Sunday, 28 April 2013

Five Star Songs: The Teardrop Explodes- Passionate Friend

"Passionate Friend" was released in 1981 and was the first single from the The Teardrop Explodes second and last album, Wilder.

News came this week that the seminal 80's post punk band will be reissuing Wilder in a two disc CD set. The first disc will contain the original eleven song album and the second disc will feature a plethora of b-sides and BBC sessions including those recorded with the legendary John Peel.

Wilder originally had a poor showing in the charts when it was originally released back in 1981 and deserves a second chance. The colourful art rock sound of the album simply didn't gain an audience.
Shortly after they concluded the tour for the album the band went through major upheaval with infighting and disagreements between members. In 1982 lead singer Julian Cope decided to leave the group and he went on to forge a successful solo career.

Wilder will come out on June 24th via Mercury/Universal Music catalogue. Look for it in record stores.

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