Reason #441 Why The ’80’s Didn’t Suck: The Lilac Time

lilac timeStephen Duffy and The Lilac Time are the very definition of tragically underrated. If you consider yourself a fan of XTC, The Waterboys circa Fisherman’s Blues or just great English pop music in general you owe it to yourself to check out this fantastic band, and in particular this album, released in 1987. It’s full of pastoral instrumentation and pop hooks galore. Songs like Black Velvet, which kicks off this debut, and other gems like Return To Yesterday, Love Becomes a Savage and And The Ship Sails On are the definite highlights, but the album itself is one of those rare, perfect little records that’ll stay with you for years. Duffy was one of the original members of Duran Duran, left before they became popular and then became popular himself with a hit from his original incarnation entitled Tin Tin (the great synth hit Kiss Me), then retreated once again to pen a whole bunch of British classics as The Lilac Time.