You're Living Inside My Head – John Ireland

One of my all-time favourite South African songs.

1001 South African Songs You Must Hear Before You Go Deaf

You’re Living Inside My Head – John Ireland (And here’s the bill for your rent)

People my age probably only liked John Ireland, but those a few years older had him living inside their heads, and for the slightly younger of us, we were a little taken aback at the pounding disco beat that emanated from our speakers once we stopped tittering at the suggestiveness of ‘I Like…’ and tracked down Mr Ireland’s earlier hit.

‘You’re Living Inside My Head’ blends an old tune (Greensleeves – remember that one from 1580?)  with sci-fi whistling sounds and mirror ball spinning  beats to create a floor-filler that incorporates both space and time. Ireland’s voice varies between almost whispered and at times somewhat creepy as he ‘Think(s) of you so much, you must be living inside my head’. He also manages to add a confident ‘big brother’ commanding tone that gives an…

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