This video features the original extended 80s remix of If I Was by
Brian Tench. Released in September 1985, the song was Midge Ure's first
release as a solo artist during a break from his band Ultravox,
reaching No.1 in the UK singles chart for 1 week in October.
was released as the lead single from the album The Gift, and the
track features Mark King from Level 42 playing bass guitar. The B-side
on both the 7" and 12" features an instrumental track
entitled Piano, with the 12 inch including a cover of David Bowie's The
Man Who Sold The World.
A further two singles were released from The Gift; Certain Smile which reached #28 and Wastelands which failed to break into the Top 40, stalling at #46.
Midge Ure had become a well-known musician after his work with Thin Lizzy, Ultravox and Live Aid. No doubt, this helped If I Was
to top the charts and enable his debut solo album to reach #2 in the
British album charts. My favourite is the title track itself, which
starts off sounding almost industrial before metamorphosing into a lush,
orchestral extravaganza. There are plenty of atmospheric tracks and
instrumentals on the album and the synths are used to great effect. Some
of the tracks also feature impressive guitar work and the lyrics are
pretty poetic, and the majority of tracks were written and produced by
Until I wrote this review, it had been quite a while since I had
listened to the album, and I'm very glad to have rediscovered it.
See video clips from Live Aid 1985
Vinyl single sleeve front for "If I Was"