Let's Make Mixtapes

Keeping your childhood pop icons alive…even the ones you thought were dead.

Any of my UK friends remember this very July 16, 1984? Followup question: Do I have any UK friends? If you do remember that day, it’s because you’d probably just purchased the incredible debut album Diamond Life from the phenomenal band, Sade, (which included lead singer Sade.) Confused? Don’t be. It’s rather simple!


The singer, Sade, formed a band with a host of talented folks–Stuart Matthewman, Andrew Hale, Paul Denman, and Paul Cook–and they called themselves Sade.

The point is, our wonderful friends across the pond had the distinct pleasure of purchasing Sade’s debut album on this very date while Americans would have to wait until February of the following year. But it was worth it, for the album’s single, “Smooth Operator”–released last, probably about the the time the album dropped stateside–would shoot up the charts to number 1 and ensure that this host of smooth operators would continue to produce great music.

If you’re not still scratching your head at that first part, I present the first single from that debut album, “Your Love is King.”

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