I remember thinking it a bit weird at the time. There was a time in the 1980s and on into the 90s, where it seemed like there was always a song on the radio called "Spy In the House of Love." But what was funny is that each of the songs were different.
I didn't know about Anais Nin until later on -- good Catholic boys from Wisconsin are usually a slow on the uptake when it comes to erotica. I think I still have a copy of Henry Miller's Tropic of Cancer in the house someplace, but it really wasn't my thing. But let's be honest here; rock and roll is quite often about Topic A. And so the idea of a title like "Spy In the House of Love," which is cribbed from one of Nin's works, makes a good title. And, in a few cases, some good songs.
So it's time for a little cloak and dagger d'amour. Here are four different songs with the same basic title. I will say that I have a very strong preference for one of these over the others, but I won't tip my hand.
First is this one, from a very good 80s pop band that never got much traction:
"Spy In the House of Love," by the dB's, from their mostly forgotten 1984 album "Like This."
Next, with the dapper Sweet Pea Atkinson at the helm, we have:
"Spy In the House of Love," by Was (Not Was)
Then, we have something completely different:
"Spy in the House of Love" by Animal Logic, featuring Deborah Holland on vocals and ex-Policeman Stewart Copeland on the drum kit.
Finally, a few years later, we go back to dapper:
"Spy In the House of Love," by Steve Winwood, with his patented sleek pop gloss and high-end production values.
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