Spotlight: World Goes Round – The 80’s Rock Band Whose Music Is More Relevant Than Ever
World Goes Round release the third single from their upcoming album this Friday. It’s called ‘Put It On The Line’ and follows the release of ‘Big House’ and ‘Round The World’. What’s so remarkable about this release, is that an album written decades ago is so relevant today – maybe even more so.
Let’s delve into their three singles to get a taste of the messages the band have been conveying through their wonderful music. This is an exciting album release which we are VERY much looking forward to and for anyone who hasn’t yet heard the sounds of WGR, it’s about time you go and listen! Head over to their Spotify page to check them out.
Frank Musker on the origins of ‘Big House’, the debut release from World Goes Round…
“I don’t have a specific memory of writing Big House with Jeff and Marty but I do think it was essentially concept/lyric driven initially. I had visited the Amazon (not the online retailer!) about four times in Peru, Brazil and Venezuela. I was amazed by its pristine beauty, the sheer size of everything, the animal life and I had become a bit obsessed with South America generally. I still am. When I read that an area of forest equivalent to a thousand football fields was being destroyed at some impossibly rapid rate I was in despair and needed to express it in some meaningful way – hence the line ‘In the time it takes to sing this song, Another thousand acres will be gone.’
Also it was a couple of years before the Berlin Wall came down and I had become increasingly aware of the rumblings in the news of refugees fleeing from behind the Iron Curtain and the dangers they faced – ‘Well there’s a man in East Berlin, All he wants is a ticket on a westbound train’ – seems like not a lot has changed now…..if anything the refugee problem has got much worse. They all want the good life we enjoy in the west – and who could blame them?
So all these environmental and social things were going on in my head at the time but when I spoke about them to people in California and the UK they seemed completely oblivious. Actually I remember they thought I was a bit nuts and it was clear they felt quite uncomfortable talking about it. It was all so far away. Why is it our problem? So I got the idea of a bunch of ridiculously hedonistic people living it up in a big mansion up on a hill while down below the world was burning and choking on filthy polluted air. Nero fiddling while Rome burns. ‘So we do the dance – take it for granted, You tell the truth – they don’t understand it.’
Amongst my musical heroes at the time were Don Henley and Peter Gabriel – they seemed to have the platform to talk about difficult stuff in their music without people thinking they were being preached to. I remember Jeff and Marty coming up with the perfect musical feel for the song I wanted to write. The melody came very quickly and naturally with Elizabeth adding her amazing ad lib vocals and harmonies. It was very satisfying for me to sing. I found a way of expressing real anger and passion which I hadn’t been able to express before because the song itself was so powerful. It feels even more relevant today than it did then because of the likes of Extinction Rebellion, David Attenborough, Greta Thunberg etc. It’s now an urgent subject which is in the mainstream of public and political debate.
The song was written as a wake up call thirty years ago. It’s time to wake up now.”
Watch the video for ‘Big House’ here:
Round The World
World Goes Round explain the meaning behind the track…
“Bruce Springsteen once remarked that all the best rock tunes are ultimately based on We Gotta Get Outa This Place by the legendary Eric Burdon and the Animals.
The classic Born to Run was the perfect example of that deep rooted desire to escape a life which is going nowhere. It speaks of the rock and roll dream of getting on a motorcycle, tearing off into the sunset and never looking back.
In the case of Round the World the song deals with an escape from a negative relationship which is going nowhere. But it’s written from a more optimistic perspective – that a new love has brought new hope for a better future.
Making that final break with the past and setting off to find the big beautiful world that’s out there waiting to be discovered and experienced is the theme of the sunny light filled chorus.
It swells the heart with positivity, warmth and the hope that people all over the world want the same things – love, freedom, joy, adventure and fulfilment.
After all the unprecedented trauma and fear of Covid 19 and the worldwide restrictions of lockdown this song looks forward to a time when it’s okay to dream of travelling again – taking to the road and embracing this precious life in all it’s beauty.”
Watch the video for ‘Round The World’:
Put It On The Line
World Goes Round explain the meaning behind the track…
“Put it on the Line is a song about overcoming fear and self doubt – emotions common to every single one of us.
It is dedicated to all the ordinary every day heroes everywhere who put themselves on the line and in harm’s way each and every day for us – the ones who just turn up come what may and do their duty whatever the cost.
Here’s to the nurses, the doctors, the health workers, the firemen, the soldiers and to all those who daily overcome resistance and their own perceived limitations. There are no limits to your heroism and to what you can achieve.”
‘Put It On The Line’ is out this Friday 9th! The album from World Goes Round is out this 30th October 2020 via Viper Records. All of the singles and album are available to stream and download on all major platforms.
For all things WGR, check out the website: www.worldgoesround.info