Good or Bad I liked these songs

Good or bad I genuinely liked and like all the songs in today’s playlist and some I have quite an attachment to.

I have mentioned in previous posts about how some songs just stay with you and it doesn’t matter when you last heard them. Time almost stands still because you remember the words, the band members or the moment when you first heard the song.

Within this list there is my first ever vinyl, a cassette that I played until the tape broke and I still count as one of my favorite bands today, a song with a strange background story that may or may not be true and reminds me of something I said to my mother and a song that I think is pretty cool.

One of the bands were formed from the remains of a Ska legend and the final song for today well you might smile but the tune is strangely addictive.

Watch the videos of each song below:

Find out more details about each song below;

  1. The Flying Pickets – Only You – 1983
    • This is a cover of the fantastic song by Yazoo (also known as Yaz) ‘Only You’ which reached number 2 in both the U.S. and U.K. charts.
    • The Flying Pickets a British cappella group founded in 1982 by Brian Hibbard had six members.
    • Their version reached number 1 in the U.K. in December 83.
    • The Pickets still perform today but none of the original members remain in the group (so are they really The Flying Pickets?)
    • Not really my first choice in music genre but this version definitely has a cool element to it.
  2. King – Love and Pride – 1984
    • King were New Wave group from Coventry who recorded just two albums.
    • Paul King the lead singer sported unusual suits during the short career of the band (consisting of shorts instead of trousers to make up his two piece suit).
    • Love and Pride was first released in 1984 but only reached number 84. On a re-release in 1985 it peaked at number 2 in the U.K.
    • Paul King went on to work in music television in the U.K.
  3. Dexys Midnight Runners – Come On Eileen – 1982
    • It is rumored that Kevin Rowland the lead singer said he would become a priest if ‘Come On Eileen’ didn’t reach number 1 (I can’t find any true evidence of this so maybe it was just a rumor amongst my friends).
    • Completely irrelevant but seemly I said to my mother that I wanted to be a priest when I was very young – this didn’t happen and I don’t remember the conversation. 🙂
    • The song reached number 1 in the U.K. and the U.S. in 1982.
    •  Dexys Midnight Runners were active from 1978 to 1986 and reformed in 2003.
  4. Lloyd Cole and the Commotions – Perfect Skin – 1984
    • Formed in Glasgow in 1982 and stayed together until 1989.
    • Perfect Skin was released in 1984 and reached number 26 in the U.K.
    • The song comes from the album Rattlesnakes which reached 13 in the U.K. chart.
    • In my opinion Rattlesnakes was their best album and also one of my favorite albums of all time.
    • Lloyd Cole and the Commotions only recorded three albums but I feel that as a band they made great music and I highly recommend them.
    • I played this album so much (on cassette) that the tape broke.
  5. Fun Boy Three – The Lunatics have taken Over the Asylum – 1981
    • Formed by three former members of the legendary Ska band The Specials they were only together from 81 to 83.
    • In the short life of Fun Boy Three they released nine singles four of which were top ten hits in the U.K.
    • This song reached number 20 in the U.K.
    • Terry Hall (lead singer) still performs today.
  6. Dead or Alive – You Spin Me Round (Like A Record) – 1984
    • This was my first ever vinyl purchase – I know it’s not a good thing to admit. 🙂
    • Released in 1984 it reached the number 1 spot in the U.K. in 1985.
    • It reached number 11 in the U.S.
    • Dead or Alive were the first band to come under the guidance of the successful Stock Aitken Waterman trio.

I hope you enjoyed this list.

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