Mostly You Just Never Can Tell
:: Space Monkey - Walking Through Wonderland ::
Does anyone remember the '80s? Of course, everyone fucking remembers
the '80s, unless you're like 16, and even then you've been subjected
to so much '80s nostalgia during the course of your life you can't
help being an '80s expert, fer Christ's sake. But does anyone remember
Space Monkey? No doubt somebody does. Walking Through Wonderland
seems like a pretty good example of what the '80s sounded like, just
in case anyone didn't know. Not bad actually. Kind of makes you wish
you were young again, and forced to listen to this kind of shit. It
was either that or the same old '60s and '70s crap (soon to become
known as "classic rock"), and fuck that shit. The '60s and
'70s are the reason why the '80s sounded like fucking Space Monkey.
Also, hair product advances made it possible for a man to look like
Pia fucking Zadora.
The brainchild of one Paul Goodchild, the band's name apparently had
something to do with his belief that man evolved from space aliens
(?). They were signed to Innervision Records in the UK (along with
Wham!!!), and MCA in the U.S. Space Monkey released a couple of
singles and an album before being left for dead on the scrapheap of
failed '80s commercial attempts. Since there's nothing but keyboards here,
it's no surprise that one of the members of Space Monkey ended up in
Mike + The Mechanics.
I chose the B side of this single only because I liked it and maybe
it's even more obscure than the A side ("Come With Me"). In any case,
Walking Through Wonderland stands as a shining example of something
that didn't click, during an era when what DID click didn't
necessarily mean it was anything more than gimmickry that connected
with the masses for some unexplainable reason. Hey, wait a minute.