Thursday, May 11, 2006

China Crisis - Christian 12"

Number 5 on my top 10 songs of the 80's list is a lovely pop songs by a band whom I loved very much in the early 80's. China Crisis were a brilliant band who have many songs which would qualify for being some of my favorite tracks. Although when I think of my favorite release of theirs, the 'Christian' ep rates as their best in my books. The fragile ballad 'Christian' is a haunting masterpiece, and still gets a regular play on the table. Not only is is a fabulous single, but the flips songs, 'Greenacre Bay' and 'Performing Seals', are quality songs to make this an ep I will continue to enjoy for many years. China Crisis has become one of my staple band, along with OMD over the years, and I can honestly say these two are still among my favorite artists. Despite my musical tastes shifting more towards the 'shoegaze' spectrum slightly, I still thoroughly enjoy a good dose of early OMD or China Crisis. I think this single is one of their overlooked releases, given that 'African & White', and later releases 'Highest High' and 'King In Catholic Style' were more their mainstay. I think this is a brilliant release, and deserves all the hype of any of their best singles.

Track 1, Christian

Track 2, Greenacre Bay

Track 3, Performing Seals

Grab the tracks here,

UK Virgin Records 1982, VS562-12

Personal rating 5/5

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