Today’s selection is another 1980s song. It’s by the English electronica band Colourbox, who released albums from 1982 to 1987. They were among the 4AD record label artists that collaborated on the project, This Mortal Coil, from which I recently featured the cover, “Song to the Siren.”
“Arena” comes from the band’s 1985, self-titled record. They self-titled two of their records, which I supposed would have confused some…. Anyway, I remember being quite intrigued by several bands and record labels that catered to electronica/ambient/experimental music in the early- to mid-1980s. Like I’ve said before, this was music I usually listened to alone as my taste in music had grown quite different from that of most of my friends (even “friends 2.0,” to a degree).
I think the song is about a person who is just fresh from a breakup, and it seems like there is an acknowledgement that both people contributed to the ending.
“But now you’re on my mind, on my mind
I don’t know why I let you go
But I never thought you’d disappear without a trace
And I don’t know what I’m gonna do
And I don’t want to be alone in this arena”
(from “Arena,” by Martyn Young, Steven Young)
Now you know a little about why this is my song of the day for today. Thanks for joining me here, and please enjoy.
Here’s the audio for the song from’ the Colourbox YouTube (topic) channel (I noticed when I found the video there had only been five views of it… too bad, as I think it’s a pretty cool song):