Released today in 1986: Jericho

WEA YZ63

WEA YZ63

Oh, spare us: he’s on about money again. It seems to be a recurrent theme on Simply Red’s singles to date. On Money’s Too Tight (To Mention), Mick Hucknall’s financial worries cause him to go “…to the bank, to see what they could do; they said ‘son, looks like bad luck got a hold on you’.” He’s concerned about more than just his own situation in Come To My Aid: “In the poverty stakes see just what it means: when welfare decimates, you’d better care about your fellow people.” Quite. And now, with Jericho, he is telling us “I know money’s a thing – your only inspiration and your only meaning.” Speak for yourself…

But maybe Mick hasn’t seen any of his royalties yet. What’s certain is that they’re on their way: slow-burning Simply Red debut album Picture Book, the one these singles are taken from, has been languishing in the lower reaches of the Top 100 for some weeks, but it has already been certified silver by the BPI.

NEW SINGLES on sale from Feb. 14
1986
SEVENTH AVENUE (Big Fun) Love’s Gone Mad (Record Shack SOHO56)
SIMPLY RED (Mick Hucknall) Jericho (WEA YZ63)

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