36 years ago, on a cloudy June evening much like this one, Underwater Moonlight was finishing its first day on Earth. Like today, on June 28 1980 the geo-political world was threatening: the Right was in the rise again, Russia was militant, and feral skinheads roamed our streets. As Soft Boys' bassist Matthew Seligman said at the time: "The world may end tomorrow, but at least we've made this record." How little has changed since 1980... Underwater Moonlight is still a record to be proud of, and we Olde Soft Gentlemen are. Only 38 minutes long, too - viva, chaps! Love from London, Rx https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VAt7hK_zKr0
The voices of the future whisper softly to the 1980s: 'Your drum sound was a mistake'
The desire to control the sexuality of other consenting adults is generally a sign that you can't accept your own.
Both Talking Heads and The Psychedelic Furs had very catchy songs entitled 'Heaven', so in 1984 I decided to write one too. It came out rather anthemic, in the key of F and I put a bombastic riff in there. I was very proud of the chorus which the Egyptians - Andy, Morris and Roger at the time - laced with fine monastic harmonies. Maybe coming from another artist 'Heaven' might have been a massive hit but can you imagine me with a massive hit? My fans wouldn't have stood for it! A few years later I lowered the key to D and relaunched the song acoustically with the harmony chorus intact. About 20 years after writing it, I realized that my 'Heaven' was about addiction. Or, if you prefer, compulsion. Choice baffles me, and choosing options slows me down to zero. In my experience you don't make choices, they make you. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QftSXPbwEvk&list=RDQftSXPbwEvk