I remember where I was when I first heard today’s band, if not this particular record.
It was in a mate’s bedroom, I was probably 15 or 16 and he played me something off their Listen Like Thieves album, but bookended by some stuff by Tangerine Dream.
I remember actively disliking Tangerine Dream, and I think that rubbed off on to today’s band.
There’s no other reason why I wouldn’t have turned a complete blind eye to the utter brilliance that is the Kick album, the follow up to Listen Like Thieves; I just had it in my head that I didn’t like them.
Fast forward a couple of years, and there’s me and my mate John driving into town. He’s done a mixtape, this is on it, he sings along wildly and is utterly baffled – and rightly so – by my lack of participation. “Don’t like it,” I shrug.
Time is not only a great healer, it’s also a great eroder of barriers, and so it was that a few years later, I had to admit that Kick is bloody great album, and this is one of the greatest singles from the 1980s.
I’ve posted this song before, about a year ago. Hopefully this time it won’t remind you of a tube being forced up Little Jez.
I’ve spoiled that, haven’t I?