|Monsoon - Ever So Lonely, 1982|
When the New Romantics were battling for chart space with the Electro-Pop pioneers in the early 1980s it would usually be quite refreshing when something different entered the charts.
Such was the case when progressive rock trio Monsoon's combination of Indian-Western pop fusion Ever So Lonely (The Mobile Suit Corporation, CORP 2) broke into the UK Top 20 after its release in April 1982.
With ithe combination of Sitar sounds, a driven beat and vocals from Sheila Chandra (at the time well known for her then recent regular role as pupil Sudhamani Patel in the BBC TV series Grange Hill) the record was exciting and mesmerizing and ultimately peaked at No.12 in the chart.
Chandra continued to record with producer Steve Coe and Bassist Martin Smith but Ever So Lonely
would prove to be Monsoon's biggest hit, the release still sounds strong over three decades later, and still remains one of the most exciting singles of the early 80s.
Above is Monsoon's Top Of The Pops appearance from 1982.