I’m curious as to how many of you are familiar with The Silencers. A show of hands please..one, two , three, four… oh, I see a few more in the back, not bad! Plus I know a few of our friends from Scotland know of them! That’s where they call home.
This one is a little more obscure here in the States. This album was released in 1987. “Painted Moon” actually did get some play. To me though, the title cut, “A Letter From St. Paul” was the song not to miss.
You can hear most of this one below. If you can’t give this entire album a listen at least check out that one. What’s my prediction? You’ll then go back and listen from the beginning because you’ll want to hear more.
What genre do they fit in? Without trying to pigeonhole I’d toss them loosely into the “New Romantics” genre, but barely. Who could they be compared to? The name I see the most is Simple Minds. I’ve also read Del Amitri as a comparative sound. Maybe a little bit of Big Country in there as well. More than a little Modern English and a little Talk Talk. U2, no not really. No, I take that back. I can hear a little bit of “Edge” in track three, “Bullet and Blue Eyes.”
Just to show how many people think this is good stuff? I just checked eBay. The cheapest you can find the CD right now is $70!
The band is still around and putting out some fine music. Make sure you listen to at least a little of this. I really think you’ll like it. Let us know below!
The Silencers, A Letter From St. Paul peaked at #147 on the Billboard Top 200 Album chart.
- “Painted Moon”
- “I Can’t Cry”
- “Bullet And Blue Eyes”
- “God’s Gift”
- “I See Red”
- “I Ought To Know”
- “A Letter From St. Paul”
- “Blue Desire”
- Charles Burns Guitar
- Joe Donnelly Bass
- Martin Hanlin Drums
- Jimme O’Neill Guitar, Vocals
- Official Silencers Website
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