Simply Red, Picture Book (1985)
I am not a Simply Red fan. But I do own this album. And I’m happy to have it in my collection. No shame. There’s a lot of average stuff on this – even if it is the band’s best album, the debut that justifies (in some way) part of why this band became so (irritatingly) huge. I like the song Holding Back The Years. It’s a class-act. And I bought this record (for $1) for that song. I played the song during a recent Other Eighties DJ set and had two people come up after and tell me that it was a nice trick; they had been caught singing along, enjoying the song only to realise in shock-horror (to themselves): ew, this is Simply Red! That’s pretty much my reaction to the song (pretty much every time). So I sat to listen to this whole record and it really is hard to like Simply Red. I mean the cover of Heaven is horrible. That’s part of what appeals to me about Holding Back The Years; a quality song that Mick Hucknall can actually claim (co)authorship of. So many of the band’s biggest hits were garish covers – technically Holding Back The Years is a cover too. Hucknall wrote it as a teen, trialled it with his earlier band and then nailed it here.
Sample Track: Money’s Too Tight To Mention
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