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Smooth Operator Week 84

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This song was released as the third single on the English band Sade album Diamond Life which was their debut studio album.  Sade pronounced Sha-day formed in London in 1982 and they consisted of guitarist and saxophone player Stuart Matthewman, bassist Paul Denman, keyboardist Andrew Hale, drummer Paul Cook and they named their group after their lead singer, Sade Adu.  ‘Smooth Operator’ was written by Sade Adu and Ray Saint John, who was a member of Sade’s previous band Pride.  The song is about an irresistibly attractive fashionable man who gets around, being very popular with the ladies, breaking their hearts where ever he goes.  A smooth operator is a player, a manipulative scoundrel and a con artist, who tells each woman exactly what she wants to hear.  He is described as smooth because he can easily entice a girl while toying with the heart of another.

This song became one of the band’s most successful songs.  In 1985, it was a big hit, making it to #5 on the US Hot 100 and on the Canadian Singles Chart.  It also got to #19 on the UK Singles chart and peaked at #20 in Australia.  Rolling Stone magazine ranked this song at #17 on their list of the 100 Best Singles of 1984.  The music video for this song reached #34 in the 1984 charts.  Music critics acclaimed Diamond Life and it was also a commercial success, winning the 1985 Brit Award for Best British Album.  The album charted highly in the UK and US, and was later certified multi-platinum in both countries.  Diamond Life was produced by Robin Millar and it sold over six million copies worldwide, becoming one of the top-selling debut recordings of the era and the best-selling debut album by a British female vocalist, a record that stood for 24 years.  In 1986, Sade Adu won a Grammy Award for Best New Artist.

Sade was born in Ibadan, Nigeria and raised in London by her English mother.  Sade studied fashion design and then started modeling before she ventured into singing, becoming lead singer for Arriva before joining Pride.  She became renowned for her silky vocals and lounge-style, sometimes erotic, mood music.  She enjoyed wide critical acclaim and popularity in the 1980s and early ’90s.  Sade was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2002 and promoted to Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2018.

In the video that was directed by Julien Temple, Sade is a lounge singer wearing red lipstick and there seems to be some kind of deal going down with these three men sitting at a table.  Sade sings with her band in a lounge against a red background as people dance.  The video stars Sade, Michael Feast an English actor of stage and screen, and Amanda Pays who is known for her roles as Theora Jones in the film and television series Max Headroom and as the nutritionist and researcher for STAR Labs Christina “Tina” McGee in The Flash.  The scene switches to outside the club where a surveillance film is being viewed where a car is burning and a man pulls a gun out of his pocket.  The smooth operator is filmed having affairs and the video switches back Sade singing.  The smooth operator is loved in seven different languages, because of his elegance and the luxurious lifestyle that he lives where he is in a constant search for pleasure.  He doesn’t really have time for a real connection, as he is unsensitive not wanting a deep relationship because it is easier to just dump who ever he is with and move along to his next target.  He’s always on the move, visiting exotic places while he rolls with several women wherever he finds himself.

He’s laughing with another girl
And playing with another heart.
Placing high stakes, making hearts ache.
He’s loved in seven languages.
Diamond nights and ruby lights, high in the sky.
Heaven help him, when he falls.
Diamond life, lover boy.
We move in space with minimum waste and maximum joy.
City lights and business nights.
When you require streetcar desire for higher heights.
No place for beginners or sensitive hearts
When sentiment is left to chance.
No place to be ending but somewhere to start.
No need to ask.
He’s a smooth operator,
Smooth operator,
Smooth operator,
Smooth operator.
Coast to coast, LA to Chicago, western male.
Across the north and south, to Key Largo, love for sale.
Face to face, each classic case.
We shadow box and double cross,
Yet need the chase.
A license to love, insurance to hold.
Melts all your memories and change into gold.
His eyes are like angels but his heart is cold.
No need to ask.
He’s a smooth operator,
Smooth operator,
Smooth operator,
Smooth operator.
Coast to coast, LA to Chicago, western male.
Across the north and south, to Key Largo, love for sale.
Smooth operator,
Smooth operator,
Smooth operator,
Smooth operator,
Smooth operator…
— extra —
He’s laughing with another girl
And playing with another heart.
Placing high stakes, making hearts ache.
He’s loved in seven languages.
Diamond nights and ruby lights, high in the sky.
Heaven help him, when he falls.

The challenge today is to focus on this song and use it for a short story, a piece of flash fiction, or a poem that you can share with the WordPress writing community.  There is no need to stick with this song, as if you like to write about another Sade song, or a song that is about a scoundrel, or a heartbreaker weather that is a man or a woman.  You might also go with a song that mentions LA, or Chicago, or Key Largo. Or that is about traveling around.  If you would like to write about a song that is about a telephone operator, or talking on the phone, then go with that.

The whole point of this MM Music challenge is to get you to think, to trigger something so that you can show how creative you are and everyone is welcome to participate.  This challenge is very loose, so pretty much whatever you come up with will be acceptable.  I try to throw some ideas out there for you and if they seem right, then go with it.  You could write about a song that features erotic, mood music, or go with a song by a group that has a female lead singer.  If you want to write about having a license to love, or a heart that is cold, that would also work.

Dylan Hughes will be here on next Friday July 31 with her First Line Friday and she will give you a sentence which you are supposed to use as the first line in your post, then you write whatever you like after that.  I will be back on Friday, August 7 with another MM Music Challenge where we will discuss the song ‘Nobody Does It Better’.  When you are finished writing your post, create a ping back to this post, but you can also place your link in the comments section below if you desire.  This Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie MM Music challenge has a special feature called Mr. Linky, which will allow you to instantly link your post after you click the Mr. Linky Button, and permit everyone to read your post sooner that way, and then follow the directions that are given.

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21 comments on “Smooth Operator Week 84

  1. newepicauthor
    July 24, 2020

    Reblogged this on A Unique Title For Me and commented:

    The Smooth Operator is a banana-based cocktail made with Frangelico, Kahlua, Baileys Irish cream, a banana, some heavy cream and crushed ice blended until it is smooth. The smooth operator is a clinically tested topical treatment product that will supposedly work wonders by flattening your cellulite and diminishing stretch marks, boosting your confidence, so you can have it all this summer. Smooth Operator is also an anti-frizz blow out serum that makes blow dry styling easier with longer lasting results and tons of shine. All of these smooth operators exist, but today I have the Sade song ‘Smooth Operator’ for you. This will not get rid of your stretch marks, or improve your hair styling, or taste really delicious, but everyone is welcome to join in on the fun. IMHO this may be the most fun writing challenge on WordPress, because the choices are wide open and you never know what people will write.

  2. Christine Bolton
    July 24, 2020

    Fantastic Jim! You did a great job on this right down to the cocktail recipe! This song is so cool, it will be around forever 🙂

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  5. pensitivity101
    July 24, 2020

    Will always be a classic for Sade. Great post Jim and an insight into a song I remember well that should have been a greater hit than it was over here in the UK.

    • newepicauthor
      July 24, 2020

      Thanks Di and I see that it only reached #19 on the UK charts with Your Love Is King being Sade’s highest-peaking single in the UK.

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  7. Melanie B Cee
    July 24, 2020

    Er, I hope I’m not posting my link twice…I’m a tad confused.

    http://sparksfromacombustiblemind.com/2020/07/24/mmm-music-challenge/

    • newepicauthor
      July 24, 2020

      That is fine, as me being on two different websites can be confusing.

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  9. msjadeli
    July 24, 2020

    Good write up here, Jim.

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  11. badfinger20 (Max)
    July 25, 2020

    No pun intended but Sade was very smooth

    • newepicauthor
      July 25, 2020

      Her smooth voice attracted the attention of record companies.

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  13. Lorraine
    July 25, 2020

    Sade was the answer to a recent crossword puzzle clue, and I’ve had her “silky voice” singing Smooth Operator for days. Just might have to do something with this.
    Ah, Key Largo — recently watched the Bogart and Bacall movie . . . hmhmhm

    • newepicauthor
      July 25, 2020

      Lorraine you are welcome to join in anytime, but because I am only here on Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie only every other Friday, I could end up missing your post. That was a great movie.

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