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Thu, Sep. 14th, 2006, 11:23 am
Teenager of the eighties...

I've been plundering the secret music server at work (shhhhhhhh!)

There's alot of eighties stuff in the pop section, I came across this gem...
"One night in Bangkok" sung by Murray Head.

Remember it?


THE AMERICAN:

Scene from the music video
Bangkok, Oriental setting
And the city don't know what the city is getting
The creme de la creme of the chess world in a
Show with everything but Yul Brynner

Time flies -- doesn't seem a minute
Since the Tirolean spa had the chess boys in it
All change -- don't you know that when you
Play at this level there's no ordinary venue

It's Iceland -- or the Philippines -- or Hastings -- or --
or this place!

COMPANY:

One night in Bangkok and the world's your oyster
The bars are temples but the pearls ain't free
You'll find a god in every golden cloister
And if you're lucky then the god's a she
I can feel an angel sliding up to me

THE AMERICAN:

One town's very like another
When your head's down over your pieces, brother

COMPANY:

It's a drag, it's a bore, it's really such a pity
To be looking at the board, not looking at the city

THE AMERICAN:

I get my kicks above the waistline, sunshine
Whaddya mean? Ya seen one crowded, polluted, stinking town --

COMPANY:

Tea, girls, warm, sweet
Some are set up in the Somerset Maugham suite

THE AMERICAN:

Get Thai'd! You're talking to a tourist
Whose every move's among the purest
I get my kicks above the waistline, sunshine

COMPANY:

One night in Bangkok makes a hard man humble
Not much between despair and ecstasy
One night in Bangkok and the tough guys tumble
Can't be too careful with your company
I can feel the devil walking next to me

THE AMERICAN:

Siam's gonna be the witness
To the ultimate test of cerebral fitness
This grips me more than would a
Muddy old river or reclining Buddha

Scene from the music video
And thank God I'm only watching the game -- controlling it --

I don't see you guys rating
The kind of mate I'm contemplating
I'd let you watch, I would invite you
But the queens we use would not excite you

So you better go back to your bars, your temples, your massage
parlours --

COMPANY:

One night in Bangkok and the world's your oyster
The bars are temples but the pearls ain't free
You'll find a god in every golden cloister
A little flesh, a little history
I can feel an angel sliding up to me

One night in Bangkok makes a hard man humble
Not much between despair and ecstasy
One night in Bangkok and the tough guys tumble
Can't be too careful with your company
I can feel the devil walking next to me



We did this in choir in 1985 for an eisteddfod! I was old enough to get most of the innuendo. We did a lot of cool stuff but this would've been the most controversial song we sang.

Bless you Mrs Thompson, you rocked, I hope you still do.

Thu, Sep. 14th, 2006 02:22 am (UTC)
shattered_tiger

I loved this song. But I had a hell of a time recently convincing anyone it existed :)

Thu, Sep. 14th, 2006 02:34 am (UTC)
madefromstars

seriously? oh. must've been young people? they don't count.

Mon, Sep. 18th, 2006 08:25 am (UTC)
(Anonymous)

i've got the whole chess album kicking around somewhere O_o

- dennis