I can't decide if I'm currently listening to 'Avalon' by Roxy Music out of irony, the pressure to be interesting or because I love a good sax solo accompanied by a perfectly pitched female falsetto.
I'm unable to stop playing it and it's making me think of the closing credits to Romancing The Stone, where Kathleen Turner and Michael Douglas ride a boat down the street. It's not even the right song, but it fits the scene in my head.
Moving on to Terence Trent Darby, whose name I'm 97% certain I've never written on this blog before. I've gone all standard and put on 'Sign Your Name' when I should have searched for the one he sang with Des'ree, but I can't remember the name of it.
'Sign Your Name' brings to mind the film Mona Lisa and seedy Leeson Street nighthaunts circa 1986, when I was mostly seven.
Moving on again, and my mind takes a leaf through 'Look In' magazine and The Pasadenas. 'I'm Doing Fine Now' is the song and I haven't heard it since I was 8 or 9. Turns out it's, well, it's really terrible. Just because it's retro doesn't make it good.
Back to Terence. 'Wishing Well.' More like it.
As is Black's 'Wonderful Life,' which I'm sure was incongruously used in an ad for chocolate when it should have soundtracked something starring Martin Kemp, when he was still in Spandau Ballet. Quiffy.
People love 'True' and 'Gold' but, to these ears, nothing screams the Spandaus like 'Through The Barricades.' Such cloying majesty. "We built our love on waaaaaasteland... through the barrrricades." I haven't the foggiest fuck what he's on about but listen to Tony Hadley emote. Only Level 42's Mark King can touch him.
Oh yes, Level 42. Anyone with even a passing interest in all things Radgery should know that I consider 'Running In The Family' to be the best song in the history of Top Of The Pops and, by extension, music itself.
Look at that one-handed synth work. Mythic stuff.