Song of the day: Utopia – "Play This Game"

As you know, this is supposedly an Australian power pop blog. Supposedly. As you may also know, I occasionally veer off into decidedly different directions. This occurs for a variety of reasons (“I’m easily distracted” would be near the top of the list), and I’m afraid that today is another one of those veering-off days.

Here’s non-Australian band Utopia with the excellent* first track on their dreadful* album POV:

Utopia – “Play This Game” (1985)

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Chronic album buyer confession time: I bought the album in 1985 purely for that song. I heard “Play This Game” playing over the loudspeakers in a record store (remember them?) when the album was released and loved the song so much after just one hearing that I plonked down the money for the album there and then without hearing a note of any of the other tracks. When I got home and played the whole album, my heart sank. I was aghast at how much I adored “Play This Game” and how much I abhorred the other tracks. Ah, well. C’est la vie. But I still think “Play This Game” is great.

(*To me, that is. You may have opposing views about the song and album.)

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