Good Tradition

Album: Ancient Heart (1988)
Charted: 10

Songfacts®:

  • In the July 2, 1988 issue of Melody Maker, an article credited to Jonh Wilde, In The Grand Tradition, includes an interview with an 18-year-old Tanita Tikaram, who was just enjoying her first chart success with "Twist In My Sobriety."

    "Good Tradition" was her debut single. The journalist wrote: "As debuts go, it lacks that certain flurry...The voice suggests greater things though".
  • The lady herself said: "It's a song of love and hate. The fact that the family unit is just about the only thing that thrives on those extremes of emotion."
  • The voice certainly does suggest greater things, and for a teenager, it is quite amazing, but this uptempo violin based track also delivers, and is at least as good as her thoughtful follow up, the aforementioned "Twist In My Sobriety."

    Eventually it reached the Top Ten in the UK; running to 2 minutes 52 seconds and backed by "Valentine Heart", it was produced by Rod Argent and Peter Van Hooke. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Alexander Baron - London, England, for above 3

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