Will Powers, “Adventures in Success”, 1983
This week’s Best Link Ever!, brings you “Adventures in Success”, a track from the best (and possibly only?) self-empowerment-themed dance record of the 1980s. I first came across this Will Powers song, a project of photographer Lynn Goldsmith, as a remix on an obscure Belgian New Beat compilation my aunt gave me for Christmas one year. (Side note: she’s really cool). A quick web search reveals that its companion music video is equally amazing (and, according to internet sources, one of the first to use 3-D graphics). Plus, even though its advice is almost three decades old, it still makes you feel damn good. Now repeat the mantra: You are an important person! There has never been anyone just like you and never will be! You have talents and abilities no one else has!
Also: see this testimonial about the song with numerous guest spots from the likes of Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood and one of the Thompson Twins.
David Harper maintains Art Fag City's Best Link Ever! column, and is the blog's Curatorial Fellow. Harper is the Visual Arts Curator for The Brooklyn Academy of Music.