New York Afternoon – Mondo Kane

SAW“Stock/ Aitken/ Waterman” or abbreviated as SAW is an English songwriter and producer consist of Mike Stock, Matt Aitken, and Pete Waterman. The trio had great success from the mid of 80’s also considered to be one of the most successful partnerships of all time. They’re scoring more than 100 UK top 40 hits, selling 40 million records during 1984 to 1989 with “bubblegum pop” musical style or labelled EuroBeat. 1986 was an interesting year for SAW to experiment with different styles and genres, also tackle a bit of Brazilian latin jazz. The triumvirate undercover as a studio band, Mondo Kane. Featuring vocalis Georgie Fame and regular backing singers to release debut single, New York Afternoon which was written by saxophonist Richie Cole in 1977. This original version has a very traditional jazz feel. It relates the lazy Sunday afternoon enjoyed by two lovers through New York in June. Then Mike Stock has commented that artists such as Herb Alpert and Sergio Mendes, also Matt Bianco were influences on Mondo Kane sound to inspire a new version is simply joyous in bossa nova. (nDy) 

Saat pertama nyimak New York Afternoon lewat radio Oz Bandung era 86an, langsung kutelpon si penyiar, “Apa nama album barunya Matt Bianco ini?”. Setelah disebut nama yg aneh, kamipun sama2 bingung dgn grup misterius ini. Juga muncul versi akapela milik Rare Silk yg kudengar dari radio KLCBS. Tanpa terasa misteri New York Afternoon serta Mondo Kane terkubur selama seperempat abad lebih, mendadak hadir kemarin saat nyari ide video dan topik baru setelah New York Rio Tokyo. Perlu dua hari browsing mencari info ttg Mondo Kane, jauh lebih mudah ngedit video maupun bedah audionya. Akhirnya seperti dapat durian runtuh, aku dapat kejutan berupa wawasan tentang mafia industri musik Inggris 80an yg pernah dikuasai tiga serangkai Stock/ Aitken/ Waterman alias SAW. Kapan2 nulis khusus tentang mereka berikut Mondo Kane, serta tinjauan New York sbg nama kota paling sering dijadikan lagu. Adapun dalam video kusertakan wajah terkenal, seperti Kylie Minogue asal Sydney yg sukses digarap trio SAW. Lenny Kravitz yg mewakili rockers pribumi, artis Liza Minnelli dan Robert De Niro sbg pemeran film New York New York, trio Odyssey berdisco Native New Yorker, Queen Latifah si supir taxi. Juga sekilas Frank Sinatra yg mencuri lagu New York New York dari Liza Minnelli, persis reputasinya merebut My Way milik Paul Anka. Spider Man turut hadir bergelantungan di hutan beton sbg ikon metropolis. Oya, hadir pula tokoh muda R&B  favoritku, almarhum Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes dari TLC dgn dua garis khas di pipi. Begitulah sekelumit keindahan sekaligus kejamnya belantara di kampung raksasa, bernama New York. (nDy)

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