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The blithe and brilliant title track on Altered Images’ first album is in sharp contrast to the rest of a dark first effort for Clare Grogan and company.

The title song was cut by electronic spearhead Martin Rushent but the band hired Banshees bassist Steven Severin to produce the rest; creating an obvious contrast between lots of bass-heavy post-punk and one piece of synth-pop wedged in the centre.

The tracks are escorted by Johnny McElhone’s bass, while Severin’s instinct for gloom adroitly reduces the natural smile in Grogan’s voice to a grimace – she reverts to half-interested maverick in Real Toys and Midnight, bawling Toyahsoundalike in Leave Me Alone and off-key shower singer on the track Faithless.

Despite flopping as a single, A Days Wait is splendid, with a long intro and a melody that loosens Grogan up behind the mic. Legionnaire is odd; it’s essentially an instrumental but for some echoey la-las from Grogan, while Insects, Beckoning Strings and especially Love & Kisses are perkier. It hovered in mid-table on the album chart for most of its 21 weeks, peaking at No.26 in 1981 and going silver, with only the title track making the singles chart.

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