Altered Images had somehow pulled off the feat of maintaining a fair degree of street cred with the serious music critics while moving ever closer to being a pure pop band. Things changed however, in May 1982 with the release of the sixth single and second album.
The patchy debut album had been given the benefit of the doubt thanks to the brilliance of its few high points but no such slack was cut for Pinky Blue. Eleven songs in all of which only the already released singles were up to the mark.
The album’s release was supported by the issuing of the title track as the band’s latest 45. It did manage to spend six weeks in the charts but without really making an impact on the record buying public as it never got higher than #35. Once again, it was released in 7″ and 12″ editions:-
mp3 : Altered Images – Pinky Blue
mp3 : Altered Images – Think That It Might (Dance Mix)
mp3 : Altered Images – Pinky Blue (dance mix)
mp3 : Altered Images – Jump Jump / Think That It Might (Segued Dance Mix)
Not only was the quality of the A-side disappointing but the b-sides simply took tracks from the parent album and gave then the re-mix treatment…with the seven inch single featuring an instrumental version. It was, overall, a release with very little imagination applied and all-in-all a bitter disappointment.
The one small mercy is that the 12″ version of Pinky Blue comes in at less than five minutes and so the torture ends quickly enough. Oh and I suppose a second small mercy is that the cover version of Song Song Blue (originally written and released by Neil Diamond) wasn’t issued in the UK as a 45….that was left to the poor people of Holland and Germany who received no comfort or joy from the b-side being See You Later, another sub-standard track from the LP.
Drastic action was needed if Altered Images were to maintain their place at the higher echelon of the pop hierarchy.