Simply Red’s phenomenal popularity has easily established them as one of the biggest British bands of all time. Exploding into public renown in 1986 with their US No.1 hit Holding Back The Years, the band’s enduring success owed much to their flame-haired frontman, Mick Hucknall, whose smooth vocals and elegant songwriting ensured that the best Simply Red songs straddled the lines between soul, pop and R&B. Loved by the record-buying public thanks to best-selling albums such as 1991’s Stars, the group’s timeless blend of jazz-tinged dance-pop and soulful love ballads speaks for itself.
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20: Thrill Me (from ‘Stars’, 1992)
After talking for years about wanting to head in a more jazz-inspired direction, Mick Hucknall worked with Fritz McIntyre to craft Thrill Me, a jazz-funk jam featuring a jaunty piano intro and Ian Kirkham’s exquisitely vivid sax. As the fourth single to be plucked from Simply Red’s most successful album, Stars, Thrill Me boasted a memorable music video featuring concert footage of the group at the height of their early 90s fame. As Mick Hucknall struts around the stage to the song’s impeccably arranged groove, you can almost sense what the atmosphere must have been like capturing Thrill Me in the studio. Recorded in Venice, Italy, it evokes all the romance of a couple gliding along the canals on a gondola.