The best sing-along song you've never heard of: Art Company's 'Susanna'
One of the things I like best about '80s music was the ability to put something unique out there rather than a safe record. In a decade that brought us oddities like The Safety Dance and One Night In Bangkok, let me introduce you to the best sing-along song from the '80s that you probably haven't heard - Susanna from the Art Company.
The Art Company was a Dutch band known in their home country as VOF De Kunst. Outside of the Netherlands they were called the Art Company. In 1984, their first single Susanna became a European smash, hitting No. 1 in eight countries including six non-consecutive weeks in France (only Relax by Frankie Goes To Hollywood with nine weeks spent more time at number one in France in 1984).
It did not chart in the U.S. and that was America's loss as Susanna with its irresistible sing-a-long chorus would have fit in just fine with songs like Come On Eileen that did well in the states. The video for Susanna plays out the lyrics of the song as lead singer Nol Havens tries to sweet talk a beauty named Susanna into romance with a roomful of spectators that help with the catchy chorus. The video also contains some strong mustache action.
The Art Company is still around and just like They Might Be Giants, they alternate between doing children's material and reprising their '80s adult material. In the '90s they also started making their shows more than music by adding theatre type skits in their performances.