This one is probably not as controversial as the Teardrop's post as probably a lot of people can't stand either of Spandau Ballet's first or second lp.
I really like this second lp even though it has a lot that just shouts "take the piss". The production was a bit woolly, Tony Hadley was at the peak of his "foghorn" phase and side 2 featured a track which sounded like a Japan reject mixed with the sound of a tap left on.
But in a town of skinheads and mods as well as the odd punk that time forgot, it is easy to forget how different they looked and sounded at the time. Side one is the standard clubby sound but it is with side 2 that things get a bit weird and that is why I love the lp. Long meandering songs "Pharaoh" and "Missionary", "Rio" it certainly wasn't
The record company and band desperate for a hit sent "Instinction" to Trevor Horn to remix to a bright and shiny pop gem and from then on it was the speedy decline to suits and a sound with all the edges planed off to the point of nothingness. Listen to "True" and then "Diamond" and what strikes you is just how rough this lp sounds.. and is it so much better for it
I've posted something from the recent double cd re release, it is one of the extended mixes of "Chant Number 1"
It is hard to believe just how exotic "you go down down past talk of town, down greek street then underground" sounded to someone who lived in a world when the major annual event was a town tulip parade