At which point I turned around

My introduction to Laura Branigan was the brilliant European synthpop single “Self Control,” which climbed to #3 in 1984; I kept up with her for a while after that, and was rather startled at her death — cerebral aneurysm — in 2004. Self Control, the album, was her third, and I must admit that I didn’t go back to check out the first two, or else I’d have heard this:

Which is essentially this song with a new set of lyrics:

Falco, who actually wrote “Der Kommissar,” probably had some frustration of his own, with two wildly different cover versions eclipsing his original.


  1. Lorna »

    5 May 2016 · 5:27 pm

    I’m going to listen! Not heard of them before, so thanks for introducing them!

    Raindrops of Sapphire

  2. Lorna »

    5 May 2016 · 5:35 pm

    Yep, both of these are so 80’s! Kind of relaxing vibe to them though!

  3. CGHill »

    5 May 2016 · 5:38 pm

    It’s a nice, semi-jangly tune. Good for what ails you.

  4. John Salmon »

    6 May 2016 · 1:15 pm

    About a year ago, I realized I hadn’t heard about her in a long time, looked her up because I thought she was hot (how my mind works) and was disturbed to learn she had died. The early mortality rate in pop music is unreal.

  5. Roger Green »

    6 May 2016 · 3:25 pm

    I always likes that Van Morrison song…wait, wrong Gloria.

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