilter romantic tale with a coffeehouse ambience via a talky vocal style and acoustic guitar arrangement.

Tikaram retired from the music business temporarily, but is currently working on a new CD, and is performing her Acoustic Sessions Tour at selected dates in Europe.

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