Since September 2010, this blog has recorded the journey of this middle-aged man as I attempt to listen to all the music in my CD collection. CDs revisited in their entirety from start to finish - no skipping tracks, no shuffle. CDs only - no vinyl, no tapes, no downloads. And just as CD technology (and the album format itself) becomes obsolete. I'm no music critic, just a music junkie with too much time on my hands.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Scritti Politti - Cupid & Psyche 85 (1985)

Note: this release was originally purchased as a cassette tape, later replaced by a CD.

I think of this album as a "winter album" and the disc has been recently spending some time in my truck's CD player, so I figured I'd go ahead and blog about it. I would call this a guilty pleasure, but I think it's a really good synthpop album (if you think "good synthpop album" is an oxymoron, you're at the wrong blog). I've never known much about the group, most likely because I bought the cassette, not the LP. For me, liner notes in cassettes weren't read because the music was played in the car, not at the house. I'm also guessing the group didn't get much written about them in Rolling Stone magazine, my go-to music publication at the time. The singer/group leader Green Gartside has a thin voice, but it doesn't really detract from the otherwise strong, bubbly material and production. I guess I like the tunes so much that I'm able to overlook the dated Fairlight CMI synths and drum programming.

Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: #50

Tracks: They're all so different and I like 'em all, bonus tracks included. For an in-depth retro recap, I defer to Thomas Inskeep at the now defunct Stylus Magazine.

Personal Memory Associated with this CD: Purchased on the strength of the single, Perfect Way, I remember this cassette getting heavy play in the Markmobile during Christmas break my freshman year of college when I was working at the local plumbing supply house. Aren't the 5 week winter breaks in higher education wonderful?

Also memorable is the fun Miles Davis cover of Perfect Way from his 1986 Tutu album.

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