5 from Blancmange

Time for another musical journey – this time back to the early 80s. Yes – I’m talking Blancmange. Now, this great little duo was only really around for a short time, although they recently released another album a few years back and went touring again, but they came out with some absolute early 80s classics. I make no apology for liking these tunes. Neil Arthur and Stephen Luscombe made pop at it’s best.

1. Don’t Tell Me – great synthesiser melody, fun lyrics, cheesy 80s video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SYQ1TZG6xZM&list=RDSYQ1TZG6xZM

2. Living on the Ceiling – the first real hit. Atmospheric intro, and another cheesy video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQ8qPOk0Zvc&list=RDSYQ1TZG6xZM&index=2

3. The Day Before You Came – a cover of the ABBA song – and I reckon it’s better. Great lyrics as you would expect from the Swedish masters, but Blancmange give it more oomph than ABBA did. And possibly the best video clip http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0QuikTJzYWw&list=RDSYQ1TZG6xZM&index=5

4. Blind Vision – possibly my favourite, but they’re all good. And another example of the obscure 80s video clip. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0YAvhMTgE8o&list=RDSYQ1TZG6xZM&index=3

5. Waves – a change of pace, a bit more reflective. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IbMi1Wg3uQU&index=8&list=RDSYQ1TZG6xZM

About George Fripley
I am a writer who enjoys writing humour, satire, poetry and sometimes a bit of philosophy. I live in Perth, Western Australia and occasionally get a poem or article published. It's all good fun! I have two books available for unwary readers, Grudges, Rumours and Drama Queens- The Civil Servant's Manual (This contains all that anybody could ever want to know about why government runs so slowly) and More Gravy Please! - the Politician's Handbook. (available through Amazon)

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