I sometimes feel TSC were often overlooked in the 80's, sadly maybe due to the principal songwriter's changing career from his previous band.
From 1977 - 82, Paul Weller was a serious young man, not really smiling just creating some of the most energetic,influential music of all time, but from 83 - 89 he became less serious, adding humour, soul and fun with TSC, ably co-coordinated by Mick Talbot.
That previous band ceased whilst at their peak and this new career direction evolved into the soulful, political and much more pop venture The Style Council.
Some band's simply run their course before they and their audience grow tired and like the TSC leave us with some wonderful music to reflect on.
83' was a great year for music, the wonderful and charming debut 'Speak Like A Child' soulful and catchy, the political follow up 'Money Go Round' then the summer track of all summer tracks, 'Long Hot Summer' perfect radio music to unwind too then the wonderful 'Solid Bond In Your Heart'.
The lovely 'You're the best thing' came from the diverse and jazzy LP 'Cafe Bleu' and was a summer song for 84' before TSC
peaked at around the 'Our Favourite Shop' period, tracks 'The Lodgers' and the much criticized but in my opinion the comically and charming 'Come to Milton Keynes', which had a wonderful video.
Even the last few years of TSC produced some lovely singles in
'Wanted' , 'How she through it all away' so we are left with a lovely snapshot of the 80's
I suggest alongside purchasing this CD, try the DVD 'The Style Council on film' it just is a nice companion to the collection here and shows how Paul Weller and Mick Talbot let their hair down and just enjoyed themselves.