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I remember buying this album on tape when it came out (1994) from Our Price. Nice.
It turned out to be one of my favourite albums of the nineties. It is quite brilliant.
Opener, Alice What's The Matter, lets you know that these boys have got a bit of a harder edge than a lot of there Britpop/rock contemporaries. It also let's you know they've got a stupid sense of humour and they're far sillier than their contemporaries too. The lyrics are not 'high art'.
It's amazing how many tracks on here went on to be big singles. I bought the album after hearing Oblivion, which is a fantastically fun perfect pop song.
Stop The Bus slows things down with it's plodding funky groove before th pace lifts again for the 'in yer face' Discotheque Wreck. The album contains a couple of much more sombre ballady songs like Some People Say (which had a weird ass video too), which is a stunning song.
This is ballsy british rock with it's tongue in it's cheek. The song-writing is excellent which means it works. There are a few dips but the range of material is always going to mean there will be a few downers depending on what floats your boat - I HATED Pretend Best Friend for a good decade, the rapping on the verse rubbed me up the wrong way and gave me a real dose of the queers......... or something. Now though, I quite like it :-)
If you like any type of rock music, I'd say you'd find it hard to dislike this record.
This is my favourite Terrorvision album. Because I like it sooooo much, I am going to have to write about most songs on it, including the hidden track, did you know about that? ALICE WHAT’S THE MATTER Alice, what is the matter? Did anyone ever ask the poor girl? The song is a fantastic starting track for the album. It contains good guitar work, but isn’t too adventurous on the capacity of lyrics (Alice what’s the matter x 8…and repeat) However, it is pure Terrorvision, and is a good song, ,so why criticise it? OBLIVION Perhaps the most successful song of the album. It is pop-ie rock, and is soo catchy, you will catch yourself singing ‘doowap, do ba doowap’ at the bus stop. A fantastic song, and my second to favourite on the album. MIDDLEMAN My favourite song on the album. Also my favourite song by Terrorvision through all 11 years that they have been around. It contains good guitar by Mark Yates, good drumming by Shutty, good bass work by Leigh Marklew and exceptional singing by Tony Wright. The lyrics are ‘nice’ and I think they are lovely, especially to sing along to. I would say that this is almost a Ballard, but comparing it to ‘Some People Say’, also on the album, it doesn’t come close. I really, really love this song. PRETEND BEST FRIEND Another successful song by Terrorvision, and has, yet again, good riffs and a good video. And yeah, before you ask, I did have a pretend best friend, and so I can relate to the damn song…d’oh! SOME PEOPLE SAY Oooooh, I cried when I saw the video to this song. It’s really sad and I think it is really deep and I love this song too, ‘do you think I care?’ I’ll just write a little bit of it out, ‘cause I like it sooo much! “Some people say that what I know should be kept secret Some people say I don’t know anything at all, Some
people say that what I do could be dangerous, Some people say I don’t do anything at all…” Just reading the lyrics don’t do the song justice, and I really, really think you should check this album out, as it is fantastic! HIDDEN TRACK No, it isn’t music, it is the group when they were on holiday. They have got themselves a little recorder and go around talking and recording people when they were in New York. I suspect that they did this when they were filming the video for Oblivion, as it was filmed in New York, all that time ago…
The album "how to make freinds and influence" is brillent. It has some cool songs like Bus man, which is kinda rock type song. If u like hardcore metal and stuff dont buy this album. if u liked there song "tequllia" dont get this album coz its actually good. I know this album is a bit of a blast from the past, but i saw it in the shops and thought hellll yeah and got it. If u like oasis u MAY liek this even tho oasis is rubbish towniee stuff. I mean yeah its old your dad may think its kinda cool but i like it so ....
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Alice What's The Matter
3 Stop The Bus
4 Discotheque Wreck
5 Middle Man
6 Still The Rhythm
7 Ten Shades Of Grey
8 Stab In The Back
9 Pretend Best Friend
10 Time O' The Signs
11 What The Doctor Ordered
12 Some People Say
13 What Makes You Tick