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Jul 10

YAZZ AND THE PLASTIC POPULATION – “The Only Way Is Up”

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#613, 6th August 1988, video

It may have come out in time to lord it over the charts during the Second Summer of Love; it may have a production credit for Coldcut – but there’s nothing outrageously radical about “The Only Way Is Up”. It’s the fifth cover version to get to number one in 1988, and nobody who’d heard “Don’t Leave Me This Way” then this would feel the ground of pop had shifted dramatically.

If there’s something new here it’s in the record’s self-assurance, the way it acts like that ground has indeed moved.

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