This is it! Five hours left in the year, until a new chapter. So save your prayers til the morning after.
Call me psychic, but as I was preparing this post it was announced that these guys are headlining the New Year's Rock show on whatever network, so this is even more appropriate.
I'd be the first to admit that when these lads first hit at the dawn of MTV, I'd have bet good American money that they wouldn't have lasted more than a few records.
Fast forward to earlier this year, with them being inducted into the RnRHoF after 40+ years at the top of the charts.
There's your proof, if indeed you needed any, that my horse is always the very last one you'd wanna bet on.
The thing is though, their music has lasted -- despite their seeming overreliance on style when they debuted in the early 1980s -- because they have tunes.
If you think about it, when they first made the scene their video clips instantly took the medium from primitive green-screen Pong World into full-on cinematic statement, forever ensuring that anyone that followed had to be at least as good looking as them.
Anyway I worked on the pre-broadcast Supergroups vinyl of this to make it really pop -- John Taylor's bass is now guaranteed to raze the roof -- and added a passel of bonus treats so you get pretty much every song they played on this breakthrough tour.
537 MB FLAC/direct link
So there it is, 56 posts for a year in which I turned 56. The once-a-week thing sure suits my brain better than the 10-a-month excess, that's for certain.
I'll be right back here in a few days with the unveiling of 2023, but as we wish you the very best New Year, we implore that you please be safe out there tonight... and do enjoy these New Romantics in the forbidden zone as they tear up NYE 40 years ago!--J.