Wednesday, November 30, 2011

80's Guilt #12: Mike + The Mechanics “Silent Running (On Dangerous Ground)” (1985)

  • Paul Carrack on lead vocals, who also sang Squeeze's "Tempted," Ace's "How Long," and another really awful Mike + The Mechanics song called "The Living Years," although he didn't sing on their other hit "All I Need Is A Miracle."
  • "Mike" is one of the members of Genesis who isn't Phil Collins or Peter Gabriel.
  • This video is really fucking weird... Turns out that it's associated with a movie soundtrack.
  • Say what you want about "Silent Running," but to us, it sounds way better and more sincere than 99% of those 80's-nostalgia VHS-obsessed chillwave artists that have been embraced by Pitchfork and Altered Zones for the past 2 years.
  • We posted "Shattered Dreams" by Johnny Hates Jazz in an earlier entry, and we've found it very easy to get these two songs accidentally mashed together as they play in your head. (The lines "Can you hear me" & "and now you're giving me, giving me..." are the exact same notes and played in the same key.)
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