Wednesday, September 14, 2011

#42 Ian Gomm "Hold On" 1979

In the fall of 1979, former Brinsley Schwarz rhythm guitarist ( and co writer with Nick Lowe of "Cruel to Be Kind") Ian Gomm had a Top 20 US hit with this terrific tune. Nothing beats a bass that tumbles its way into the tune. Gomm's chart success led to his opening for Dire Straits on their Sultans of Swing tour, more albums and high expectations for a solo career that never really took off.
  But at a time when US radio offered few alternatives to disco (other than The Knack and Styx), it was nice to hear something that involved strumming guitars.The sax line I could have done without.

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