Song of the Day, November 10: Never Never by the Assembly

AssemblyNeverToday’s song is the product of an all-star project that barely happened. When Yazoo disintegrated after the release of their brilliant second album, keyboardist Vince Clarke and producer Eric Radcliffe decided to pursue an ambitious musical adventure. They began writing songs together, anchored by Clarke’s distinctive keyboard work and Radcliffe’s crisp production sense. They intended to bring in a series of vocalists — one for each song on the putative album — hence “the Assembly”.

For their first track, they brought in Northern Irish vocalist Feargal Sharkey, late of the garage punk band the Undertones. Best known for his quavering growl, Sharkey turned in a charming, emotive vocal on this bittersweet ballad. A song of dashed hopes, Never Never is a lovely moment of synth pop.

Sadly, the title was prophetic, since the single turned out to be the only thing the Assembly ever released. Clarke went on to his biggest success with Erasure, and Sharkey mounted a solo career that showed off the vocal sophistication he began exploring with the Assembly.

Enjoy this quietly sad tune today.

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About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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