If the name sounds Tolkien-esque, that’s because it is. They were first called Silmarillion after 1977’s posthumously published work. However, the group wisely decided to drop the Sil- bit to avoid any issues with the great man’s estate.
As for this single, it was easily the band’s most successful one although as more of an albums group that’s hardly saying a tremendous amount. It’s Fish’s song lyrically – he meant it as a way to say sorry to all the girls whose hearts he had broken in pursuit of his career as a rock star. The melody was written by the rest of the band. It was released in May 1985 and first made it into the UK singles chart in the w/e 18 May. I bought it on 7 June as it was hurtling towards the number 2 spot – it was only The Crowd’s rendition of You’ll Never Walk Alone that prevented it making number 1.
It’s a wonderful song, very evocative of the decade and as befits such a great song it spent a total of 14 weeks in the UK singles chart, half of which were spent in the top ten.