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The band wasn't sure that this song was good enough for the album. It had a more commercial sound and glossier production than their previous jazz funk recordings. It became their first and biggest hit in America. The album has now sold over three million copies worldwide, and had a 72-week stay on the US charts. This song was acknowledged at the 1991 BMI Awards for one million US performances.
Bassist Mark King, whose percussive slap bass technique provided the driving groove for this and other Level 42 hits, is known as the "Man with the Golden Thumb." He is such a good bass player that his hands were insured in the late 1980s for a fortune. (thanks, Edward Pearce - Ashford, Kent, England, for above 2)
Mark King appeared as a carnival master-like Phantom Of The Video in the expensive music video for this song. King reprised this role for Level 42's song "Leaving Me Now," which was also on The World Machine. (thanks, SynchPedro86 - Edinburgh)
The actress Cheri Lunghi (Excalibur, The Mission) played the love interest in the music video.
His keyboard work helped define the Muscle Shoals sound and make him an integral part of many Neil Young recordings. Spooner is also an accomplished songwriter, whose hits include "I'm Your Puppet" and "Cry Like A Baby."
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Jonathan Edwards - "Sunshine"
"How much does it cost? I'll buy it?" Another songwriter told Jonathan to change these lyrics. Good thing he ignored this advice.
Dave Pirner of Soul Asylum
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