Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Simple Minds - Once Upon a Time
Side one opens with the mid-tempo rhythms of the title track. "Once Upon a Time" is a modern fairy-tale of the trails and tribulations of love.
The third single was "All the Things She Said"; it went to number 65 in Canada, number 51 in Germany, number 46 in Australia, number 28 on the US Billboard Hot 100, number 20 in New Zealand, number 9 in the UK and on the US Billboard Mainstream Rock chart, number 6 in the Netherlands, number 5 on the US Billboard Dance chart, and number 4 in Ireland. Of the three hits on this album, this one was my least favorite. Its mid-tempo really did not do much for me.
"Ghost Dancing", the final single, spirited to number 72 in Australia, number 46 in Italy, number 18 in the Netherlands, number 13 in the UK and number 3 in Ireland. The song has a politically charged message and lots of energy musically.
"Alive and Kicking", the first single, reached number 33 in France, number 21 in Australia, number 17 in Germany, number 11 in Sweden, number 7 in the UK, number 5 in New Zealand, number 3 in Canada and on the US Billboard Hot 100, number 2 in Ireland and the Netherlands, and number 1 in Italy and on the US Billboard Mainstream Rock chart. This one reminds me a lot of college campus parties; in fact, I suspect at least a couple of the campus fraternity parties used this song title as a theme back in 1986. It was a good tune to dance to.
Side two kicks off with "Oh Jungleland" on a big, explosive note.
"I Wish You Were Here" pulls back the energy level a bit with a more personal, intimate number.
"Sanctify Yourself", the second single, soared to number 46 in Australia, number 38 in Germany, number 27 in Italy, number 22 in New Zealand, number 17 in Canada, number 16 in Sweden, number 14 on the US Billboard Hot 100, number 10 in the UK, number 4 in Ireland, and number 3 in the Netherlands. Again, we have another high energy dance track here. With the backing vocal chorus, it also very much has a "coming to church" gospel element to it.
The album closes with "Come a Long Way". This one opens with primal percussion pattern that strikes to my very core. The chorus is part guttural chant.
Back in the mid-80's, I owned a copy of Once Upon a Time on cassette, the purchase motivated by the three big hit singles. A number of years ago, I picked up the album again for my digital music library as I was adding other albums by the band (it was a value-priced multi-album deal that was too good to pass up).
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