However, I'm going with three artists, two who are no longer together, who really ramped up my enthusiasm as heavy metal music was taking a nosedive and I was turning to other styles of music throughout my collegiate years. Quicksand were still pretty damned heavy and their methodic, slow-rolling Slip album is evidence how minimalist aggression can be a powerful, emotive thing. It's one of my all-time favorite records and "Fazer" is as good a lead track as any ever put down.
I really miss the hell of Lush. The UK alternative scene was monster and though I was a late comer to it in the late eighties, I fell in love with this act as they were able to take the shoegazing ether of Ride, My Bloody Valentine and to certain latitudes, The Cure, and frequently turn a melodic dime. "For Love" is Lush's most accessible tune, even though they strove for a pop-fused blend of punk following their stellar Spooky album. The ploy worked, but they were gone as fast as they ascended, sadly due to circumstances beyond them.
Sade, what else needs be said? A divine diva if there ever was one. Her classy style of soul and jazz hit immediate resonance with me as I started trolling through rap and R&B in this same period of personal music exploration. I was raised on sixties and seventies soul from my mother, and Sade was the first artist to capture me like those classic singers of yesteryear did, even if her style is nothing like them. "No Ordinary Love" is, for me, one of the top five sexiest songs ever laid down. The smooth operator was hardly masculine; it was Sade herself, if you take my intent.
Quicksand - "Fazer"
Lush - "For Love"
Sade - "No Ordinary Love"