I had the song in my UK Dummies Countdown. That album got played all the time in college, but I never really dove deeper. I’ve enjoyed their inclusion in this exercise.
my SLAM-DUNK numero uno from this lot ... there are one more coming up that are absolutely mind blowing, yes - but this one hit me in '86 like a sock fulla jack hammers.
they did grimy/sleazy/filthy/decadent/sludgy c0ck rock so well at their peak that they made Jagger look like Morrissey in comparison.
but "AtS" is such complete maturation - the boys done growed up ... sure, there were snippets of their burgeoning transformation prior to this, but no band/artist from London Class of '77 ever made my jaw drop with something this shimmering and luscious - not even the ModFather can touch this.
these (once) foul moufed yobs just knocked this melody and vibe out the park - the synth hit after the "Always The Sun" lyric passage in the chorus ( der ner ner nerr nerrrr ) still sends the shiver.
bonus for this being the exact slice of the song that were playing during the most gorgeous 20 seconds of me life.