Product Code: 883 797 1
Artist: Style Council ‎
Origin: New Zealand
Label: Polydor (1986)
Format: 12 inch 45 rpm
Availability: In Stock
Cover: VG+
Record: VG+
Genre: Funk , Pop , Rock , Soul , Stage and Screen U

Have You Ever Had It Blue

Very smart clean vinyl with a nice cover.

The Style Council's contribution to Julien Temple's 1986 musical version of Colin MacInnes' novel Absolute Beginners (earlier the inspiration for a classic Jam single) was their last truly interesting single, and even it has undeniable echoes of a few songs from the previous year's Internationalists, particularly "With Everything To Lose" and "All Gone Away." A horn arrangement by Gil Evans opens the song with an authentically cool jazz nod to the novel's time period, but the song itself has more of a bossa nova feel, with its subtle Latin percussion and Dee C. Lee's Astrud Gilberto-like wordless backing vocals. Still, it's a richly melodic tune, and the end of Paul Weller's continental jazz-pop persona. From here it was the miserable genre-exploitation of the last few Style Council records and a diminishing-returns solo career.