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Monday, 25 February 2019

Lauren Rocket - Diamond Nights

It took me a hot minute to get my bearings once "Diamond Nights" began. I knew that beat but where had I heard it before? After a bit of research I discovered it was a variation of a bass line similar to The Gorillaz hit "Stylo." And then I heard a voice that was also somehow familiar. Almost immediately I got a sense of Kim Wilde or even Patty Donahue of The Waitresses once Rocket began to playfully sing.
 
As Rocket's singing continued I started to see some striking comparisons with Debbie Harry's performance of the Blondie hit "Rapture." Again a little more research and I discovered those comparisons were rightly justified given that Lauren herself cites Blondie as an influence.

The official music video for "Diamond Nights" is very surreal with images from Las Vegas that I couldn't help but compare to the hypnotic Francis Ford Coppola/Tom Waits collaboration, "One From The Heart." Similarly my initial impressions of the song's lyrics were that they take you on a trip; definitely a call to adventure.
 
At two minutes and fifty-three seconds this is both a club and radio friendly song that could be easily extended into more of a spoken word track similar to The Nails hit, "88 Lines About 44 Women." Needless to say "Diamond Nights" has an early 80s new wave vibe. Save the date as Lauren Rocket will be performing for the 4/29 Hunnypot party!
 
-Brooke Trout

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Written by  Hot Tub Johnnie
Last modified on Monday, 25 February 2019
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