You take a Nickelodeon
(which means an accordion), guitar and drums, sing songs
full of guitar and drums, sing lyrics full of
sailor-romanticism and write a rather simple song - and
you get happy music just like the quartet named SAILOR.
SAILOR really sound happy most of the time. Funny and
above all plausible are the melodies.
What was a gag on the first LP of SAILOR, namely to
disguise everything in a Freddy-Quinn-sailor-way, seems
to be slightly mouldy on "Trouble". The days of
catchy tunes like "Girls Of Amsterdam" or
"Traffic Jam" from the debut LP are over,
SAILOR now seem like a Bryan Ferry-imitation with their
hit "A Glass Of Champagne" and with "My
Kind Of Girl" more like a bad version of the Walker
Brothers. Many critics compare SAILOR with a steamer on a
holiday-trip which everyone likes to join - for me the
quartet sounds more like a small fishing cutter. In spite
of this I have to admit that friends of the simple
chart-music can here finally find an alternation to the
Bay-Sweet-Rubettes-mixture, that gains advantages because
of its happiness and fun.
by courtesy of Thomas Henning (Berlin, Germany)!