Was thinking about doing a thread like this a couple of days back before Mrbellows neglected singer-songwriters thread beat me to the punch and pushed me into it.
Reason why I was considering such a thread was that after years of never having given the band a second thought I suddenly had an overwhelming urge to hear Be Bop Deluxe doing Panic in the World and Life in the Air Age.
Remember my 20-year old self being well impressed when I saw them live (certainly enthused enough to buy Live in The Air Age anyway). Unfortunately for Mr Nelson and his bandmates, they were one of those acts who never really seemed to transform critical kudos into any kind of real commercial traction. Same seems to have applied to Bill Nelson’s subsequent post-BBD career in first Red Noise and then solo.
A two CD best-of being the most affordable option on discogs, I finally scratched my Bill Nelson itch and found about eight killer tracks out of the approx 40 spread over the two discs.