Friday, 11 January 2008
If The Passions are remembered at all it’s for their solitary hit I’m In Love With A German Film Star (their 4th single and only hit). This song fitted in nicely with the electronic/New romantic songs of the era even though as far as I can tell it only features guitar, bass and drums. The production, particularly the tape delay, gives it its atmosphere.
mp3: The Passions - I’m In Love With A German Film Star (1981)
I’m guessing their follow up Skin Deep is their attempt at a dance track, possibly influenced by Talking Heads I Zimbra. I’m not normally impressed by songs that just repeat the title over and over but this one is worth sticking with mainly for Barbara Gogan's vocal which seems (at least partly) to anticipate Liz Frasers style.
mp3: The Passions - Skin Deep (1981)
I recently found an article on The Passions from ZigZag issue 105 (September 1980). It’s easy to forget when listening to old records by bands who ended up as footnotes in musical history that these bands started out full of hope and ambition. The full article is below if you are interested.
The albums Michael and Miranda, Thirty Thousand Feet Over China and Sanctuary(Cars Driven Fast) will be available for download from March. See The Passions website for news.