“State of Independence” is a song written by Jon Anderson and Vangelis. Originally recorded by Jon and Vangelis for their 1981 album The Friends of Mr Cairo, “State of Independence” was released as a single the same year but did not chart. The song subsequently became better known when Donna Summer released a cover version a year later in 1982, which became a Top Twenty UK single. In 1992, a third version of the song – retitled “Spiritual High (State of Independence)” — was recorded and released as a single by Moodswings, with vocals by The Pretenders lead singer Chrissie Hynde.
There is much debate about why it wasn’t a hit for Jon and Vangelis but I can only guess that after the first single from The Friends of Mr Cairo album was a massive hit everyone ran out and bought the album, which was also a massive hit. The title track and its accompanying music video serve as an ode to classic Hollywood films of the 1930s and 1940s, including references to the classic film noir The Maltese Falcon. The track incorporates sound effects and voice impressions of the stars of the era, most notably Humphrey Bogart, Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre, and Jimmy Stewart.
Joel Cairo (Mr Cairo) is the name of the character played by Peter Lorre in The Maltese Falcon.
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