Song Stuck In My Head: Nona Hendryx Tells You To 'Keep It Confidential'

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Nona Hendryx and "Keep It Confidential". This is the good stuff.

Off of her 1983 album, Nona, "Keep It Confidential"  The album  also featured an array of guests such as Nile Rodgers, Sly Dunbar and Kashif. Even a strong female backbone appears on the staggering "Designed For Living" alone (Laurie Anderson, Valerie Simpson, Nancy Wilson of Heart, Tina Weymouth of the Talking Heads...oh, and Miss Patti LaBelle herself). But that's just external trivia to impress your friends about. At the root of Nona is "Keep It Confidential", which is probably my favorite off of it, as it's a song that really shows off Nona's attention to detail, lyrically and production wise. It just has a real nice post-disco gloss to it, like a leftover from that era that got scrubbed with some dirt from the early 80's punk scene. Sort of the akin to the basis of Blondie's "Heart Of Glass" sounds, just a bit colder and more soulful. Love how this song begins oh so quietly and then goes into a bubbling dance beat.

The lone performance I could find of the song features Nona on a stage that looks like someone got excited with the dry ice machine and decided to jack the set of Diana Ross' "Pieces Of Ice" music video. Nonetheless, Nona churns it out, live, no lip synch or tricks. Real and raw, like she always is.

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