May 1986 saw the release of So, and within three months the album and its singles had topped the charts in both the UK and USA. Sledgehammer was both a huge hit musically and as a video, charting new territory in the relationship between contemporary film and video work, and music.
"I think part of the reason So worked so well was that the band was really firing off each other, we had a great sound and production team and it was sort of compact in a way, in the process and in the way it was put together."
"Sledgehammer was obviously a big track from that record and that was in part homage to the music that I grew up with you know, I loved Soul Music, Blues Music and that was a chance to work with you know, some of the brass players that have worked with Otis Reading, who was, he was my all time favourite singer and it was a fun thing to do but again around a great groove and a good feel."
"Red Rain is one of my favourite tracks too from that record and is a good example of a band playing together with a lot of energy."