CND Song(s) 10

The Spoons - Nova Heart, 1981 (Burlington, Ontario)

...and The Payolas - Eyes of a Stranger, 1981 (Vancouver, B.C.)

'And I'll sleep, sleep in your Nova Heart, as things come apart...'

'In your lips I sense a danger. You've got the eeeeeyyyyyeeesss of a stranger...'

Now, I'll admit that this two-fer made more sense when I originally planned Strange Advance's 'We Run' to be the second song on the double bill. Both are Canadian New Wave hits with plenty of atmosphere and synthesizers, and I loved both in the day and still do. But EMI has cruelly cut 'We Run' out of my Youtube-viewing life here in Ireland. No matter. 'Eyes of a Stranger' was released the same year as 'Nova Heart', and I still have fond memories of Paul Hyde's acting/singing, which here mainly consists of doing bizarre bug-eyed faces at the camera to emphasise that eyes are involved in his dilemma, and strangeness. 'Nova Heart' seems to have aged well, though the hair and clothes on the fellas certainly take me back, and if anyone can explain what is happening in the video with the big glowing egg and all, I'll give you...a strawberry. Or perhaps a clothespin. As a side note, is it just me, or is Gordon Deppe singing with a fake English accent, on this and all Spoons songs? Maybe it's a New Wave accent.

Here's The Spoons:

...and The Payolas:

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