For this post I wanted to share some of the songs that I never get bored of listening to. everybody has a list like this whether it’s because the songs have a special meaning or perhaps they remind you of a particular time.
Of course it can also simply be because they are great songs. I regularly listen to all of these bands, I hope you enjoy the list.
Let’s look at each song in more detail:
- Moving – Kate Bush – June 1978
- Moving was released in June 1978 and was the lead track from her first solo album ‘The Kick Inside’.
- It was a tribute to Bush’s mime instructor, Lindsay Kemp.
- It reached number one in the Japanese singles chart.
- When Bush announced 22 dates at London’s Hammersmith Apollo in 2014 it sold out in 15 minutes.
- The reason I chose this particular single was because it was the first song on the set of her only other concert The Live Tour in 1979.
- The Reflex – Duran Duran – 16 April 1984
- “The Reflex” is the eleventh single by Duran Duran and the band’s most successful.
- It reached number one in both the UK and US charts.
- They were one of the most successful bands of the 1980s and a leading band in the “Second British Invasion” of the United States.
- They were sometimes referred to as “the prettiest boys in rock.”
- The group has never disbanded, Andy Taylor being the only original member no longer with the band.
- Perfect Skin – Lloyd Cole and the Commotions – 12 October 1984
- “Perfect Skin” reached number 26 in UK chart.
- It was their highest charting single from the classic debut album ‘Rattlesnakes’.
- Lloyd Cole, who wrote the bulk of the album cites Bob Dylan and Booker T. & the MGs as major influences.
- The band were together from 1982 to 1989 and briefly reformed in 2004.
- They released three albums in total, Rattlesnakes, Easy Pieces and Mainstream. Rattlesnakes is by far their best in my opinion.
- Happy Hour – The Housemartins – 1986
- It was the third single from the album ‘London 0 Hull 4’ and reached number three in the UK Singles Chart.
- Rolling Stone noted that despite “irrepressibly giddy music hooks”, the song’s “sobering” lyrics “hammer away at the hypocrisy and sexism of young British business types on the move.”
- The Housemartins split in 1988, but the members have remained friends and have worked on each other’s projects.
- Norman Cook has enjoyed significant success with Beats International and then as Fatboy Slim.
- The Thin Wall – Ultravox – 14 August 1981
- “The Thin Wall” is Ultravox’s first single from the ‘Rage in Eden’ album.
- The song is a fast and stark synth melody with obscure lyrics like many Ultravox songs and New Romantic music in general. It peaked at #14 in the UK Single Charts.
- Rage in Eden is the fifth album by Ultravox, released in 1981 and was my first cassette album.
- I played this album to death on my little mono cassette player.
- Night Train – Visage – June 1982
- “Night Train” is the sixth single by Visage, released by Polydor Records in June 1982.
- The song was the second single from the band’s album ‘The Anvil’.
- Midge Ure and Billy Currie from Ultravox both played synthesizer on the single.
- After further hits with the singles “Mind of a Toy” and the title track “Visage”, Strange struggled to reunite the band’s members again to record a second album because of their commitments with their respective bands (Ure had now joined Currie in Ultravox, Formula and Adamson with Magazine, and McGeoch with Siouxsie and the Banshees.
- Reward – The Teardrop Explodes – 1981
- “Reward” was released in January 1981, the song hit No. 6 on the UK Singles Chart.
- The original release of the Kilimanjaro album did not include “Reward”, which was added to later pressings after it became a hit single early in 1981.
- After the release of ‘Reward’ Cope began retreating into a drugged lifestyle and “a period of unrestrained megalomania.”
- The band split in 1982 and Cope went onto to a semi successful solo career.
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