Black Lace hit Agadoo has been re-released to surprise critical acclaim. Although the song is remembered as an embarrassing party tune in the same vein as the Birdy Song by older people, youngsters are seeing it as a fresh new sound.
A review of new releases in NME said it offered the same 'feel' as other classics, and ranked it alongside artists like the Smiths and the Cure. The reviewer suggested that the song's 'indie' roots were responsible for its timeless appeal. Kerrang also reviewed the track, and said that the 'Caribbean hardcore' sound was as pertinent today as it had ever been.
Agadoo by Black Lace first charted twenty-five years ago, reaching number two in 1984, but the song was based on a French song, Agadou, originally released in 1971. Critics say that this pedigree establishes the song's place in popular music history.
Radio One's Nick Grimshaw has added his support to the release. He told us: "Agadoo epitomises bangin' new music in this country. Hey, I know it's a re-release, but it was from the olden days before I was born. For me it's as relevant as anything else being released at the moment."
So the younger experts in the popular music industry are in agreement; everyone should have Agadoo on their iPod.
I'm not so sure. Kids today may think they can handle it, but it took my generation twenty-five years to eradicate it from our brains.