As promised, this week for 80s Thursday, we will look at a handful of female singers from the UK. Enjoy!
Album: Kaleidoscope by Siouxsie and The Banshees
I’m not really familiar with the group except Hong Kong Garden and a couple of other hits. It’s been noted that the sound quality here is lighter and much clearer than on previous releases and that Siouxsie’s singing shows noticeable improvement. Kaleidoscope is often ranked among their best.
Album: Never For Ever by Kate Bush
I’m a fan of her unique artpop style. Breathing is about a foetus, aware of what is going on outside the womb and frightened by nuclear fallout. Army Dreamers deals with a mother who grieves for her young adult son, who was killed on military manoeuvres.
On Babooshka, one of her biggest hits, she goes full out pop while also making that word her own. According to a 1980 interview, the song chronicles a wife’s desire to test her husband’s loyalty.
Delius (Song of Summer)
The Wedding List
Non-album Christmas single:
December Will Be Magic Again
Album: Your Cassette Pet by Bow Wow Wow
I prefer the Kevin Shields remix from the Marie Antoinette soundtrack. It’s interesting to hear the uptempo 1980 version. The song was a hit for Ricky Nelson in 1962.
Fools Rush In
Twilight Café by Susan Fassbender (single)
What do you think of this music, any favorites? As always, comments are welcome.
I’ll take a break from 80s Thursday for the rest of December. The series will return in early 2016.