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Africa by Toto. Why are your friends still obsessed by it?

Old 13th Oct 2018, 15:02
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Africa by Toto. Why are your friends still obsessed by it?

I thought it was just me.

what is it about this track that as soon as it comes on the car radio I have to crank up the volume and sing as loudly as poosible? Even my kids who were not even a twinkle in 1983 join in.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/newsbeat-45810659



Never quite got the meaning of this lyric though:

“The wild dogs cry out in the night
As they grow restless, longing for some solitary company”

Isn’t solitary company an oxymoron?


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Old 13th Oct 2018, 16:11
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For some reason it always reminds me of Peter Frampton's song "Baby, I Love Your Way", from the album Frampton Comes Alive. Probably because a girlfriend in the late 70s was obsessed with it, and would rewind the cassette in my car and just play this track over and over again...
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Old 13th Oct 2018, 17:24
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What's wrong with oxymorons? It's a rhetorical and poetic device. Shakespeare wouldn't exist without them.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oxymoron

As to a fascination with Africa - nostalgia? "the girlfriend?" Lost youth? I actually more-or-less missed it in the 80's. But it started coming up on the Muzak™ on a recent job (probably because Weezer just cut a cover this year), and I found the vocal harmonies, instrumental riffs, and back-rhythms compelling, even without really listening to the lyrics.
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Old 13th Oct 2018, 17:45
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Many years ago I went through a "Where do you go to my lovely" phase for some months. Liked the accordion drifting off in that decrescendo whirl at the end. Don't like accordions.

Nothing now but The Year of the Cat's subtle hook where Al drops that one note low in an acoustic guitar passage still prompts me to re-play.
That note from nowhere just should not be there, but is perfect.
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Old 13th Oct 2018, 18:20
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Any recording by Toto makes me want to throw up when I hear it.
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Old 13th Oct 2018, 18:32
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Not for the first time on here I have to admit that my knowledge of what might be termed "pop music" is abysmal, so I Googled Toto to find out something about the band. I discovered this interesting fact

TOTO is one of the world's leading suppliers of bathroom products. Sanitary ware, faucets, furniture, accessories - all from a single source.
Might come in handy for you TWT

Quite liked the song though!
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Old 13th Oct 2018, 18:50
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My go to power ballad that needs to be sung at full volume is I Wanna Know What Love Is by Foreigner.

The bit where the gospel choir join the chorus always gives me goosebumps.

Totally with Year if the Cat too. Very underrated track IMHO.


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Old 13th Oct 2018, 19:20
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Navigationally challenged.....

As sure as Kilimanjaro rises like Olympus above the Serengeti....
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Old 13th Oct 2018, 23:09
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Originally Posted by TWT View Post
Any recording by Toto makes me want to throw up when I hear it.
Give this arrangement a go, then.

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Old 13th Oct 2018, 23:17
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Give this arrangement a go, then.

https://youtu.be/-c9-poC5HGw

Very, very good.
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Old 13th Oct 2018, 23:31
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Martin,

That is simply WONDERFUL!

Many thanks,

BSD.
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Old 13th Oct 2018, 23:56
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Raise you..

Try this Martin, BBE
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Old 14th Oct 2018, 03:00
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Any time that any of the above-mentioned songs comes on the radio, the switch I reach for is not the volume, but the channel change. ANYTHING but those songs. Barrrrfff.....
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Old 14th Oct 2018, 11:32
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The wild dogs cry out in the night
As they grow restless, longing for some solitary company”

Isn’t solitary company an oxymoron?
Nah. They're dialoging about the desire of the wild dogs to get in touch with the singularity of unaccompanied prey so they can kill and eat it. Without this, the dogs can't validate themselves thus reducing further their sense of self-worth.
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Old 15th Oct 2018, 21:29
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I got stuck on this for a while. Thought it had some kind of inner meaning. Turns out just a nice tune, well recorded.

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Old 15th Oct 2018, 22:04
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I always thought it was, "I miss the rains down in Africa," which made me nostalgic for places and times gone by.

"Gonna take some time to do the things we never have" -- Upbeat forward looking statement, IMHO.

Angel City Chorale version:
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Old 15th Oct 2018, 22:21
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As a kid I can remember all the fuss and not understanding why... thought it was just OK. However I have to admit all these years later I can still recall most of it pretty well and admittedly have more admiration. Certainly it is in a league of its own, can see that now, but couldn't tell you the reason... subconscious perhaps.
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Old 15th Oct 2018, 23:37
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Give this arrangement a go, then
They seem to be having a lot of fun.

Me not so much!

(preferred the Toto version)
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Old 16th Oct 2018, 02:21
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Unusual verse structure, vocals sung on off-beat triplets, borrowed chords from other keys and a partially unchained melody.
Can appreciate it as a very inventive piece of music.
And yet, like others here, I cannot stand Toto.
Grudgingly played Rosanna when our band's key boards player insisted (bass riff falls very naturally within three frets, despite going through 3-4 keys - that's another sign of a well written piece of music).
Thank God we dropped it when the singer complained he needed a rubber band around his scrote to sing it properly!
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Old 16th Oct 2018, 16:36
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I came across this version, which I think is even better than the original (and all the other covers on YouTube). The guys recorded it outside a pizza shop in Utah.

The audience obviously loved it too, judging by the thunderous applause...

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