Title - 'Drowning in Berlin: The Best of Mobiles'
Artist - Mobiles
The Mobiles were a British 1980's synthpop band, whose existence was notable for their one major hit single in early 1982, with the song 'Drowning in Berlin.' Indeed, it reached #9 on the UK Singles Chart. Sadly, the follow-up single 'Amour, Amour' reached only #45 in the UK, but the band have continued to have a substantial European following.
In all honesty, quite why the Mobiles never had any commercial success beyond their first single is, well, beyond me! That one song was incredible, perfect for the time, perfect for the charts, and showed a woman could do what the guys were doing all around her re: Japan, Ultravox, Visage, etc. But even with all their attractive melodies and gifted hooks, this female-led New Romantic band just couldn't break out from their one hit wonder status over the years.
This comprehensive one disc reissue features their best-known hit (!) plus other lesser known bonus tracks. And so is a true must-have for all fans of the Mobiles. The album starts with the hit single, of course 'Drowning In Berlin,' and continues on with 'Better Late Than Never,' the follow up single 'Amour, Amour,' and then comes 'Fear,' 'Long Time,' 'Climbing Frame,' 'Partners In Fiction,' 'Struth,' and then adds both 'Tamarind Man' and 'You're Not Alone.'
The bonus tracks included then begin, and start with 'Amour, Amour (Reprise),' 'Tiptoe In Paradise,' 'Skeleton Dance,' 'Snow Man,' a simply weird, and yet intriguing 'Build Me Up Buttercup,' the b-side 'Don't Pay The Axeman,' and then comes into the final musical bend with 'Pictures In The Dark,' 'Amour, Amour (Extended Version),' and 'Fear (Remix).'
And with all Cherry Red CD booklets, Drowning In Berlin also encompasses comprehensive packaging, with track by track liner notes from bass player David Blundell, a history, interviews with the bandís one-time record label manager, numerous photographs and a complete discography.
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