102 - Pacific Street by the Pale Fountains 1984
If I'm being honest depending on what day of the week it is it could have been this or their second lp the slightly harder From Across the Kitchen Table. Both lp are out of time. Pacific Street especially pulls on Love , Burt Bacharach, Scott Walker etc as inspiration. They stuck out like a sore thumb in 1984/5 but if they'd been around in the days of Brit pop they would have been massive. Then again with the Head brother's luck it still probably wouldn't have happened (if fact it didn't as they were around with Shack .. more of whom later on in the 125)
Pacific Street wears its heart on its sleeve , strings fight for attention with subtle brass and woodwind and brass (I mean there is a flute in there that thankfully is as far form Jethro Tull as you could get). There are elements of jazz and slight blues , all mixed in with pure Beatles pop.
The whole thing bursts with the romanticism and innocence of youth
Don't Let Your Love Start a War - The Pale Fountains
The cd version I have is a bit of a cheat as it has some extra track son including their own almost breakthrough single the best song Burt Bacharach never wrote , Thankyou
Here they are on the Old Grey Whistle Test which highlights the problem , the sound doesn't translate that well live ,although stick around for the wonderful 2nd track Palm of My Hand (one of the extra tracks on my version of the lp) also the record company seem to have got them into some sub Haircut 100 image
You can buy Pacific Street here its full of fantastic 3 min pop songwriting