Ego was originally a radio-only single which was released exclusively in Australia during 1982, and featured on the British singer’s second studio album Select. The album was released in May 1982 and peaked at #19 in the UK album charts. Two singles were released from the album in the UK and Europe; Cambodia (#12 UK) and View From A Bridge (#16 UK). Both songs charted considerably higher in many European countries, showing that they had better taste than us Brits during the 80’s!
What a quality track this is. Featuring on the band’s 1984 album Sparkle In The Rain, interestingly, this was also used for the opening of the Scottish Top 40 chart show! For me, this the the most creative track on the album and listening to this instrumental version has made me realise just how well constructed the song is - that bassline sends a shiver down my spine! It’s just a shame that this was never released as a single.
This was the first album where the stadium rock sound was starting to come through - this didn’t please all Simple Minds fans - but at this stage it hadn’t become too overblown, at least. It’s just a pity that the albums producer Steve Lilywhite managed to make everything sound a bit “muddy”.
1. True Colors 2. All Through the Night 3. What’s Going On (Remix) 4. Change of Heart (Remix) 5. Money Changes Everything 6. Girls Just Want to Have Fun (Remix) 7. I Drove All Night 8. She Bop (Remix) 9. The Goonies ‘R’ Good Enough (Remix) 10. Time After Time
This was the only song that the 80’s synth artist managed to perform at the concert due to the event running late. This was a truly maginificent live piano performance, and he deserved to play many more songs! Hide And Seek was Howard Jones’ third hit single (reaching #12 in the UK) which was taken from his debut album Human’s Lib.
Lloyd Cole and The Commotions perform Lost Weekend on Saturday Superstore (BBC1) in 1985. The song was the follow-up to Brand New Friend and reached #17 in the UK singles chart, making it their biggest UK hit. Lost Weekend featured on the band’s second studio album Easy Pieces. Does anyone else think Lloyd looks like comedian Jimmy Carr?
Frankie Goes To Hollywood performing Two Tribes Live on The Tube (1984)
Released at the height of the cold war era, Two Tribes was No.1 in the UK singles chart for nine weeks during the summer of ‘84, and remains in the Top 30 of best-selling British singles of all time, having sold over 1.5 million copies. The band’s biggest-selling single was Relax which sold over 1.9 million copies and is still the seventh best-selling single of all time in the UK.