Glimmering, stuffed with awful placeholder lyrics, “Unforgettable Fire” is a beautiful U2 song, the only moment when producers Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois approximated Trevor Horn: triggered orchestral samples, click tracks, vagueness as grandness. This song coded as “European,” and I love it.
I suppose Paul Weller as a Style Counciler intoning You don’t have to take this c-c-crap worked too. I’m delighted to see Madonna’s influence as rap interpolation and for its own sweet sake. Y-100 in Miami played “Dr. Beat” for years as if Miami Sound Machine’s breakthrough also broke through top 40, yet I guarantee every person alive at the time can recite the chorus as soon as it plays; the video, I should stress, emphasizes the humor and camp of my distant in-law relative, the one who in 1987 had us kids in stitches trying out the words of “Anything for Food,” a variant on “Weird” Al Yankovik’s “Fat.” .
Finally, I see a band called It Bites.
Jermaine Jackson – Do What You Do
David Cassidy – The Last Kiss
Billy Ocean – Caribbean Queen
Alison Moyet – Weak in the Presence of Beauty
Queen – It’s a Hard Life
Kim Wilde & Junior – Another Step (Closer to You)
Opus – Live is Life
Marillion – Incommunicado
It Bites – Calling All The Heroes
Wet Wet Wet – Wishing I Was Lucky
U2 – I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For
The Style Council – Walls Come Tumbling Down!
The Real Thing – Can’t Get By Without You
Hazell Dean – Searchin’ (I Gotta Find a Man)
Level 42 – Running in the Family
Spandau Ballet – Through the Barricades
Erasure – The Circus
Rah Band – Clouds Across the Moon
Good to Great
Miami Sound Machine – Dr. Beat
Madonna – Holiday
U2 – The Unforgettable Fire
Billy Idol – Rebel Yell
Cherrelle with Alexander O’Neal – Saturday Love
Def Leppard – Animal
Bronski Beat – Why?
Scritti Politti – The Word “Girl”
Prince and the Revolution – Kiss
Sade – Your Love is King
Talking Heads – Road to Nowhere
Billy Idol – White Wedding