The Phoenician is Bruno Kassar, who you may know better as Michael Heart or the singer in The Creatures. “Thunder & Lightning” is the only track he did under this particular alias before moving on to Michael Heart and then ultimately Firefly 5.

Although containing a seasick, semi-elastic bassline not entirely unlike Imagination’s “Changes” from a year earlier, it’s firmly Italo in both its sentiment and vivid array of unnecessary flourishes.

The cover art is a stylistically brilliant although regrettably racist fusion of Middle Eastern antiquity and the Paninari’s view of 1983 America. I’m not sure what the bunless hot dog franks signify.

My copy of this, as you will hear, is unfortunately in non-VG condition.

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