Monday, December 01, 2008

"One Night In Bangkok Makes A Hard Man Humble..."

Murray Head: 'One Night In Bangkok' (1984)

Especially if you're a Western tourist trapped in Suvarnabhumi airport... Continuing with the 80s theme: I remember having been not so fond of this ditty back in the day (yes kiddoes, uncle pHinn is old enough to remember the yuppie decade, sigh), but now I find it kind of catchy...

From Chess, the musical of ABBA men Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson. The lyrics ("...the queens we use would not excite you /
So you better go back to your bars, your temples, your massage
parlours") annoyed Thai authorities -- worried about Bangkok's seedy reputation as a safe haven for sex tourists -- so much that the song is banned in Thailand (though unofficially gets many plays there).

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