When I could scrape together the money, I got Reproduction, but it was a disappointment. What seemed like an age later they split and re-formed with girls who could barely sing, and made an album that was such a sell-out I gave up on them, disgusted. I went to see them, very close to Christmas in 1981, when they were number one with ‘Don’t You Want Me’. I was still disgusted, and refused to enjoy myself watching them at their peak.
Looking back, I was wrong, and obviously Dare is a classic in a different light. It’s still not quite for me, though I’m very fond of ‘Open Your Heart’ and 'Love Action'.
Whenever this pops on a playlist it takes me right back. Aged about fourteen, putting a record on I had heard of only by reputation. This, the first track, and ‘WXJL Tonight’ the closing track are timeless classics.