Oh this seems to be a good way of lifting the black cloud that’s been hanging above this blog for a few days.
The next single from TSC to feature in this series was another well-deserved hit, reaching #6 in the charts in October 1984:-
mp3 : The Style Council – Shout To The Top
It was released in 7″ and 12″ (the respective sleeves are pictured above). It had all the hallmarks of an upbeat jaunty TSC single but this time with added strings.
The reverse of the sleeves indicated a few causes that the band thought were worth drawing attention to:-
– No! To the abolition of the GLC & local councils
– Yes! To the thrill of the romp
– Yes! To the Bengali Workers Association
– Yes! To a nuclear-free world
– Yes! To all involved ion animal rights
– Yes! To fanzines
– Yes! To Belief
The single came out in the midst of an ongoing and increasingly embittered national strike by the National Union of Miners with the UK becoming an increasingly polarised country in terms of politics and Paul Weller was firmly nailing his colours to the mast of those on the left of centre. The video for Shout To The Top featured paintings representing the strike and again left no viewer in doubt which side the band were on…
There’s no difference in the versions available on 7″ and 12″ and this was the common b-side:-
mp3 : The Style Council – The Ghosts of Dachau
A haunting ballad about the horrors of a Nazi concentration camp, it was as far removed from the jauntiness of the a-side as can be imagined.
There were two other tracks on the 12″
mp3 : The Style Council – Shout To The Top (instrumental)
mp3 : The Style Council – The Piccadilly Trail
The latter is a slow-paced number that was about as dull a b-side as the band had released up to this point in their career.