Sunday, 24 February 2013

Cassette experiment day 11 - Stephen tintin Duffy 'the ups and downs'

Do you ever take a moment to ponder what might have been?

For example, if I hadn’t spectacularly failed my A levels I might well have been a Chartered Accountant by now (now there's a thought!).

Someone else who may wonder what might have been is Stephen (TinTin) Duffy. If he hadn't parted company with Duran Duran he might now be the millionaire lead singer of one of the most embarrassing bands of the 20th (and, sadly, 21st) century - or alternatively if he'd stayed around the boys may have recorded a catalogue of classics like 'Kiss me', 'Icing on the Cake', 'Laundry' or the mighty 'Wednesday Jones', which featured on almost every mixtape produced by yours-truly for about three years.

It has to be said, ‘The ups and downs’ has weathered the storms of the intervening 28 (yikes!) years rather successfully. The production sounds very 1985 but the songs, for the most part, are timeless. The singles, particularly ‘Kiss Me’ (candidate for the most remixed song of the 1980s) are well-known to most people over the age of 40, but the real treasures here are the tracks that weren’t singles. ‘The world at large alone’ and ‘Wednesday Jones’ are the best of an exceedingly impressive selection.

Look out for more of Stephen’s albums over the coming weeks – if you’re very good we might even listen to Dr Calculus.

Now if only Stephen could have talked John and Andy out of joining The Power Station.

Label – 10 Records

Year - 1985