Thursday, 30 August 2012

Simple Minds - Promised You A Miracle - US Remix


Simple Minds - Promised You A Miracle single sleeve front
The lead single from Simple Mind's fifth studio album New Gold Dream (81/82/83/84) was released in April 1982, and this was the Scottish band's first song to break into the UK Top 40, reaching #13.

New producer, Peter Walsh, had created a more radio-friendly sound for the album, which borrowed from the new wave sound of the previous album, Sons and Fascination, and added a a cleaner pop sound. For me, this was the ultimate Simple Minds album and was created before the band lost their way with the over-produced, stadium rock on future albums. This was a golden moment from the 80s where lead singer Jim Kerr fully-embraced the New Romanticism of the time by wearing a frilly shirt and eye-liner, and the atmospheric pop sound was perfection - deep bass-lines, haunting synths and catchy melodies, this is a golden treasure.  

Two further singles were released from New Gold Dream; Glittering Prize which reached #16 and Someone, Somewhere In Summertime which peaked at #36, but deserved to chart much higher!

Check out Laurel and Hardy dancing to New Gold Dream on this blog. Also, don't miss the Simple Minds page at my 80s website simplyeighties.com.

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