Lloyd Cole and the Commotions lasted just five years, during which they released three magnificent albums. Not only were they a huge success in Great Britain and at home in Scotland, but they also had a huge following in the U.S.
Now, on the thirtieth anniversary of their 1984 debut album, here are the ten best songs in the Lloyd Cole catalogue.
“Brand New Friend” from Easy Pieces: This catchy tune was one of the singles from the group’s sophomore album, which proved even more accessible than its predecessor.
“Jennifer She Said” from Mainstream: This hit is best remembered for its catchy refrain of “Her name on you.”
“Perfect Skin” from Rattlesnakes: The opening number on the debut presages the bittersweet beauty that was to follow for the next five years.
“Why I Love Country Music” from Easy Pieces: The line “She and I empty wine and whiskey bottles and she writes beneath crumpled sheets,” though in the middle of this gorgeous pop song, could be a perfect fit for a classic country tune.
“Sean Penn Blues” from Mainstream: Cole labels the actor “Mr. Madonna” years before the same moniker could be placed on Jose Canseco and A-Rod.
“Ice Cream Girl” from Lloyd Cole: His eponymous solo debut had Coke picking up right where the Commotions left off, as evidenced by this tasty tune.
“Are You Ready to Be Heartbroken?” from Rattlesnakes: The song that closes the debut album left fans hoping for much more in the future, which proved to be rather brief.
“Minor Character” from Easy Pieces: This literary tune proved to be a major offering in the band’s discography.
“Undressed” from Lloyd Cole: This infectious number is so good that it would not sound out of place on Rattlesnakes or Easy Pieces.
“Charlotte Street” from Rattlesnakes: The fact that a guy scores just because he knows how to spell “audaciously” suggests all anyone needs to know about why Cole’s songwriting is so appealing.