A Guilty Pleasure: Blancmange’s HAPPY FAMILIES

Happy Families (1982).

I have no idea what to call this type of music.  That is, how to label it or place it in a genre.  It’s pop, to be certain.   Very clever pop.  I suppose there’s some Talking Heads influence in here, but I don’t know either band well enough to say for certain.  Regardless, I love it.  I don’t pull it out of the CD rack as often as, say, CLOSE TO THE EDGE.  But, every once in a while, a cold, grey morning calls for the wonderfully cynical and yet simultaneously innocent sounds of Blancmange.  Utterly clever.

“He’s just been shopping!”



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