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As Always, the Crucial, Defininitive Cut Isn't Here
on January 10, 2002
Why, why, why is there always the one, definitive cut left off of the "Best of" disc? Beats me, but there were a few songs besides "London Calling" and "This Year's Girl" that signalled the end of the endless, interminable era of Burkhart-Abrams dominated radio (they were the nasty radio tyrants who were determined to make sure you never heard The Police, REM or Blondie on American radio. They programmed the bulk of commercial radio with "Free Bird" and "Stairway to Heaven" with the notion that U2 and all that other "punk crap" was a soon-forgotten fad).One of these songs was called "All For You" by a cool but obscure European band called Simple Minds. The song incorporated the attitude, grind and instrumentation that would inspire a new generation to eschew day jobs, embrace the D.I.Y. lifestyle and sport "F**K ART, LET'S DANCE" tee shirts. It's not here, although, commendably, "Life In A Day" is. Bummer, though. So close.