Simply Red – A new flame
We are talking about the flame of Simply Red’s success. We are in July 1989, and they had released their album, with the same title “A new flame”, six months before. Since that day, the success was growing day after day. The first singles, “It’s only love” and “If you don’t know me by now“, drove this huge success. But we know they were two covers. It is also true that Mick Hucknall is a master of covers: he knows how to remain aligned with the original versions, yet he always leaves a very peculiar mark when he customizes the songs.
So, in July they release “A new flame” and they get to the top. The album is steadily at number one in the British charts, and this is the first time for Simply Red! Actually this song has everything needed to explode: fantastic music, a happy and ironic mood, gorgeous women, and of course Mick Hucknall, with his amount of energy and his enormous native talent.
There’s one thing I really admire in him: after four years from the release of “Picture book” (the album with “Money’s too tight to mention” and “Come to my aid“) and two years after “Picture book” (with “The right thing” and “Infidelity“), Mick Hucknall really grew incredibly, and in this period some members even left the group. But the sound of Simply Red and Mick’s fantastic style were really full of energy and enthusiasm like the first day!
Simply Red on Wikipedia