Songs I never get bored of

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.

Moving – Kate Bush – 1978

The Reflex – Duran Duran – 1984

Perfect Skin – Lloyd Cole and the Commotions – 1984

Happy Hour – The Housemartins – 1986

The Thin Wall – Ultravox – 1981

Night Train – Visage – 1982

Reward – The Teardrop Explodes – 1981

Let’s look at each song in more detail:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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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