The One-Hit Wonders – The 80s Part 11.

This one is not only a one-hit wonder from the 80s, but someone who I could barely find any information about at all. Indeed, the song has a Wikipedia entry, but the singer doesn’t. So why have I decided to feature this one. Well I suppose it’s because I really do like the song, it’s one of my favourites from the late-80s, when there were plenty of exciting things happening on the dance scene, and this one deserves more recognition.

Kariya was an American singer, her real name might’ve been Deborah, but that’s all I know about her really, I couldn’t even find a picture online. “Let Me Love You For Tonight” was released in July 1989, and reached no. 44. One critic described this as “frighteningly contagious”. Although there have been plenty of remixes, I couldn’t find a video or any TV performances of this. I’ll have to embed a YouTube video to make up for it. 

I remember first coming across this one when it was played on the radio, I did enjoy it, and I must admit that I think I like music like this more from 1989 than ’87 and ’88 as these genres quickly developed. Then there was the day I found some old tapes. I think one of them was the compilation “Deep Heat 4 – Play With Fire”, and I was pleased to discover that this one was on it, so I decided to give it a play.

When I did, it had what can only be described as that “mouldy old tape” sound. Of course it’s far inferior to how it would actually sound on a CD, but somehow it’s more evocative, because that’s once how the technology was. And CDs can’t be randomly chewed by the player either. This was also featured in the film The Rise Of The Footsoldier, but Kayira had no further success with any other singles or albums, and has barely been heard of since.

It was also interesting to discover that “Let Me Love Your For Tonight” was covered by Belouis Some in 1995, who is best-known for his hit single “Imagination” about a decade earlier. It seems that he didn’t enjoy the experience though, it wasn’t a hit, and this turned out to be his final single as he quit the music business in frustration about five minutes later. I consider this one to be a dance classic though.