Indeep’s 1982 Single: Last Night a DJ Saved My Life.
Indeep’s 1982 classic chart hit, Last Night a DJ Saved My Life, receives a well-deserved mention in the pages of my Punk and New Wave Memoir, Bombed Out! chiefly because I fancied the two female singers, especially Rajane Magloire (better known to me for the past 30 odd years – until I researched this article – as the woman in the black dress).
I was still a teenager in 1982, mind you, when such infatuations with gorgeous singers on Top Of The Pops was the norm. Well, for me, anyway…
What I loved about the single was its really simple but powerful bass line, which hypnotically drives the song. I also think it was one of the first disco/hip hop crossover successes.
Indeep hailed from New York and consisted of Michael Cleveland – the keyboard player – and Rose Marie Ramsay, who seemed to do most of the singing onstage, and Rejane Magloire who danced around a lot. (I have added a You Tube link to their performance, which I still vividly remember watching at the time.)
As a reminder never to dryly summarise silly song lyrics, I was much amused to read on Wikipedia, a ‘summary’ of this single’s lyrics, which goes like this:
‘The lyrics tell the story of a woman who is bored alone at home. She wants to speak to her man, but cannot reach him and considers leaving him, until a DJ plays a hot song and thereby saves her life. In the second verse, she leaves home, but does not reach her destination. The sound of squeaky wheels suggests she has an accident, but is saved by a DJ playing a good song on the radio.’
The single had massive chart success around the world in 1982 and 1983, but sadly for the band none of their follow-up singles had anything like the success of Last Night a DJ Saved My Life, which is why they now make regular appearances in One Hit Wonder chart programmes.
Er, a bit like Dead or Alive…
An interesting subsequent career opened up for Regane Magloire: she went on to provide vocals for Technotronic in the late 1980s/early 1990s, the Belgian band responsible for the outstanding hit ‘Pump Up The Jam”, which isn’t a bad track to have on your musical resume.
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