Chart Peak: UK 48
Another of the major British acts of the 80s struggling into the 90s. In commercial terms, they were closer to the Human League than the Pet Shop Boys - this was their lowest-charting single in the UK at the time, though they were soon able to do even worse.
I hadn't heard 'Serious' before to be honest. I was somewhat surprised at how un-80s it sounded; it was recorded in 1989 and early 1990 so they were quite quick off the mark. Instead they've come up with a jangly little thing, rather more to my liking than their typical sound. Nice punchy drumming too. Even more surprisingly, Simon Le Bon sings the chorus "It doesn't have to be serious", which is rather the opposite of the sentiment I usually associate with them. Mostly they seem quite self-important, which makes this lighter moment one of their most pleasant.
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Charting 1997: 27th December
4 years ago