Love and Rockets

So Alive

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"So Alive," along with Prince's "Cream," ranks as one of the best T. Rex homages ever created - both songs have the same sly, understated kick of Marc Bolan at its best, where simplicity didn't mean lack of quality in the slightest. That the song ended up as a smash American hit must have taken the group more than a little by surprise, but in retrospect it's easy to why it - with the help of an endlessly on MTV video that year - was such a monster. Daniel Ash's lyrics about an object of desire might not be the deepest ever written, but his seeming diffidence and sly purr - very much a Bolan turn - combines with a great chorus (backed by soul singers apparently taking time off from recording The Dark Side of the Moon) for great results. The arrangement is as stripped-down as one could want aside from a gentle keyboard adding a bit of extra punctuation here and there, the three performers finding a good straight up delivery and sticking to it.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Love and Rockets 1989 Beggars Banquet 4:15
Sounds of the Eighties: 1989 1995
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 4:14
90's Now, Vol. 2 1997
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 4:15
Hits of the 80's [Columbia River] 1998
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group 4:14
Sexy '80s 1998
Various Artists
Delta Distribution 4:15
Number Ones: The 80's 1998
Various Artists
Simitar Distribution 4:15
Sanctuary [MCA] 1998
Various Artists
MCA 4:13
90's Now, Vol. 1-3 1998
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 4:15
Holy Fool 1998 Red Ant 7:51
'80s Pop Hits 2001
Various Artists
Compose Records 4:12
Top Groups of the Eighties 2001
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group 4:14
Sorted! The Best Of 2003 4AD / Beggars Banquet 3:46
Modern Rock Number 1's 2007
Various Artists
Hip-O 3:47
5 Albums 2013 Beggars Banquet 4:16