Category Archives: Mid-80s Malaise

REDUX: The Mid-80s Malaise: 1983 – The Year David Bowie Became Fallible

July 22, 2013 What was it about the mid-80s that made it the harbinger of artistic disaster for so many artists that I had previously thought the world of? By 1985, there seemed to be a perfect storm of political … Continue reading

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Record Review: Giant – 14 Brand New Tracks By London Artists

Various: Giant – 14 Brand New Tracks From original London Artists UK CD [1987] Voice Of The Beehive: Beat Of Love Then Jerico: Blessed Days Hard Rain: I Will Remember Carmel: Nothing Good [Piano Mix] Communards: C Minor [Live] Hothouse … Continue reading

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Midge Ure Mystery

As I’m less than two weeks from a return match with Midge Ure in Nashville, thoughts are turning to the upcoming concert as well as a mystery that’s centered around the Scot icon. On the occasion of my birthday last … Continue reading

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The Coming of The Cocteau Twins

The arrival of the Cocteau Twins into my consciousness was an electric happening early in 1984. I had heard nothing of the band or read any press on them. I was watching the monthly program “London Calling” on MTV and … Continue reading

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Rock G.P.A.: Simple Minds [part 33]

Simple Minds | Real Life – 1 [continued from previous post] The next track, “Woman,” was one of two cuts on the album co-written with the producer, Steve Lipson. This was another track indebted to the steps taken on the earlier … Continue reading

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Rock G.P.A.: Simple Minds [part 32]

Simple Minds | Real Life – 1 When I saw the pre-release single “Let There Be Love” at a record show, I investigated, and bought one of the two CD singles. It was a big improvement on the band’s recent … Continue reading

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Rock G.P.A.: Simple Minds [part 31]

The period surrounding the “Street Fighting Years” album would be marked by tumultuous change within Simple Minds, both within the band and offstage. No sooner was the master tape in the can than did John Giblin, their still “new” bass … Continue reading

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