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where to start?
Stop at 'Sparkle in the Rain'. First 2 albums are fine, but not essential. Catalogue beyond SITR is abominable.
what you want from them. If you want THE GREATEST STADIUM ROCK ALBUM EVER MADE, 'Once Upon A Time' is peerless, flawless, timeless and totally brilliant. If you're looking for very dark, very odd post-punk/electro shenanigans (lazy comparison: something like The Human League covering The Pop Group), 'Empires And Dance' is for you.
Avoid 'The Street Fighting Years' like a tidy plague. It is ponderous dogshit from start to end.
is also pretty good imo.
i love that album.
as said above, it well downhill fast after sparkle in the rain though.
the Utah Saint's sampletastic New Gold Dream.
Otherwise the Peel session versions of Room and Citizen are unbelievable.
anything they did after 'Sparkle In The Rain', but fucking hell, 'Once Upon A Time' has SUCH TUNES. Admittedly they're pretty much the same tune arranged slightly differently but it's as perfect as 80's stadium pop gets.
they are utter toss, and the guy can't dance.
affects the sound of a record.
So seriously they were good before, you know, pasty kensit, john hughes, etc. I always thought Belfast Child was wonderful pompous stadium rock...
until I bang on Someone Somewhere in Summertime and annoy the neighbours. The Met Office agree.
for DiS (i'd never thought I would see a thread for Simple Minds on here).....
'Sons & Fascination'/'Sister Feelings Call' are great albums, will cost you £5 on one CD from FOPP and is worth £5 of anyone's money just for 'Theme For Great Cities'....
'Empires & Dance' and 'New Gold Dream' are also good as well......
Ignore the narrow-minded comments of some on here - they were tied up with U2 and others in the 80's once they went stadium rock, but they were a whole different band earlier on........
Mike and the Mechanics??
you drink Tab Clear next.
is the one to get.
You can't beat the huge early 80's floor filler "I travel" !