Tag Archives: 1985

Record Review: Midge Ure – The Gift DLX RM [part 3]

[continued from last post] The second side of the album began with a breezy instrumental called “Antilles.”  The melodically simple song made certain to vary the instrumental attack between the “verses” and the “chorus” structure with a variety of instrumental … Continue reading

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Record Review: Midge Ure – The Gift DLX RM [part 2]

[continued from last post] Ure has revealed in his autobio that “If I Was” or maybe an instrumental [not a chance] were the only songs he was willing to have as the lead single from the album, since the intent … Continue reading

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Record Review: Midge Ure – The Gift DLX RM [part 1]

I have written extensively about my complex relationship to the art of Midge Ure. I have alluded to how his 1985 solo single, “If I Was” was perhaps the record second only to David Bowie’s “Let’s Dance,” for the greatest … Continue reading

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30 Days: 30 Albums | China Crisis – Flaunt The Imperfection DLX RM

The title of the third China Crisis album was always something that I saw as deeply ironic. At the time, the notion of a member of Steely Dan producing this band seemed to be a wacky, left-field idea, but the … Continue reading

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REDUX: Corn-Fed New Wave: Figures On A Beach, The Early Years

February 20, 2014 Ten days ago, commenter Rob C made an eloquent defense of Detroit’s Figures On A Beach and little did he know, but his words were only a portion of the FOAB event horizon that I find myself … Continue reading

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Rock GPA: Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark [part 26]

[continued from last post] I was just ready to graduate with my Bachelor’s degree in December of 1985. One of my friends I’d met in college who was also in the Graphic Design program was an interesting guy named Jim … Continue reading

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Rock GPA: Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark [part 25]

[continued from last post] Commenter Jordan in the previous post made a supremely cogent comment about OMD’s creative conundrum by 1985: “What was the missing link? It could not have been just trying to write bland music for the market. … Continue reading

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