by Del Amitri
~ Yes that’s a banjo, and yes he’s Scottish ~
(edited thanks to the reader comments below!)
Here’s the funny thing about Del Amitri: almost everyone I know who has heard of
him them think s he’s they’re a one-hit wonder, and they all name different hits.
He barely make s the cut off as an ’80s artist since this tune was released right at the end of the decade to American audiences, but most of his their production was in the ’90s. However, this is a great start as it’s a pretty solid rock radio tune that catches your attention when it comes on in the car. The combination of a banjo and a memorable harmonica riff both make it stick out as something a little off the wall but the execution is a straight-up breakup song.
It’s catchy, and hummable, and singable, and just about everybody has felt this way at least once in their life, so everyone’s got a piece of it they can relate to. But yes, it’s a banjo on a rock tune that was a pretty bold choice for the debut single for an artist from Scotland and it’s a good thing America paid attention.
2 thought on “Kiss This Thing Goodbye”
Del Amitri is the name of the band, the singer’s name is Justin Currie. Their first album was released in 1985.
Thanks for the update on the names/dates. Definitely makes the cutoff as an 80s artist then! The point likely still stands that everyone thinks “one hit wonder” and names different hits, tho!