Saturday Flashback: Jon Secada – If You Go

“The sort of thing that’d get someone’s attention as they’re scanning through an FM radio dial.”

Tom: Peak 1994 “Latin-influenced adult contemporary American pop” here. As in, this was designed for the CD collections of soccer moms across the United States.

Tim: Hmm, okay.


 

Tom: Good enough, really, isn’t it?

Tim: Yep, and certainly very 1994 pop – I’m filing that alphabetically right ahead of Lighthouse Family and M People. 

Tom: Catchy chorus, the sort of thing that’d get someone’s attention as they’re scanning through an FM radio dial. Key change, of course, to push it past four minutes. I never heard this before last week, and somehow it still makes me feel a bit nostalgic.

Tim: Well, it’s the sound – entirely typical. Good, mind, but typical.

Tom: Also, well done to the director at the end, who just told the extras “bounce up and down on your seats a bit, it’ll look like the bus is moving, honest”.

Although the best performance of this track was, of course, that time a stage lift didn’t work and Jon Secada had to sing while clambering out of a hole at the ’94 World Cup opening ceremonies in Chicago. It starts at 6’35” in.

Tim: And the absolutely perfect thing is that the camera cuts to him right has he sings “I’m almost there”. Beautiful stuff. 

Tom: Turns out he dislocated his shoulder, so, uh, sorry Jon. 

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