Hey, so it's still polarizing
I have to admit I rather like it - almost anything with this throbbing synth bass at a brisk pace tends to sound good to me. Moreover, I like their first album, too! There was this synth ballad "Atari Baby", which is very good, among other stuff. But yes, hype overshadowed everything else. Watching "Love Missile" video now it's admittedly a bit cringeworthy.
Gambo's right in that Degville is the last of the New Romantic crowd to have a hit. Still touring, and seemingly much more confident in his musical prowess
Though to write all band members off is a bit harsh, as Tony James is constantly praised in Billy Idol's recent memoir (by the way, one of the most pretentiously-written autobiogs I've ever read! Certainly didn't expect that), and Neal X (Whitmore) in the 1990s went on to work with Marc Almond, who has lots of nice things to say about him. Also, as we see, Bowie himself covered "Love Missile" so they had at least several high-profile fans
But yeah, they didn't do themselves any favours
Now, next one is much, much less controversial. Here's what critics had to say about this song: "You can listen to this record as many times as you want and still not have any strong impressions that human beings actually made it. In other words, it's the perfect disco record". Let's see how it fares here