Lately I’ve been getting into songs with orchestral backing, John Grant’s current album with the Northern Philharmonic and Visages “Classical ” spring to mind. Out of the original, orchestrated classics, “Vienna” by Ultravox, “Waves” by Blancmange and “Breakfast” by The Associates are all in my Top 30 songs.
Powerful , melancholic and memorable, Billy shows off his full, passionate range. This is the full version complete with the instrumental “Alone” beautifully produced by Martin Rushent. Of more interest is a B-side, Kites. A cover version of Simon Dupree and the Big Sound’s Psychedelic masterpiece from the 60’s. It is given a new wave club feel which really works.