"IT'S NEW TO ME" WEEK (OCTOBER 20-26, 2013)
I always enjoyed the easy pop shuffle of this album's single, Dance Hall Days, when I heard it on the radio; it was a minor hit around the time I graduated from high school. However, I didn't like that single enough to buy the LP and I never heard anything else from the album so I didn't pick up a copy. At the time, I figured this group was one and done so why bother? Only recently did I buy this CD for $3 from a used bin. I find the band's sound to be similar to that of The Fixx and the songwriting is much better than I had anticipated. Glad I found it - better late than never, I guess.
Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: #30
Peak on Cash Box album chart: #31
Tracks: Assuming the sequencing on this CD is the same as the original LP, I would guess that I'd have listened to side 1 much more than side 2 because there's not a stinker among the first 5 tracks. Track 4, The Waves, really catches my ear and I'm left wondering why that song was never released as a single. To be fair, track 6 (the Top 40 single Don't Let Me Go) is good, too. It's after that that the album slowly unravels. At least they grouped the 6 good tracks together.
Personal Memory Associated with this CD: None. Instead of listening to this album in the summer of 1984, I had a steady diet of Billy Idol's Rebel Yell, The Cars' Hello Again, the Footloose soundtrack, Duran Duran's The Reflex, Difford & Tilbrook, Lionel Richie's Can't Slow Down, and Prince's Purple Rain. In the spring of 1986, I would often listen to Wang Chung's excellent To Live And Die In L.A. soundtrack which also included the song Wait (track 2 from Points On The Curve). I had dubbed To Live And Die In L.A. on one side of a C-90 cassette with INXS Listen Like Thieves on the flip side.