Sometimes we need to be reminded of the influences upon our own music. Through teaching I often revisit some of my own earlier inspirations and this one got me so re-excited I simply have to share it with everyone: Kid Creole & the Coconuts.
This large band is not widely known here in Oz but I know it was a significant influence on a fellow artist, who based an entire period of his career on this act. Remind yourself of the fantastic bands from the early eighties, who could cut it both live and in the studio. Real musicians playing real instruments; rockin' their proverbial. I'm purposely not posting a link here; as Molly Meldrum often says "Do yourself a favour." Do a search on Kid Creole et al - I'm sure all of you will love it.