Doc Neeson, the former lead singer of The Angels and Red Phoenix, has released ‘Walking In The Rain’, his first new song in seven years.
‘Walking In The Rain’ is a Vanda and Young song, originally recorded by the ex-Easybeats under the moniker Flash @ the Pan in 1981. Grace Jones also recorded the song for her 1981 album ‘Nightclubbing’.
For Doc Neeson, the recording via the Alberts label is a return to where he started. The Angels recorded their first three albums Alberts. Harry Vanda & George Young produced the debut Angels album in 1977.
“The strength of the song written by George & Harry is dreamlike or trancelike in mood. The lyrics are a stream of consciousness which so masterfully creates a subconscious state of mind. One of the biggest challenges was to get in that state of mind to sing the song,” said Neeson.
The song was produced by Brendan Gallagher of Karma County. Brendan also produced Jimmy Little’s classic ‘Messenger’. “The song is so elegantly, deceptively simple. The motif moves through three chromatically rising and falling notes underpinned by three book-ended chords, then a classic 7, 5 chord turnaround for the chorus. The bass holds the song together. From there it’s all about the vocal. That’s where Doc comes in. Doc has gravitas the equal of the song’s majesty, “said Gallagher.
Doc Neeson’s performance on ‘RockWiz Salutes Vanda and Young’ will be broadcast in SBS Monday, March 24 at 9:30pm
Doc Neeson – Walking In The Rain
Flash and the Pan – Walking In The Rain
Grace Jones – Walking In The Rain
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