Album: Sparkle in the Rain
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As was portended by the lead single, “Waterfront,” Simple Minds 1984 album Sparkle in the Rain — their sixth record in five years — was their attempt to go full on “Big Music,” playing in the same world as the Waterboys, Big Country, The Alarm, and of course, U2, whose producer they used.
That producer was, of course, Steve Lillywhite — who U2 almost instantly swapped out for Brian Eno & Daniel Lanois, not coming back to him for 20 years — and he made songs like “Up on The Catwalk,” “Speed Your Love to Me” and their truncated cover of Lou Reed’s “Street Hassle” sound just fucking massive. But the most massive song of all was the penultimate track, “The Kick Inside of Me.”