The Mighty Lemon Drops is a band that I kinda admired from a distance. And my admiration for them traveled a long, winding road….
I remember buying a locally (I think) produced compilation tape called “Different Tribes” way back in my teens. I bought it mainly because Terry Hall‘s cover of “Windmills of Your Mind” was there. Although I knew some of the songs included – and almost instantly I have grown to love all of the other songs included such as Generation X‘s “Kiss Me Deadly” and Stiff Little Fingers‘ little play/homage to the Sex Pistols called “Crap on the Radio”. What I find weird at least now is that it included not one, but two songs by the Mighty Lemon Drops: “Inside Out” and “Out of Hand”. Of course, I already knew those songs prior to my purchase of said compilation. But repeated listening made me love them.
Fast-forward to this morning when I finally got to listen to their best-of compilation, “Rollercoaster”. That’s when I found out they were also responsible for a long-lost but never forgotten track called “Into the Heart of Love”. It’s a song that I have always found myself singing over the years. That catchy and heart-wrenching chorus of “It’s my decision….” would ring in my ears from time to time for absolutely no reason at all. Imagine my surprise when I actually heard it again this morning. I already found the intro guitar theme familiar. But it was when that chorus came in that I almost floated away! (This experience very much ties in with my post below about Spotify.)
Now, I can’t get enough of the Mighty Lemon Drops. I’ll probably end up listening to them again tomorrow morning. It also helps that the other sixteen songs I didn’t know are also very good.
On another note – I was beginning to listen to “The Feeding of the 5000” by Crass before I switched to Lemon Drops. I just found The Feeding a bit of a heavy listen for the Lenten Season. Several seconds into the first song alone and I just had to stop. Maybe another day. I’m glad I decided to listen to the Mighty Lemon Drops instead, though. It’s one of the best decisions I’ve made. Yes, it’s my decision!