City – Lord of the Universe

Lord of the Universe
1987 (no label)
North Devon, England, United Kingdom

Julian Tewkesbury – lead and backing vocals, guitar, bass
Rachel Warrilow – Keyboards and backing vocals
Alexa Aggett – Bass and backing vocals
Steve Spittle – Drums and backing vocals

Side 1:

  1. Streetlight
  2. You Broke Down the Walls
  3. Lord of the Universe
  4. Tomb Breaker
  5. Sunshine

Side 2:

  1. Enemy
  2. Angie
  3. Why Did It Take So Long?
  4. Without You
  5. Think It Over

My first guess based on the cover was prog-rock. But the style of this demo is not really prog – more like keyboard-based 80s hard rock. Some songs, like “You Broke Down the Walls,” leans towards new wave/power pop. Other songs, like “Lord of the Universe,” are hard rock rompers. Seems that four of these songs were written in 1983, and the rest in 1987. The scan above doesn’t really fully capture the metallic nature of the cover. It looks pretty cool in real life.

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