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Cutting Crew - 1986 Broadcast



ARTIST: Cutting Crew
ALBUM: Broadcast
LABEL: Virgin
SERIAL: CD SIREN 7
YEAR: 1986
CD REISSUE: Reissue List..

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Nick Van Eede - vocals, guitars, keyboards * Kevin Scott MacMichael - guitars, keyboards, vocals * Colin Farley - bass, piano, vocals * Martin Beadle - drums, vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Any Colour * 02 One For The Mocking Bird * 03 I've Been In Love Before * 04 Life In A Dangerous Time * 05 Fear Of Falling * 06 (I Just Died) In Your Arms * 07 Don't Look Back * 08 Sahara * 09 It Shouldn't Take Too Long * 10 The Broadcast

WEBLINKS: cuttingcrew.biz


Background
I saw a good description of this band on the Net somewhere.. 'three Englishman, a Canadian, and one of the notorious pop anthems of all time!' Couldn't have said it better myself. We wind the clock back to 1985, Van Eede and MacMichael (a transplanted Canadian living in the UK) put together a bunch of demos that secured them a contract with Richard Branson's Virgin label. And so 1986 rolled in and Cutting Crew became a hit in the USA by years end and into 1987, with their hit single 'I Just Died In Your Arms' - which went No#1 just about everywhere. But was 'Broadcast' a one-hit wonder? Certainly not..


The Songs
Yes, the aforementioned 'I Just Died In Your Arms' went to No#1 in the USA and No#4 in the UK during 1987, but the band had success with other tracks too. 'I've Been In Love Before' went to No#9 while 'One For The Mockingbird' made it into the Top 40. The latter track was a harder-hitting affair, somewhat akin to Simple Minds and the under-appreciated UK melodic rockers The Fountainhead. Taking no offence from all the songs that followed on, opener 'Any Colour' is still one of my favourites, as is the AOR-tastic 'It Shouldn't Take Too Long'. The pairing of 'Sahara' and 'The Broadcast' meander too much for my liking, as the British are prone to do with their music on occasion. On other songs they take on a Marillion like style, albeit a super-commercial flavour thereof.


In Summary
It wasn't until 1989 that Cutting Crew released their second album. Surely a critical business mistake, because by the then the world had forgotten about them, and their career just passed them by. Not that 'The Scattering' was any good, but their five minutes in the sun was up, and someone else was now standing on the pedestal. They ventured into the 90's with 'Compus Mentus' being their third release in 1992. However, the band succumbed to industry invisibility and broke up in 1993. None of the band members did much in the intervening years. MacMichael passed away in 2002 of lung cancer. Van Eede reformed Cutting Crew in 2005, and he released a new album 'Grinning Souls' in 2006 with a completely new line-up.


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#1 | jeffrey343 on January 01 1970 01:00:00
I've always liked 'I Just Died In Your Arms Tonight'. It still gets played a LOT in the Dallas area on the couple of radio stations that play a mix of pop/rock from the 80s onward, and I've never changed the station when it comes on. I did listen to the whole CD on Rhapsody a month ago for the the first time. Aside from the other single I had heard before ('I've Been In Love Before'), I found this to be a good but not great album. Maybe it too will grow on me.
#2 | Eric on November 09 2007 21:29:59
This album cover was a lot sharper looking than it's American counterpart.
#3 | Vincenzo on November 10 2007 13:16:41
My compliments George for this review. This album is a lost AOR gem completely misunderstood and understated by many AOR fans. Unworthy and rebukable the pseudo-cover by Mika of the classic '(I Just Died) in your arms' called Take It Easy - Relax (bah!). Returning at the contents of the album...bhe, for me is an excellent works with great songs and 'deluxe-hitech' songwriting.
#4 | george_the_jack on June 18 2008 15:29:26
I've always hated this..'superhit'.Just a radio friendly love ballad ideally crafted for couples under the moonlight Smile Sorry to say.
#5 | rostoned on June 18 2008 17:22:43
I rate 'I Just Died In Your Arms Tonight' and 'I've Been In Love Before' as two of THE BEST pop rock singles of the 80's, especially the second which is way less famous in Europe than THAT other first single, which soap star/pop poseur Mika cloned last year for his song 'Relax (Take It Easy)'. Fantastic 'two-shot' band!
#6 | super80boy on August 22 2015 16:07:31
Simple yet stylistic arrangements that fell into a mainstream rock gray area, where there was tinges of new wave but also AOR flexing. Yes, 'I Just Died In Your Arms' has been played to death and this foursome were tailor made for FM radio/MTV, but one only needs to investigate a bit further into Broadcast to find other viable songs that never saw radio exposure…but should have.
#7 | gdazegod on August 23 2015 00:42:44
They are in Australia in a couple of weeks, as part of a classic rock circuit.
 
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