The Analog Kid’s iTunes music folder contains 100,455 songs, so you may think that I own everything by everybody. Not so fast, my friends– even a collection that large is bound to have some true one-hit wonders and/or obscurities mixed in with the 553 Duran Duran songs. In this continuing series, I will feature an artist that has exactly one song in my entire digital library.
The English band Haysi Fantayzee only made one album during their brief existence, and my vinyl copy of Battle Hymns For Children Singing is currently sitting on top of my “rip this to digital” stack. Therefore, I figured I better go ahead and feature Haysi Fantayzee on my “One Is The Loneliest Number” series before it’s too late! Of course, that “one” song is “Shiny Shiny,” an infectiously annoying MTV favorite from 1983. “Shiny Shiny” barely broke into the Top 75 in America (it reached #16 in the U.K.), and the band broke up shortly afterwards without ever having played a live show. Ahhh, the ’80s…
Haysi Fantayzee may be best known for their unique sense of style, and are often attributed at the inspiration for Boy George’s classic look. Vocalist Jeremy Healy had been friends with Boy George since childhood, but George denied that he “stole” his signature look from his friend. The two apparently patched up their differences, as Healy went on to record solo music for George’s label after Haysi Fantayzee’s demise.
Kate Garner was the female doppelgänger in Haysi Fantayzee, and she went on to become a very respected photographer. Remember the striking cover photo on the European version of Sinéad O’Connor’s The Lion And The Cobra? That picture was taken by Kate. It’s one of my favorite album covers of all time, and I still don’t know why they used a more subdued photo on the American version.
Enjoy your time in the spotlight, “Shiny Shiny”– as soon as I reset all of my rip settings in Audacity (curse you, hard drive crash!), you will no longer be the only Haysi Fantayzee song in my library!
Haysi Fantayzee: “Shiny Shiny” (Paul Caplin/Kate Garner/Jeremy Healy)
From the album Battle Hymns For Children Singing
RCA Records, 1983
The first rule of The Analog Kid blog is that if you write about a song on the Analog Kid blog, you share the song on the Analog Kid blog.
Culture Club: “I’ll Tumble 4 Ya” [Special Extended Version Remix} (O’Dowd/Hay/Moss/Craig)
From the U.S. 12″ single I’ll Tumble 4 Ya
Epic Records, 1983
Sinéad O’Connor: “Drink Before The War” (Sinéad O’Connor)
From the album The Lion And The Cobra
Chrysalis Records, 1987