16/09/2020: “Valerie (1987 Mix)” by Steve Winwood

The original ’82 mix of this is okay. But this blog is not in the business of okay. It’s all about the bangers here!

This version is peak 80s – so if you like 80s music, you’ll no doubt love this. And quite possibly have done some dubious karaoke to it.

As themes for 80s pop songs go, ‘Valerie’ is fairly standard. Guy meets girl, guy loses girl, guy misses girl. However, the song was written, apparently, with a certain singer called Valerie Carter in mind, whose star was fading due to drug abuse.

The ’87 version did a lot better than the original, because it’s a lot better. It reached number 9 on the US Billboard Hot 100.