Reason #453 Why The ’80’s Didn’t Suck: Empires and Dance

Simple Minds sucked in the later half of the 1980’s, so I won’t be covering any of their albums post 1984. But the albums they released from 1980 to 1984 were amazingly creative, groundbreaking even, and the first album of the decade they put out was Empires and Dance, at the very dawn of the new decade. Their 1979 sophomore album, Real to Real Cacophony, was a HUGE leap from the debut (think Pablo Honey to The Bends), and Empires and Dance was a HUGE leap from Real To Real (think The Bends to OK Computer). Empires and Dance is a very European album, as proven by the mutant disco that permeates the majority of the tracks. I Travel, Celebrate, Thirty Frames a Second and the absolute foreboding masterpiece that is This Fear Of Gods should be on everyone’s iPod. Twist/Run/Repulsion is one of the eeriest and downright weirdest songs they ever recorded and is a great example of the fearlessness this band had back in 1980. They would release better records, but none were more creative than Empires and Dance.

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