Today is a double bill of 80's singers I like having their birthdays. Jim Kerr of Simple Minds turns 59 today and Marc Almond out of Soft Cell turns 61 today. There's not much of an age difference between them to be honest!
I've seen Jim Kerr live with Simple Minds back in 2013 when they were touring that Celebrate: Greatest Hits collection. Funnily enough, on the day I saw them, it happened to be the birthday of one of the other members of the band on the same night, Charlie Burchill, the guitarist. Some of my favourite Simple Minds songs are Chelsea Girl, I Travel, Promised You A Miracle, Someone, Somewhere In Summertime, Speed Your Love To Me, Alive And Kicking, Ghost Dancing, See The Lights, Glitter Ball, Dancing Barefoot, Broken Glass Park, Midnight Walking, and Sense Of Discovery to name a few. I haven't heard many of their albums, but of the ones I've heard, New Gold Dream, Once Upon A Time, Sparkle In The Rain and Big Music are my favourites.
As for Marc Almond, sadly I've never seen him live. Soft Cell did announce a comeback show but it was in London and I couldn't have gone anyway since it falls on the same night I'm seeing Kylie in Glasgow. I'm not so familiar with his solo albums, but when it comes to Soft Cell, their best albums are to me Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret and The Art Of Falling Apart, through their latest album, Cruelty Without Beauty deserves more love too. As for my favourite Soft Cell songs, they'd be Memorabilia, Where Did Our Love Go, Bedsitter, Say Hello, Wave Goodbye, What, Torch, Where The Heart Is, Loving You, Hating Me, Numbers, Soul Inside, Down In The Subway and The Night, but again there's more I can't think of.
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