I Want to Be a Smash: Top Ten Show Tunes to Make the Pop Charts Since 1964

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26 Apr 2014

Murray Head

9. "One Night In Bangkok"

"One Night In Bangkok" is strange hybrid of rap and ABBA that was originally recorded by British singer and actor Murray Head for the pre-stage production concept album of the musical Chess. The unique fusion of elements comes together under the intensely 1980s feeling of the track and the sardonic lyrics prevent it from tipping over completely into camp — or perhaps they give it the final shove. Either way, Head's single of the song is an irresistible toe-tapper and managed to climb to #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1985. Unfortunately, this was not enough to make a success of the Broadway production of Chess in 1988.


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