Sunday, January 20, 2008
Scary Thieves - The Waiting Game
The 80's were a strange time, being that people wore neon, wore Wham shirts and that whole friendship pin fad. You know, just the lame stuff that you probably won't ever admit to doing. I guess at the time it was cool, but wow, how bad it is to go through a box and find a neon 'choose life' t-shirt. It wasn't mine I swear! The 80's was sort of the same way musically, being that there are bands you probably might admit to listening to (Smiths, New Order ect), and some you would probably only do with torture (Twisted Sister, Culture Club...). Musically, the 80's was a melting pot that found all the genera's combining into a musical soup. Early on, it was minimalistic synth music and post punk music that drove the market, thankfully disco was dead at this point (until Erasure brought it back). At around 1985, we saw probably the best period of 'retro 80s' giving us The The, The Smiths, Modern English, OMD and The Scary Thieves. Tracks by these artists are well documented on the many 80's collections that are out there, namely The Hardest Hits Series. It seems most collections seem to center around 1985, perhaps they agree with my sentiment that 1985ish was the best 'vintage'. The only downfall to the mid 80's period was the plithora of one-hit-wonders that became so abundant. It's not to say they were bad, just only good for a single or an album. The Scary Thieves were a prime example of this. They released one great single 'The Waiting Game', which is on most of the many collections to be found, and then faded away. This track is a great representation of 1985 at it's best. You could get a record contract based on a few good songs, and a single, and play hope for the best after that. Even I probably could have gotten a record contract playing the pan flute out of my arse. The sad reality is that the music industry had flooded the market with a pile of semi-talented artists, and quickly made whatever money they could before these artists were summarily dumped. The Scary Thieves had this brilliant single, and nothing else to really speak of, but does that make them fodder? Not really, they got their 2 second of fame, and can now show their grandkids just how many collection cds that one song got onto. Just don't go and do a reunion anytime soon! If you're looking for an album, good luck. You might find the 12" for 'Tell Me Girl', but that's a venture in itself.
Track 1, The Waiting Game
Track 2, Live In Another Day
Track 3, The Waiting Game (7" Version)
Grab the tracks here!
UK Parlophone Records 1985, 12 R6094
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