1984. Just as the “would-be” hit single was due for release, a scandal struck at the EMI office. Saâda Bonaire’s A&R man, notoriously famous for exceeding his budget, was in a constant tug of war with the EMI finance department. He had previously exceeded his budget 5 times over on Tina Turner’s “Private Dancer” and was more than 3 times over budget for Saâda Bonaire; this was the last straw. Fed up, EMI released “You Could Be More As You Are”, but pulled the plug on all further promotional support for Saâda Bonaire. The group disappeared from public eye soon after.
For this release Saâda Bonaire have compiled the two songs from the original EMI single plus eleven previously unreleased songs that were recorded between 1982 and 1985. And though these tracks were recorded nearly 30 years ago, they feel wholly modern. Melding striking female vocals similar to those of Chairlift’s Caroline Polacheck with rhythmic disco beats ala Glass Candy or Chromatics, Saâda Bonaire feel at home in the current musical environment.
Saâda Bonaire will be available on CD and Gatefold Deluxe Double LP. Also included with this release are previously unpublished photos and in-depth interviews with the band members.