Sunday, June 17, 2007

The Last Temptation of VH-1

I'm always the last to know, obviously, but I was moderately surprised to find out that the guy who sang one of the most seraphically lovely pop ballads of the 80s had gone over to the dark side of the force.

Yes, Brent Bourgeois, then of Bourgeois Tagg, is a serious Christian guy now. Which doesn't make the aforementioned "I Don't Mind at All" any less gorgeous, of course. Gloriously emotive singing, shimmering guitars, those Beatles cello flourishes...all to die for. A phenomenal Todd Rundgren production, as well -- probably his best of the 80s, with the possible exception of XTC's Skylarking. And now that YouTube's Beta version is in place you can hear it in stereo, as nature intended.

Too bad about the whole Jesus thing, though.

1 comment:

NYMary said...

That happened to the lead singer of The Smoking Popes, too. Gorgeous, lounge lizard voice over grungy guitars. But I read that he was on his way back.