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Monday, May 12, 2008

Throwback: That Loving Feeling

Sweet Jesus, if I had known Cicero was this hot back in 1993 when I bought the Crying Game soundtrack -- on which his duet with Sylvia Mason-James, "Live For Today," appeared -- I'd have begged, borrowed and stealed then to order his full-length CD, Future Boy, on import!

If you've never heard "Live For Today," a Pet Shop Boys-produced track literally overspilling with synth-y arpeggios and overlapping chords, and topped with hopeful-if-not-desperate lyrics about forgetting the consequences and giving in to a doomed love affair, track it down!

For me personally, the sublime "Live For Today" appeared on every mix tape I made for my friends in 1993 and 1994.

David Cicero was born in 1970 in the Long Island part of New York, but was raised in Scotland by his mother. In the final chapter of the paperback version of Chris Heath's 1989 Pet Shop Boys book, Literally, there's a brief mention of how Cicero got signed to the duo's label in the early '90s:
That summer [1992], the Pet Shop Boys also launched their own record label, Spaghetti recordings. In its first year it released...records by its two longterm signings, rap duo Ignorance and Scottish singer, synthesizer player and songwriter, Cicero. The latter first met the Pet Shop Boys backstage after the [1989] Glasgow concert... He gave a cassette of his songs to [their assistant]...
Cicero had three singles off his 1992 Future Boy album (which sadly only saw a U.K. release that apparently suffered from distribution problems), and you gotta love how the homoerotic undertones of British "lad culture" were totally exploited in the videos! Is he gay? Is he straight? Who knows.

Here are the vids for "That Loving Feeling" and Cicero's only Top 20 U.K. hit, "Love Is Everywhere" (both of which Neil Tennant sings backing vocals on) -- dig the naked locker room and shirtless bedroom scenes:



Aww, bagpipes! "Love Is Everywhere" always kinda sounded a bit like New Order's "Bizarre Love Triangle" to me. The album also contains a rad, epic track called "Then," which gradually builds and comes close to packing the same emotional wallop "Live For Today" does.

Chris Lowe directed the video for the other single, "Heaven Must Have Sent You Back To Me." Future Boy is available on U.K. iTunes.

ALSO SEE:
* Cicero fan site
* David Cicero's MySpace

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13 Comments:

  • At 3:57 AM, Blogger Paul said…

    I was utterly obsessed with Cicero and mainly Love is Everywhere. I thought it was just such an amazing tune that made me tingly all over. I do have the album on cd somewhere around the house - i'll have to root it out :)

     
  • At 8:32 AM, Blogger Cristián said…

    Oh, that good old Linn Drum machine was never put to rest for a moment during those crazy late-80s/early-90s days.
    The beat pattern heard here on "Love Is Everywhere" is exactly the same used earlier by S/A/W in the remix version of Donna Summer's "I Don't Wanna Get Hurt".

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KYYaHS3dBoI

     
  • At 11:35 AM, Blogger Poster Girl said…

    Oh wow--I LOVE "Live For Today"! That bubbly opening (well, and backing in general, since it comes back): that's the sort of stuff that gets me excited about music all over again. I love how it works wit the "until tomorrow/live for today" line. Thanks for writing about it!

     
  • At 12:21 PM, Anonymous Heaven Must Have Sent You Back tOrangutan said…

    Cicero, dayum. witness da hotness!

     
  • At 9:13 AM, Anonymous John from PA said…

    Don't know how I missed that track was back when. Just ordered the soundtrack on Amazon Marketplace for 95 cents, plus s/h, of course. Thanks for that heads up D'luv!

     
  • At 9:14 AM, Anonymous John from PA said…

    "way back then" (Correction)

     
  • At 10:49 PM, Blogger Yuяi said…

    "Then" is a GREAT (album) track! Thanks for the head's up, RD!

     
  • At 9:35 AM, Blogger Adem With An E said…

    Awww, luff this :)

     
  • At 9:49 AM, Blogger Carlbob said…

    Dave Cicero actually now works in the call centre for my beautiful employes, BSkyB...

    Read all about it etc

     
  • At 3:32 PM, Anonymous Franny said…

    me and my friends once met cicero on the tube. it was the highlight of our teenage years for a long time until bad boys inc came and performed at my school. i've got a photo of me with him and an autograph on a bit of paper. nice.

     
  • At 2:53 PM, Anonymous PopMuse.com said…

    oh man how i used to masterbate to this guys face when he appeared in DETOUR magazine, forget about it. he was my early 90s dream boy. so was he sleeping with one of the PSB men or what?

     
  • At 3:42 PM, Anonymous Cicerochick said…

    He's working on a second album at the moment :) I follow him on twitter. It's @Dave_Cicero if you's want to keep up to date. He made an On Demand TV appearance recently.

     
  • At 8:55 PM, Blogger chenmeinv0 said…

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