OK Jive

  • OK Jive
  • Life at the Blue Chonjo Sky Day & Night Club (UK Epic) 1982 

These expatriate South Africans managed to come up with a unique sound on their album, despite having borrowed an awful lot of it from African and Caribbean pop. Characterized by tight, choppy ultra-rhythmic interplay between two guitarists and a female lead singer’s initially charming (but ultimately monotonous) voice, the group’s perky ethnic dance music lacks enough dynamic material to make it work for a whole album. In short, the sound is pleasing, but the songs are boring. Pity they didn’t include their first (Joe Jackson-produced) single, “On Route,” which not only sounds great, but goes somewhere, too.

[Dave Schulps]