against most anything else the Simple Minds would ace this by virtue of the singer's Restless Leg Syndrome. I predict they'll win this one handily without me so I'm going for B nothing special maybe but another one of those tracks I didn't know I missed hearing for YEARS until hearing it again.
While the album itself is a mixed bag, CG and the title track in particular are top-fucking-notch, and a brave choice from you, A. Kudos. But B is one of those songs that you seem to forget about forever yet when you hear it again it sounds fanfuckingtastic and fresh as a daisy. It's that simple arrangement i reckon, no horns, just guitars, drums and those terrific vocals.
I was always felt 'Chelsea Girl' was a bit incongruous as a product of UK post punk. The baroque keyboard was straight from 67/68, Charlie B's fluid guitar soloing was very mid 70s (he would change his style completely in under a year) and the whole thing had the sheen of a very Americanised power pop. They would reinvent themselves away from this soon enough, but there's something very appealing about the sheer directness of the tune, with hooks aplenty. There's an adolescent gaucheness about it sure ( even the Warhol/Nico allusions seem kind of obvious) but I can't deny its joie de vivre. B is pretty damn good. It seems to be far better known in the US than here judging by the comments. I really enjoyed its sharp punchiness, but it could have done with some horns to really hit home. Very little to choose between them, but it feels like Acould do with some love.
I have read some praise about SM on these boards, something I have difficulties in understanding. I have them filed under something to avoid at all cost. A is almost on the right side of things, to the point that I could have voted for it against other cup picks (Opeth maybe).
Surprised to learn that B is a classic rock radio staple in the US. Never heard it and it's fantabulous. As it's been said, the minimalist arrangement is ace and makes it a shining gem in a genre that has plenty of them.
Ooo, I've studiously avoided early Simple Minds, but I've not heard 'em doing anything as derivative as this before, they were at least doing their own thing in a shit way in the later material. Feels like it should've been released in 1975, and Jimmy's vocal is really annoying. Is this the most modern track picked in the final, from over 40 years ago? Such a shame.
No, sick of hearing this kind of thing now, it's just wallpaper to me.