Nobody saw this coming

Brian J. put out some coin of the realm for Snapshot, the third album by country singer Sylvia, perhaps mostly forgotten these days, though her 1982 single “Nobody,” which crossed over to the pop charts, gets occasional airplay now and then. Of course, Brian remembered her. From 2013:

If “pretty woman on the cover” were the only criterion, though, I’d own a lot more Sylvia albums today.

Her most recent is It’s All in the Family, from, um, 2016. And it was her ability to sound a bit poppy, I suspect, that suggested she should do one of those fancy-schmancy music videos like they used to have on the MTV; her “The Matador” was the first video on CMT that wasn’t just the band playing in front of three cameras. It goes like this:

Yeah, it’s pure 1981. You’ll get over it.

And from 2016, here’s “Do Not Cry For Me”:

Not that you’d notice, but she’s now 61 years old.


  1. Dan T. »

    3 May 2018 · 10:26 pm

    I remember her single “Snapshot” (presumably on the album of that name), her rather less successful followup to “Nobody”. The radio station I was listening to at the time had a recurring feature called the “Record Crusher” where they’d play a new single, narrated by some cartoon-voice character, and ask listeners to call in and vote on whether to play it again or crush it. That single came up, with the cartoon-DJ suggesting that the snapshot was taken on “Ecch-tachrome”. I think the vote went to crush it, but I’m not sure.

  2. Dan T. »

    4 May 2018 · 6:49 am

    Here’s the video, with lots of darkroom scenes showing what was involved with phiotography in those pre-digital days:

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