Once I'd woken up to the fact that ELO may not be the best band of all time, I started to get into the usual guitar bands of the early 80s , Teardrop Explodes, Echo and the Bunnymen etc. I read record mirror and searched the single and album reviews for new bands. However for some reason The Sound completely passed me by. I vaguely remember seeing the cover of the above lp around but that is about it.
It is again only in last few years when having read a lot of music books about that time I saw their name mentioned again and again, and thought it was about time i tried to track some stuff down
The London band were headed up by singer Adrian Borland who sadly committed suicide in 1999 they made the kind of guitar music that carried forward 30 years is giving bands like The Editors and Doves the kind of success that The Sound could only dream of.
They released 5 lps over a 7 year period and only really came got radio and TV exposure with the single "Sense of Purpose"
I'm not sure why it never happened , the maybe lacked the intensity of Joy Division, the quirkiness of Teardrop Explodes, or just that killer single that wold have given them the break through.
I eventually managed to get a copy of From the Lion's Mouth and it should be held up there with Crocodiles and Kilimanjaro. The website Brittle Heaven dedicated to the singer describes them as the missing link between the Bunnymen and Joy Division and I think that is spot on. The website can be found here and is full of info on the band as well as various tv appearances