the song
title : Where the people meet
written by : David Hughes
song copyright : © 1984 Tritec Music Ltd

the performance
musicians
David Hughes vocals, guitar?
? [female] joint lead vocals
? keyboards/programming?
Andy Herbert bass
? drums, percussion
Eddi Reader backing vocals
with :
The Kick Horns :
Simon C. Clarke saxophones
Tim Sanders saxophones
Roddy Lorimer trumpet
B. S[…] [some sort of horn]
music
key : G minor
time-signature : 4/4
tempo : MM 132
form : I V C V C v? V C I v? V C
lyrics

this is my best shot at transcribing the lyrics, which are frequently obscure both in sound and in sense(!); they are provided for research and private study only (see above for copyright details):

Where the people meet

{b-b-bow, ba-bu-bu-bow
b-b-bow, ba-bu-bu-bow
b-b-bow, ba-bu-bu-bow
b-b-bow, ba-bu-bu-bow
}

the city is a funky place
where […] give you lots of space
for kids to play on roller-skates
with radios too, in to out to the street

that’s where the people meet
that’s where the people meet
that’s where the people meet
that’s where the people meet

on second avenue I to you
[…]
I’m bound to say there is no fun in being poor
but where poverty has gone before
a hatchet job
to feed a healthy child
your mother sister or your wife
you’re checking it out on the street

that’s where the people meet
that’s where the people meet
that’s where the people meet
that’s where the people meet

– brass

[…] stood outside
where a brother points a finger to a turkey dressed in fat
ah bianca, […]
come and samba, samba to the beat
and shake your boogie, shake your boogie to your brothers in the street

that’s where the people meet
that’s where the people meet
that’s where the people meet
that’s where the people meet

a-chick-a-boom, chick-a-ba, chick-a-boo-boo-boo [etc.]
{b-b-bow, ba-bu-bu-bow
b-b-bow, ba-bu-bu-bow
b-b-bow, ba-bu-bu-bow
b-b-bow, ba-bu-bu-bow
}

– brass

you only get the gravy
while the baby will get the meat
but the subway smells like garbage
and the pavement is too clean
while the USA Henrico sells his […]

[…]
out to the street

that’s where the people meet
that’s where the people meet
that’s where the people meet
that’s where the people meet
that’s where the people meet


the recording
personnel
produced by : Ian Little
recorded by : ? at ?
mixed by : ? at ?
mastered by : ? at ?
technical
track timing : 3:44
song timing : m:ss
released on
single : Disco Eddie track B2

commentary
as far as I can tell Eddi doesn’t provide the backing-vocals for the verses here, only, jointly, for the choruses; the verses must be the other singer with Outbar Squeek, pictured on the cover with David and Eddi (none of the artists is named on the sleeve)
Adrian Dover