- It mentions both Yul Brynner and Somerset Maugham.
- It rhymes 'tourist' and 'purist', 'waistline' and 'sunshine', 'witness' and 'cerebral fitness', and 'Buddha' and 'would a'.
- Those rhymes are all delivered by Murray Head in a horribly insincere American accent.
- There are a handful of female voices serving as a Greek chorus.
- It starts with a quasi-orchestral introduction that lasts a top-forty-scuppering 1:45. Wikipedia helpfully informs us that this part of the song "cannot be confused with Thai folk music".
- The song proper is mid-eighties post-disco camp at its finest.
- It has a solo played inevitably ona keyboard but in imitation of a breathyt flute that I'd call a shakuhachi if I had the first clue what a shakuhachi was.
- The whole mess is a track from a musical called Chess, which is about... chess. In Bangkok.
- The musical, and thus the song itself, was written by the two male members of ABBA, and this served as their immediate follow-up to that record breaking band, following the departures of their respective exes.
- It was banned in Thailand for misrepresenting Thai culture.
- It toppled do-gooder song 'Do They Know It's Christmas?' from the number one position in Germany and Switzerland.
- A song this ridiculous made it to number one in Germany and Switzerland. And number three here in Canada.
- Could only have been the eighties, right?
Monday, July 18, 2011
One Night in Bangkok
How can I prove to you that 'One Night in Bangkok' is an awesome song? Well, where to begin...