Candi Staton — “Young Hearts Run Free”
(from Young Hearts Run Free: The Best of Candi Staton) — Young

One Eskimo (featuring Candi Staton) — “Kandi”
(from One Eskimo) — Kandi

Although she never really went away, disco-era diva Candi Staton has suddenly hurtled back into the mainstream, having spent the past couple of decades as a gospel singer. She has been popping up everywhere lately, with people covering her hits (more on that in a bit) and sampling her songs. So in honor of her brilliance, we’re bringing the week to a close with my favorite Staton tune, “Young Hearts Run Free” — the story of a woman whose husband has walked out on her and the children — which, like most everything that hit in the late ’70s, is set to a four-on-the-floor beat. Trust me when I tell you, there is nothing quite like shaking your ass to a dance floor anthemn about divorce! (And trust me again: if you haven’t yet heard The Swell Season’s nifty take on this disco classic, that’s a fallacy that should be immediately corrected.) Staton is also back on the radio dial of late courtesy of that fantastically quirky British band One Eskimo, who lifted a sample from Candi’s “He Called Me Baby” for their bizarro smash “Kandi.” Get to know this gal, kids. Trust me a third time: you won’t regret it.

1 response to “when love really don’t love you
(or: august 15’s honey from the hive)”

  1. the buzz from brandon:

    As already noted here, I think “Kandi” is just a dynamite song; as far as I’m concerned, it’s in a dead heat with Alicia Keys’ moody, magnificent “Try Sleeping with a Broken Heart” for single of the year honors. Great choice, Sherry Ann!