Bubbling under: Marlene on the wall (Suzanne Vega)

This one just failed to make the top 100 cut off. Singer/Song writer Suzanne Vega (image credit) never quite managed to fulfill the promises of her astonishing self-titled debut album from 1985, which showed inspiration from Janis Ian and Leonard Cohen. The absolute highlight is the minor hit Marlene on the wall, in which she describes the uncertain feelings of a beginning relationship. "Other evidence has shown that you and I are still alone, we skirt around the danger zone and don't talk about it later." The song title of course refers to Marlene Dietrich, whose poster is on the wall, complete with mocking smile. Although she has had more success with later songs like Luka, she never reached this artistic level anymore. A pity.


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