Bookended by Cats was named after Milo and Otis. They are the short, orange, and furry brothers who, upon entering our lives in 2003, often bookended us on our couch. And who are we? We're a geek couple living in PA. We love music, movies, TV, comics, books, and comic cons. And, from time to time, we'll share our thoughts on these nerdy things.

Friday, October 14, 2022

Friday 80s Flashback for October 14, 2022

[A Quartet of Decades] -- Intro.Forty years ago this week – on October 15, 1982 – Ultravox released their sixth studio album. For this outing, Ultravox dropped their longtime producer, Conny Plank, and instead opted to work with George Martin (yes, that George Martin who worked with The Beatles). While the album resulted in four singles that were top 20 hits in the UK, and the album peaked at #6 on the UK's album charts, there were (are?) detractors who felt the band was slipping into a safe and conservative space with this outing. Meanwhile, those four singles – "Reap the Wild Wind", "Hymn", "Visions in Blue" and "We Came to Dance" – remain some of my favorite songs in this band's catalog. Among the singles, I particularly love "Hymn" and "We Came to Dance." Of the non-single tracks, "Cut and Run" holds a special place in my heart. 

The embedded YouTube playlist has all nine tracks from the 1982 release as well as the official music videos for "Reap the Wild Wind" and "We Came to Dance," so you get a total of 11 tracks this week. 

FlashbackQuartet (October 15, 1982)

That's all till next week. Dedicated 80s-philes can find more flashbacks in the Prophet or Madman archives or via Bookended's 80s Flashback tag. As always, your comments are welcome on today's, or any other, flashback post. And if you like what I'm doing here, please share the link with your friends. If, however, you don't like the flashback, feel free to share it with your enemies.

I'll see you in seven!

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