1984 this came out and I remember being transfixed by the whole album (even though I played the boisterous side 2 first - typical Factory, the labels were round the wrong bloody way!). 26 years later and this still ranks as one of my top 10 albums (out of the 3000 that I own)
One of my all-time favorite opening tracks--even if it fails as an opener, because it's easily the best song on the album. (Don't blow your wad in the first five minutes and make the next forty seem like warm-ups, eh?) Ultimately, this song is just a slow build-up to a (very satisfying) crescendo--but it's sneaky, with a misleading, maze-like structure. Every minute or two it seems to be taking you off in another direction, and it's only clear what's going on in retrospect. It's begins like an ambient synth piece (the first minute) and cloaks itself in the guise of an instrumental track (the second and third minutes) and a desultory pop song (the fourth minute) before revealing that it's all for the sake of one massive, satisfying payoff (the last minute), which is all the more affecting for the detours that made the ending unpredictable. Surprising and aglow.