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Terry Hall - Unsung Genius.
Of course, his fans know about his genius, it's just that the wider public prefer to worship untalented, vain, media-concocted, X-Factor karaoke stars. Rather than risk being moved by genuine talent.
I am not ready to put him in the same class as Springsteen or Bowie. I do not possess too many of his albums compared to some artists but, wow , how many great songs has he been a part of? Songs that move me....
Terry Hall has always been a "Pop" star, rather than a "rock" star. He always wrote and sung pop songs. Before "Pop" became a dirty word. Before "pop" meant 'kids music'. "Pop" is short for popular, and in the 1980's, Terry Hall was in some of the biggest pop bands in Britain. And he collaborated with other pop stars such as Bananarama. He also wrote with Jane Wiedlin of the Go Go's and Ian Broudie of The Lightning Seeds.
Some of the songs were political, some were love songs, some discussed difficult social issues.
Oh, how I wish pop bands these days wrote songs like this.
Remember, this was pop music once. The likes of Pulp and Blur did this later on - but they were still back in the 1990's. Where are these types of bands today?