Loving this Melvin James video is strange
One of the news headlines that caught our eyes this month was the announcement that The Ringling Brothers had decided to shut down the Greatest Show on Earth after 132 years in business. Circuses were still a big part of '80s pop culture from movies like Big Top Pee-Wee to popular music videos like Def Leppard's Animal and also little seen ones like Melvin James and Loving You Is Strange.
In 2015, we brought to light Melvin James on Lost and Found with his underrated Why Won't You Stay (Come In, Come Out Of The Rain) and today we go deeper with Loving You Is Strange. In our first post on James, we had little information on him other than he grew up in Iowa and then moved Minnesota - perhaps in between he left to join the circus?
The video for Loving You Is Strange is a nice one as James arrives in town on motorcycle as the a new hired hand at the circus and tries to steal the heart of a seductive circus worker away from some clowns - and by clowns, I don't mean jerks, but literally ... clowns. As his love affair heats up, things get freaky with the circus girl (who could have imagined that!) leaving James with a confused and broken heart.
Loving You Is Strange is from James' lone major label release - The Passenger on MCA from 1987 and just like the circus, all we have left about him is fleeting memories from our youth.