Would You Like Some Sax With Your Culture?

While I was in Pier 1 yesterday, I felt like I had stepped back in time. All they were playing was dance music from 80s.

I’m not sure what feeling the store was going for, but maybe it says something about the people who shop there: We all came of age during the 1980s.

While checking out the garage sale items of the future, that Pier 1 was charging top dollar for now,  😉   I found myself listening to songs I hadn’t heard in more than 20 years. However, perhaps none surprised me more than Culture Club’s, It’s A Miracle.

What surprised me was that there was a saxophone solo in the song.

In all my hours on the dance floor during the 80s, I don’t remember the Culture Club having a sax solo in any of there music. But there it was at 1:25, a tenor solo by Steve Grainger.

Boy George was perhaps the first artist to openly be who he was. Culture Club pushed the boundaries and went beyond the 1980s androgyny, and introduced cross dressing and drag to the then-new, music video phenomena.

It’s not surprising that the 1990s brought about a complete 180 in musical style, performers’ dress, presentation, etc. The 90s were seemingly a backlash to the previous decade. It was a backlash that would last for more than 20 years.

…this is just my blog. My “real” website is www.bassic-sax.info. If you’re looking for sax info, you should check it out too.There’s lots there!

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Helen Kahlke is a professional horn player and sax teacher who lives in Abbotsford, British Columbia. She plays soprano, alto, C melody, tenor, baritone, and bass saxophones.

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