A friend of mine from Seattle called me today at work. She was much distressed because she is scheduled next week to go onstage with a piece of 60-second performance art that she has apparently been "conceptualizing" for quite some time. She has everything she needs for the performance--which, among other things, involves a lot of paper mache--except she doesn't have the background music which is purportedly the vital linchpin for the entire thing.
That song is the 1983 minihit "White Horse", by Laid Back. If you know 80's music, you know it: "If you want to ride, don't ride the white horse / If you want to ride, ride the white pony." As far as I can tell, the song is not available on iTunes, it's not available on Napster, it's not available in the extensive JFW 80's archive.
It's arguably one of the worst songs of that entire decade, I know.* But she really needs it. And, no, I am not making this up, not even the part about the paper mache.
Would, um, anyone out there know how I might get a copy of it? The entire Pacific Northwest Very Brief Performance Art World would be grateful.
(And as long as I'm making requests: have you put a tack in my map yet? I've even added it to the sidebar. Completely pathetic for me to be a pest about it, I know. But something about the whole thing buoys my spirits; I won't profess to be able to explain it. Part of it, maybe, is that I've always had this thing for maps. They have a drama and romance for me that I don't think they have for very many other people. Like the time I saw a map of the New Jersey turnpike that was so poignant I began to weep.)
* Although not the worst, as of course that dystinction belongs to Glenn Frey's "The Heat Is On."
Update: Thanks to the help of a certain SynthPopQueen, the mission has been accomplished! Very Brief Performance Art is safe for another week!