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Shane’s Music Challenge: THE POWER STATION – 1985 – The Power Station

| 4 April 2014 | Reply

Shane’s Music Challenge: THE POWER STATION – 1985 – The Power Station
5.5/10

The Power Station - The Power Station cover

The Power Station gathered together Robert Palmer, all dripping with sauvé, 2/5’s of Duran Duran’s sexy pop hunks in the unrelated Taylor guitarist and bass combo, and Chic’s funkycool drummer Tony Thompson, mixed it up with a topically hip Miami Vice pastel-and-suits aesthetic and folded in some cooler-than-thou video clips to complement their funk-lite pop-rock.

It’s not too bad – certainly less dated than it might deserve to be in fact, but nothing equals the big singles Some Like It Hot and T-Rex re-imagining Get It On.

Mostly, what it did was prove the Durannie boys could rock a bit, Andy Taylor especially, but despite trying hard to appear edgy and genre-defying, it cannily adheres to the radio rules of the day and never gets too out there. Can’t blame ‘em though – it paid off in spades, spending 23 weeks in the US chart and climbing up to #12.

Palmer refused to tour the album, instead using this album’s success to boost his solo career with his own megahit Riptide, leaving The Power Station to call on Michael Des Barres for the tour, though Palmer would return a decade later for the follow-up album.

By Shane Pinnegar

 

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