Dancing on the wall

It was a year of miracles, 1989. The Iron Curtain which had divided Europe for 40 years, which seemed as permanent and indestructible as the pyramids, was swept aside. Communist regimes, ruthless police states all, collapsed like portable picnic tables hit by a car. And the most amazing thing? Scarcely a shot was fired. People were just fed up, and they gathered in town squares and demanded that the revolting, corrupt apparatchiks of the Communist government surrender power. And they did! People were dancing on top of the Berlin Wall! It was smoother in some places than others – there was real bloodshed in Romania. But it seemed a new dawn, a chance for the world to become a better place.

Oh, and there was Bros. A pair of pretty boys. In the classic English style, they had a hint of breaking both ways. They put out records, and were hugely successful.

I confess: it is a little hard for me to understand why. Having been around in the 1980s, I can take polished hi-gloss dance-orientated synth-pop, or I can leave it. To my ear, Bros is a kind of vanilla-flavoured Michael Jackson. But Planet Vinyl is a broad church. It is always a good thing that people make music, and Bros do what they do well. This is “Astrologically,” the B side of one of their many top ten singles. Profound it ain’t; danceable it is.

No idea if the people dancing on the Berlin Wall had Bros on the boombox, but it is perfectly possible. In a strange way, that is the point. People should be able to dance to whatever music they like – that is freedom.

  • Artist: Bros
  • A Side: Too Much
  • B Side: Astrologically
  • Format: 7”, 45 rpm, vinyl, stereo
  • Label: CBS
  • Made in: Australia
  • Catalogue: 654647 7
  • Year: 1989

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