Monday, July 12, 2010
They're known in the US mainly for their cover songs, scoring number-1 hits with "Red, Red Wine" (which you can compare to the original version here) in 1983 and "(I Can't Help) Falling in Love With You" in 1993. But they wrote a lot of great original music too.
Their American popularity peaked in 1993, but they still sell a ton of records in the UK. Anyway, great musicianship, great sound, great songs -- they're just a great band. Here's five of my favorites from the '80s.
"Food for Thought" (1980)
Their first single, it was about famine in Ethiopia (five years before Band Aid).
(The sound's kind of loud on this one, so watch out.)
"One in Ten" (1981)
"Many Rivers to Cross" (1983) A Jimmy Cliff song
"If It Happens Again" (1984)
"Rat in Mi Kitchen" (1987)
Allegedly about Margaret Thatcher.... Anyway, great song and great title (which I once borrowed for one of my favorite blog posts.)