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Standing On Ceremony

Figures On a Beach

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A fantastic, forgotten album

It’s a shame Sire records didn’t know what they had on their hands with these guys. They figured it out for their next album but this one didn’t get half the support it deserved. The crime was in Sire neglecting to officially release it on CD. “No Stars” would be included on a few compilations but otherwise it was only released on vinyl and cassette - thus it fell off the radar quickly as the years went by. The band were more influenced by New Wave beats in their previous life but turned down the keyboards a bit to let the guitars shine. Chris Ewen’s keyboards and Anthony Kaczynski’s voice were already in fine form but it was John Rolski’s guitars and Perry Tell’s basswork that took a leap forward to make this a great album. Tell’s basslines were slinky one moment, harsh and percussive the next – making Michael Smith’s drum work better by collaboration. Most of the songs have aged well and don’t suffer from the over-production the late eighties spawned. Ivan Ivan’s strength as a producer and remixer of more dance-related material is obvious on “Feel the Mood” and “Rhythm” but otherwise downplayed. Outside of the better known “No Stars” the dark anthem “Delirium” and guitar blasting “Angels Working Overtime” are standouts. At going on almost 20 years old it's not timeless but still a forgotten treasure worth checking out.

brilliant album, skipped cd, now on iTunes

i cannot believe this is here. i wore thru my friend karen's cassette tape of this amazing release. mostly the song, "delirium". i saw these guys play in columbia, mo in 1989. so happy to see this is here. just made my day!

Biography

Formed: 1982

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s

A Michigan dance-pop band (1983-1989), they were known...
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