I’m delving into the world of the single! I’ll buy a 7”, 12” or CD single every week and post my findings here. Who knows what musical discoveries will be made?
When I started my weekly single hunt I had imagined I would pick up singles of the songs that I like but don’t like enough to buy full albums to get. You know… stuff like Bronski Beat, Men at Work, Mental as Anything, Cutting Crew, John Farnham, Mr. Mister, Cliff Richard… all that kind of stuff. (In fact, Cliff’s Wired for Sound is actually the Single of the Week Holy Grail. Any time I go into a shop and leave without it feels like a failure.)
This week I decided to rummage around in Missing Record’s crusty 50p cheapo section to see if I could find any nice surprises. I ended up with Survivor’s Burning Heart on 7”.
This is the awesome theme tune from Rocky IV and, for my money, a superior track to the more well-known Eye of the Tiger (the Survivor track that graced Rocky III). It’s the kind of simmering, brooding Pop-Rock that makes me pine for the 80s and lyrics such as “When his body says stop, his spirit cries… never!” will make this single essential listening before I head out to Badminton for the weekly grudge match with EvaOverload.
The B-Side is a live version of another Survivor track, Feels Like Love, a song I’d never heard before. It reminds me of Raised on Radio-style Journey, which is no bad thing, but it gets to the guitar solo and then sticks. But that’s no big deal. I wasn’t looking for rare B-Sides with this purchase. It’s the heroic, montage-friendly A-Side, awesome cover and 50p price tag that make this a winner!