Friday, January 1, 2010

Speed Your Love To Me

Simple Minds has had a long and varied career, from their beginnings as punkish Roxy Music wannabe's, to their experiments in fusing punk and dance, to mid-eighties stadium rockers, to today's status as sophisticated elder statesmen. I grew up with their records from the mid 80's (Sparkle In the Rain and Once Upon a Time), but it wasn't until adulthood that I got my hands on a bunch of their old LP's from the late 70's and early 80's. As I listened I became more and more astounded the further back I went. They had an impressive output (5 albums in 2 years!), running the gamut between glossy synth numbers and all-out noise fests. Often described as a weaker version of U2, I came away much more impressed with Simple Minds' creativity and variety than I ever felt about U2's work. More importantly it made me appreciate those two records I remembered from childhood even more.
This song was a single off of Sparkle, and I might consider it my favorite Simple Minds track. It's four minutes of pure energy wrapped up in a shiny wash of chiming guitars and keyboards. Nice and reverb-y, the sound of the music completely reminds me of my childhood. It makes me glad to have been a kid back then, since so much of the music of the time had this magical, synth-y, glossy quality.

Speed Your Love To Me