People Get Real (4:41)

Cover of London Conversations

From London Conversations and 10 other releases

Written by Bob Stanley & Pete Wiggs
Produced by Saint Etienne

Released April 1992 on Join Our Club

Notes Originally titled, ‘Kenny Get Real’, this song pokes fun towards the early 90’s white British soul singer, Kenny Thomas, as Bob Stanley explained in 1995: “It’s about the way that when people stick to a certain kind of music, like , or , they’re considered “authentic” and real. People being really po-faced about stuff getting taken seriously, whereas, if you don’t take yourselves too seriously, everyone takes that at face value and thinks you’re superficial. Like The Doors, who everyone thinks are great, but they’re absolutely preposterous, total shit - and then you think of The Lovin’ Spoonful, who were far more imaginative and wrote way more inventive songs, and they’re regarded as some kind of comedy group! If you go for this ridiculous “authenticity” thing, you’re allowed to get away with anything.”

Kenny Thomas had done this dreadful cover of a Gap Band song (have a listen on Last FM here!). Loads of people were raving about it, saying it was really soulful, but I’d never got 80s soul so this was written about him, poor bloke. But ‘Kenny Get Real’ didn’t sound like a single title.” (Bob Stanley, 2009).

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