Sugar Bear – Don’t Scandalize Mine.

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Sugar Bear – Don’t Scandalize Mine. 12 inch record.

Teddy Jackson, better known to us as Sugar Bear, may have been a one hit wonder but what a hit it was!

Don’t Scandalize Mine didn’t cause a huge stir among the hip-hop community Stateside but it found its place on the UK rave scene where it was MASSIVE!

Back in 1988 when this record was released, the warehouse party scene in Britain incorporated a range of musical styles that included acid house, Detroit techno, deep house, new beat and yes, straight up hip-hop.

Quite a few of those hip-hop tracks ended up becoming better known in the UK than they were in the artists’ home country.

One thing that always seemed to make an impact on the British party goers was a catchy sample, in the case of Don’t Scandalize Mine it was the melody lifted from the Talking Heads’ classic Once In A Lifetime plus some vocal snippets from Eric B and Rakim.

Sugar Bear did release another single but it didn’t receive the same reception as Don’t Scandalize Mine and so, like many artists before and since, he’s been consigned to history as another one hit wonder.

Sugar Bear – Don’t Scandalize Mine. Previously unreleased music video.

If you like old school hip-hop you might like this classic album by Gang Starr.

Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark – Enola Gay.

Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark – Enola Gay. 12 inch single.

Enola Gay was certainly not the first song to be written about nuclear war or even the detonation of the first atomic bomb but OMD, as was always their way, did it a little differently.

The track is written about the USAAF B-29 Superfortress bomber that dropped the “Little Boy” atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima on the 6th of August 1945. The name of that plane was Enola Gay, named after the pilot Paul Tibetts’ mother.

Enola Gay Hiroshima B-29 Superfortress bomber and crew
Enola Gay B-29 Superfortress ground crew with pilot Paul Tibetts (centre).

As was typical of early Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark tracks, Enola Gay isn’t heavy on lyrics, relying on instrumental melodies and breakdowns instead of vocal choruses. Despite this, OMD’s front man and songwriter Andy McClusky managed to cram in numerous references to the bombing of Hiroshima in Enola Gay.

These included mentioning the bomb nicknamed “Little Boy” and the time of 08:15 when the atomic bomb detonated over Hiroshima stopping many of the residents’ clocks and watches at that time.

“It’s 8:15, that’s the time that it’s always been,
We got your message on the radio, conditions normal and you’re coming home.

Enola Gay, is mother proud of little boy today,
Uh huh, this kiss you give, it’s never ever gonna fade away.

Lyrics from Enola Gay by Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark written by Andy McClusky.

The record displayed by Ben is the UK 12 inch single featuring cover art by Peter Saville.

While Enola Gay is a true 1980’s classic, the single also gave us the very underrated standalone electronic track Annex. Have a listen to this brilliant piece of work.

Find out more about the Enola Gay’s role in the atomic bombing of Hiroshima on Wikipedia.

Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark – Enola Gay. Official music video.

Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark – Annex.

If you like ’80s synth pop we’re sure you’ll like this one from Yazoo too.

Listen to all these great tracks on our Spotify Playlists.