27 Virgin and Philistines by the Colourfield 1985
Not sure many people would have guessed that following on form the Funboy 3 Terry Hall's next move would be to go all acoustic 60s pop, and make an lp whose template The Beautiful South built a pretty good career on.
After the initial misfire of the Colourfield single they released one of the perfect pop songs
It is a mixture of state of the nation commentary in Cruel Circus , Armchair Theatre, Faint Hearts and the personal politics of the heart. all backed by tunes that Bacharach would have been proud of
Sometimes Hall's turn of phrase could bee a bit clumsy but it is singing about the everyday mundane that kicks hard.
The same song for example has the rather trite "but me and the cat own the lease to the flat" and the Morrissey like "I took passion from compassion I needed the rest / from telling you you looked attractive each time you undressed"
The highlight for me is a cover version . I can never tire of these harmonies to melt to
You can buy Virgins and Philistines with a shed load of extra tracks here