Sport Of Kings - This City In Darkness
From the EP "On a Tall Building," 1981
Their affection for Joy Division was far too obvious, and their lyrics were perhaps embarassingly earnest, but what the hell does that matter to a seventeen-year-old? This was another record mail-ordered for cheap (in the mid-late 80s there were piles of this 12" in Midwestern record shops for $1.99) that wormed it's way into my teenage heart ca. 1983. All of the rules suggest that this record should suck at this late date, but, paradoxically, the qualities referred to above have given the item a warmth that has allowed it to age rather well; I ripped it the other day for iPod purposes and was surprised to find that all four of the songs still worked to varying degrees, at least for me.
Information about Sport of Kings (the band) is kind of hard to come by (meaning I found no good leads during the 45 seconds I spent researching them online), but they were almost certainly from Chicago, and I'm thinking that they eventually hooked up with the Wax Trax Records dance mo-sheen, releasing at least one more 12" that I can still see in my mind's eye. I believe it was called "Parade."
By the way, speaking of UK-sounding US bands, does anyone have a song from an old Trouser Press flexi called "Not Even For a Minute?" I'm thinking the band's name started with the letter "L."