Before rocking down to Electric Avenue, Eddy Grant fronted a reggae cross-over band named The Equals. They released several blogworthy singles, but right now 1976's 'Funky Like A Train' is the song that keeps clanking around the tracks in my head. All aboard!
The first time I felt compelled to collect music was after listening to Madness in 1981. I treasured my first childhood 45s, 'Our House' and 'It Must Be Love'. I may have even slept with them, very delicately. No stuffed animals for this kid! It wasn't until decades later that I discovered Labi Siffre's version from 1971. There's no ska horns, runaway funeral processions, big birds or killer whales, but I love the original ballad just the same. Enjoy.