Last night Stu and I went to see Jocelyn Brown at the Jazz Cafe.
Perhaps most famous for her 1984 hit Somebody Else's Guy Brown is a belter in the old school mode. She has a pair of lungs that could power a wind farm. Brown has had a diverse career being used as a backing vocalist on John Lennon's Mind Games, touring with Luther Vandross and working with Todd Terry on a number of dance tracks including Keep on Jumpin'. Indeed it was this hit that she opened her set with last night.
And it was a trifle indulgent set list to be honest. In the first half hour we had just four songs. Eight minute versions of classics can be fun but it does give you time to hear the song, go for a wazz, get a pint and fight your way back to your spot for the final five minutes.
I'm sad to report that Brown has actually lost some of her power. Her voice was good, but not that good. She seemed to be struggling with some of her trademark vocal gymnastics. As Stu put it, "that song should have made the hair on the back of my neck stand up. It didn't."
But we had a good time. We sang along. We danced.
Highlight was probably her belting out No More Tears (Enough is Enough) "for the girls out there... and the boys".
Lowlight was a song called Always There - was that an unrecognisable version of Always There (her hit with Incognito)?
I was secretly hoping Right Said Fred might pop out for the encore of Don't Talk Just Kiss but it was not to be.