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Single Of The Week 20/05/98

Single Of The Week is where I review a single I'm particularly enamoured of at the moment. It might be a brand spanking new release, or a classic from decades past that I just feel like going on about.

I Feel The Earth Move
Martika
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Hearing anything from Martika's self-titled solo album takes me immediately back to my final year of high school. Life was, in large measure, easy; academic work was a breeze; I had the entire house to myself most of the time; and there was a steady soundtrack of boppy pop music by female vocalists in the background.

Martika joined that pantheon with her first Australian single, the anti-drug classic 'Toy Soldiers'. 'I Feel The Earth Move' was confirmation, however, that this wasn't going to be a one-hit wonder performance a la Carol Hitchcock. I was too old in 1989 to even remember the Carole King original of 'I Feel The Earth Move', so the Martika version is the definitive text for me. Soon after I heard it, I rushed out and bought the album (on tape, no less). Very 1989 in sound, and well worth it.

Selecting a cover as my representative track is perhaps a bit unfair; unlike, say, Tiffany, Martika did have a hand in writing most of her hits, on both this and her second album, Martika's Kitchen (although she was famously aided by Prince on the latter).

Of course, it didn't take long for us to discover Martika's dodgier past, as one of the stars of Kids Incorporated prior to her nose job and mild name change (she was Marta in her television years). Nonetheless, it didn't affect my enjoyment of the music one iota. Almost ten years later (gulp), I can still play this track and feel the earth move.


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