Album review

The Very Best Of The Tube - Universal TV

It's the 20th anniversary—already—of the groundbreaking TV pop show where enigmatic New Order vocalist Barney once furrowed his brow, stared at Paula Yates' arse and said to me: "Cor, I wouldn't half mind shagging that." Ah, melancholy '80s indieland, where the boys were poets and the girls were, if they had any gumption at all, somewhere else having a life. A splendid 37-track compilation this, as much for Wham! and Frankie as for Echo And The Bunnymen, Iggy Pop, U2, The Human League and The Jam. You'll be succumbing to the beat surrender, sparing us the cutter and hungry like the wolf. Whether you'll be investigating "The Politics Of Dancing" with Re-Flex is less certain.

Rating: 4 / 10


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