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Post  misery guts on Wed May 20, 2015 8:06 am

Mancunian Mick Hucknall's band evolved in the mid-80s, topped the US charts and eventually the UK one, went into remission (!) in 2010, and have now returned with a new album out soon. So, here's a few of their notable efforts:

Holding Back The Years

Money's Too Tight (To Mention)

For Your Babies

Fairground

Sunrise

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Post  misery guts on Sat May 23, 2015 11:30 am

Simply Red: Farewell - Live in Concert at Sydney Opera House
From 2010, this was an hour of oldies delivered with Mick Hucknall's typical ardent expression. It's still strange to think that Stars represented a big shift through featuring no covers. A good show, anyway, though time will tell if there are ever any more.

Simply Red - Live at Montreux 2003
Quite a long show, mixing material from across his career, but especially his then-current album. They did 2 encores, with 80s stuff in the first, then Fairground & Sunrise to finish in the 2nd. Quite a fun showcase, really.
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Post  misery guts on Tue Jun 23, 2015 11:18 am

Discovering: Simply Red
Short continuation of the series, covering Mick Hucknall's rise from tragedy, his determination and versatility, changing through soul and reggae and R&B as the years pass. A good counterpoint to the recent release of his first new album since their reformation.

Classic Albums: Stars (Simply Red)
Encapsulating the change in the band from their early success to a more professional and perhaps calculating style, typified by the use of multi-instrumentalist Gota Yashiki replacing the existing drummer and others. The mix of styles on this record were enthused by producer Stewart Levine, and manager Elliot Rashman, amongst others. Lamont Dozier remains a fan, and Mick himself had a lot to say, whether you agree with him or not.
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Post  misery guts on Tue Sep 22, 2015 12:13 pm

The "Big Love" album did feature at least one good single in

The Ghost Of Love

Painting... Mick Hucknall
The Simply Red frontman manages to promote his new album as a guest on a show where he had three minor portraits done of him, before the final unveiling of the "proper" full size one (which I thought was the least interesting of the lot, but anyway). A quirky form of biography, his missing his father was a theme that cropped up repeatedly.
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Post  misery guts on Thu Feb 25, 2016 8:35 am

The Ronnie Wood Show: Mick Hucknall
Old pals working together when Mick toured as the singer in the Faces. This 2012 edition had Ronnie recalling Jimi Hendrix, Steve Marriott, Janis Joplin, John Mayall and Big Bill Broonzy. When Mick joined in, he saluted Rod Stewart and Mick Jagger as his idols. He and Ronnie were fans of Bob Dylan. Mick had an approving e-mail from Rod about him doing the Faces gig. Mick's diamond tooth was a nod to Buddy Guy. Ronnie once partied with Gregory Isaacs. Some talk about BB King, and Mick saying he hadn't seen Bob Dylan live since the 1970s (!)
Altogether a busy little show, which I've quite enjoyed this time around.
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