Excerpts of the songs "Living on the Ceiling" and "Sad Day" featured on one side of a flexidisc given away free with the issue of Melody Maker dated 24 April Critical reception for Happy Families was mixed, with many reviewers feeling the album trod a sometimes unsuccessful path between experimental aspirations and commercial sensibilities.
Melody Maker stated that "touting the chalk and cheese, odd couple image, [Arthur and Luscombe]'s misfit marriage of experimentalism and unprepossessing pop was always in grave danger of belittling itself into an English Eighties parody of Sparks , parodying Joy Division , aping Depeche Mode Happy Families , their debut album, is every bit the entertaining disappointment that anyone familiar with Blancmange's nervous live shows had a right to expect Their brave schizophrenia is invariably self-defeating, their adventurously varied song treatments befuddling where a more open, honest approach could have unearthed brilliance.
There's impressive, though never overstated, drama in their delivery and winning ingenuity in their arrangements: a nicely controlled excitement Credits are adapted from the Happy Families liner notes. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Melody Maker.
Mary Mary quite contrary, How has your garden thrived? With fertilizers and chemicals? Or is it genetically modified? For want of a nail the shoe was lost. For want of a shoe the horse was lost. For want of a horse the rider was lost. Two other interesting tracks were included on the nicely packaged CD - 'Tip of my tongue' and 'If you kill my cat, I'll kill your dog' with the great lyric "I consider myself as one of your favourites". The 12" contains two rather superfluous mixes of 'She' in a very bright sleeve.
The Vegas album was released featuring a cover photograph of Terry and Dave sitting side by side on chairs looking somewhat bored. The album contains 10 tracks 11 if you read the CD label including three singles. The album is slightly patchy however the high quality of many tracks makes up for the weaker ones.
Vegas was starkly different from previous work by both Terry and Dave Stewart and therefore may have alienated many former fans. Many reviewers were critical perhaps expecting something either in the Eurythmics or Colourfield mode and not expecting to be challenged by something different. The third and final Vegas single was the sublime 'Walk into the Wind' which is totally transfixing.
Terry's vocals are amazing and the music is rather unique yet soothing. First of all, there are more songs: 20 instead of merely Hall expresses more emotion on Virgins and Philistines than he ever did with his previous groups, the Specials and Fun Boy Three. Although the album looks to the past for inspiration, it's never retro; the music is frozen in suspended animation, always fresh whenever it's heard.
The song writing and arrangements of the remainder of the album perhaps do not rise to the dizzy heights of it's 45's but it is a satisfying collection of indie pop gems. That this album is currently out of print is criminal. Like others I heard this when i was a kiddo and today it still sounds as fresh as a daisy. This really is timeless pop with songs both your Grandma and punk cousin will find acceptable. It is hard to say which singles are the best 'cos there really isn't a bad track on it, but my personal favourite is 'Sorry'.
I don't know if Terry Hall is making any money from this Asian release but in my opinion he should be given a knighthood. A Japanese version of the CD contains all the B sides which are just as good and worth tracking down. Superb acoustic sounding album, some songs with a slight latin influence a la Love.
I wish I could find this album on CD, but I don't think it exists. Feelgood,Go Go's,Yachts etc. During the recording of the album Karl Shale left during the sessions. Underneath the surface of Hall's seemingly cheerful melodies is always a bummed-out lyric or two, and he wastes no time on Deception.
While Deception is slicker than the Colourfield's debut album, Virgins and Philistines, Hall's songwriting hasn't softened; he can still tell sad stories with acid-tongued wit and a barrel full of empathy. On the haunting "Miss Texas ," Hall narrates a tale of faded beauty with deeply felt compassion. With its lovely acoustic guitars, "Miss Texas " more closely resembles the intimate sound of Virgins and Philistines than Deception's glossy production. Deception may wallow in its misery, but at least it does so with a smile on its face.
Marred by an acrimonious split in the band Toby Lyons left during the recording of the album the album was released in and I was fortunate enough to buy the album at the time, and to see the remainder of the band Raquel Welch's band I am led to believe live in Manchester just after the release of this. Ten splendid tunes including the sublime 'Miss Texas ', the poignant 'Goodbye Sun Valley' and the brilliant 'Confession'.
Buy It! In January of , the band released their first single, "The Colourfield," which just missed the Top It was followed later that summer with "Take," which didn't even come close to the Top The Colourfield had its first hit in January of , when "Thinking of You" reached number It was followed by "Castles in the Air," another failed single that preceded the release of their debut album, Virgins and Philistines, by just a few weeks.
Like the band's singles, Virgins and Philistines failed to gain a large audience for the Colourfield. The band released a second album, Deception, in the spring of During the sessions, Lyons left the band, leaving Hall to finish the album by himself; to complete the album, Hall hired Raquel Welch's band.
The trio's second single, "Ultra Modern Nursery Rhyme," didn't even chart. From the splendor of the Terry Hall tongue, this outing with Blair Booth and Anouchka is truly a great find. They blend whimsical lyrics, catchy hooks and uplifting rhythms. Terry Hall was thinking when he decided teaming up with an actress and a jeweller and coming up with this fantastic album but whatever he was thinking that time, I'm glad he did it. Sadly, no one practically took notice when this great piece of work came out.
Hall is a master of conveying the deepest emotions one can have from timely things like the ruins of a divorce. Ultra Modern Nursery Rhyme,.. Equally good is Beautiful People but the real knockout here is Missing. Missing has a real honesty in it, lyrics-wise anyways.
Quite seldom for a man to be admitting he misses a separated wife and Hall just does it with utmost truth in it. Still very visible are the traces of his prior group, The Colourfield, which also mastered melo-dramatic tunes. With the two part harmony backing vocals the album is more attuned to Fun Boy Three than any other of the Hall canon and the feminine touch makes this a very light and poppy collection.
The arrangements on this album are perhaps a little samey however it is a fantastic listen, highly recommended. While several songs recall the Fun Boys' old partnership with Bananarama minus the rhythmic intensity , there are fewer echoes of Hall's subsequent adventures: the faint accents here are Dixieland, swing and Latin.
Booth, who shares songwriting and lead vocals, is a versatile, sympathetic collaborator, but the album is a bit down-the-middle dull, lacking any strong stylistic personality. After years of making music neck-deep in atmosphere, Hall isn't served well by such understatement; as pleasant as these tunes are, none of them has the memorable mettle of his best.
The group split shortly afterwards. In , Terry Hall collaborated with Dave Stewart of Eurythmics under the name Vegas, before releasing a self-titled album in Theoretically, the setting is entirely too smooth for Hall's limited vocal skills, but the results are quite enjoyable, since he and Broudie have cleverly arranged each song to emphasize the strengths of Terry's detached vocals.
While there is a bit of filler scattered throughout the album, the record is supported by pleasantly jangling pop songs that help make Home Hall's strongest effort since the Colourfield. Terry and Craig put together a band and in contrast to most of Terry's previous vehicles went on the road. If not a perfect return to form this album was at least a precursor as to the heights Terry would later achieve with his next album, to paraphrase the song if ifs and ands were pots and pans, Terry would be a kitchen.
Tracks 3 and 4 are live covers of songs by Television and The Specials. Tracks 05 and 06 are from cd2. This was released on two CD singles. The first single featured the main track 'Chasing a Rainbow' which was co-written by Blur's Damon Albarn. The second track, 'Mistakes', was co-written by Ian Broudie Lightning Seeds who also produced the first two tracks.
The third track was a live recording of 'See no evil' taken from a Manchester University gig. This recording together with two live recordings on the second CD single also appeared on the promo version of the unreleased single 'No, No, No'. The final track of the first CD single was a live recording of the Specials 'Ghost Town' performed with Tricky during a gig.
A promo video for the single was produced featuring Terry with a bevy of female musicians. Both Damon Albarn and Tricky had cited Terry as a major influence in their own careers. Hall, formerly of the Specials and Fun Boy Three, began delving into his shattered heart with the Colourfield in the mid-'80s. On his second solo album, Laugh, Hall is again weeping in his ale despite the cheerful appellation.
On the surface, this album is distilled sunshine: The blanket of tastefully strummed acoustic guitars of "Love to See You," the crystalline jangle and sweet harmonies of "Sonny and His Sister," and the soaring chorus of "Take It Forever" seduce the listener into singing along to Hall's lyrics without realizing how tormented they are.
The shimmering guitar pop of "Summer Follows Spring" sounds as if it were made for a Sunday afternoon stroll, but it's a booby trap; the track is actually about his lover having an affair.
While Hall mined the '60s with the Colourfield, his affection for '70s AM radio fodder is proudly displayed on Laugh. The songs are straightforward and immaculately produced, lacking any quirks or rough edges. If Hall didn't have such poetic and biting lyrics, this could be described as an easy listening record. Nevertheless, his mournful voice merges beautifully with the soft rock of his band.
On "Ballad of a Landlord," Hall's whispery tone is matched by subtle strings; the music slowly builds volume and tempo with the rising emotion in Hall's vocals and lyrics. Hall chooses to cover Todd Rundgren's "I Saw the Light" at the album's end; however, beneath its bouncy, infectious beat, there are no barbed confessions. Then again, Hall didn't write it.
It was apparently written as a response to the breakdown of Terry;s marriage and this is some result. Touching beautiful songs,wonderful harmonies..
I still havent stopped playing it yet
Beautiful, traditional lullaby that is sung in different versions. It was apparently written as a response to the breakdown of Terry;s Album) and this is some result. Gossiping, criticizing the government or even talking about current events were often punishable by death. The Last thing that Album) would like to ask You is about Re-uploading some dead links. Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater. On "Ballad of a Landlord," Hall's whispery tone is matched by subtle strings; the music slowly builds volume and tempo with the rising emotion in Hall's vocals and lyrics. The album also featured Terry's version of the track "Sense", which was released as a single. For want of a shoe the horse was lost. See how they run.
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