Here’s a single that until now had completely passed me by. Listening to it, it’s vintage China Crisis; very much what The Virgin Encyclopedia of Popular Music
refers to as their “pastoral electro-pop”. It’s rather an earnest effort, although that’s what you’d expect when it is taken from an album called Difficult Shapes And Passive Rhythms Some People Think It’s Fun To Entertain
. Anyway, here’s what Smash Hits
had to say at the time: “The appeal of China Crisis is a little beyond me, I’m afraid. The guitars do their work on tiptoe which is a good job, because if they were any bolder they’d scare the living daylights out of what passes for a song. This record probably arrives with a note from its mother.” It’s true that it is a timid little song, but all the hallmarks of a mid-80s pop single are present and correct, right down to the distorted trumpet – and this was 1982. So in some respects, it might have been slightly ahead of its time. However, it wasn’t a hit and probably wouldn’t have stood much chance of being one four or five years later.
NEW SINGLES on sale from Oct. 15
CHINA CRISIS No More Blue Horizons (Fool, Fool, Fool) (Virgin VS521)
HEAVEN 17 This Is Mine (Virgin VS722)