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

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