Police – Zenyatta Mondatta

Police - Zenyatta MondattaThis album may be a little more mainstream to some, as it sports such relative hits as “Don’t Stand So Close To Me” and the catchy “De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da”, but the non-singles are more examples of the genius of the group in their earlier days. “Man In A Suitcase” is one of my all-time favorite Police tunes for some reason I’ve never quite been able to put a finger on. I have to rate Regatta de Blanc higher than this album, but because of the more familiar material, it may be a more ideal 3 out of 4introduction to pre-Synchronicity Police for any curious listeners out there.

  1. Don’t Stand So Close To Me (4:02)
  2. Driven To Tears (3:21)
  3. When The World Is Running Down, You Make The Best Of What’s Still Around (3:38)
  4. Canary in a Coalmine (2:27)
  5. Voices Inside My Head (3:54)
  6. Bombs Away (3:06)
  7. Order this CD De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da (4:10)
  8. Behind My Camel (2:55)
  9. Man in a Suitcase (2:20)
  10. Shadows in the Rain (5:04)
  11. The Other Way of Stopping (3:22)

Released by: A&M
Release date: 1980
Total running time: 38:19

Split Enz – True Colours

Split Enz - True ColoursThis is the album which brought Split Enz their greatest hit in America, and as such seems to be the point of origin for many fans’ interest in the band, thus it becomes a default classic. But honestly, even in the 80s the band came up with better material than this. The Neil Finn hit “I Got You” and its very similar cousin “What’s The Matter With You” are memorable, as well as Tim’s classics “I Hope I Never” and “Poor Boy”, both of which were given orchestral treatment on the later ENZSO album. My 2 out of 4personal favorite is the extremely silly “Nobody Takes Me Seriously”, an infrequently-remembered Tim tune. But much of the rest of the album, including a couple of bland instrumentals, is rather forgettable.

  1. I Got You (3:24)
  2. Shark Attack (2:52)
  3. What’s The Matter With You (3:02)
  4. Double Happy (3:15)
  5. Order this CD I Wouldn’t Dream Of It (3:14)
  6. I Hope I Never (4:26)
  7. Nobody Takes Me Seriously (3:24)
  8. Missing Person (3:32)
  9. Poor Boy (3:19)
  10. How Can I Resist Her (3:26)
  11. The Choral Sea (4:29)

Released by: A&M
Release date: 1980
Total running time: 38:23