Don't Bore Us, Get to the Chorus!

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Don't Bore Us - Get to the Chorus! Roxette's Greatest Hits
Greatest hits album by Roxette
Released

30 October 1995

26 September 2000 [United States]
Recorded 1988–1995
Genre Pop
Length 75 minutes
Label EMI
Producer Clarence Öfwerman
Roxette chronology
Rarities
(1995)
Don't Bore Us, Get to the Chorus!
(1995)
Baladas En Español
(1996)
2000 U.S. release cover
Singles from
Don't Bore Us, Get to the Chorus!
  1. "You Don't Understand Me"
    Released: 1995
  2. "The Look '95"
    Released: 1995 (UK only release)
  3. "June Afternoon"
    Released: 1996
  4. "She Doesn't Live Here Anymore"
    Released: 1996
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

Don't Bore Us - Get to the Chorus! Roxette's Greatest Hits is a compilation album by the Swedish pop duo Roxette, released on 30 October 1995. The album was not released in the United States until 26 September 2000, with a different track listing. The album title is based on a quote from Berry Gordy.[2]

Album information[edit]

The tracks "June Afternoon", "You Don't Understand Me", "She Doesn't Live Here Anymore" and "I Don't Want to Get Hurt" were newly recorded for this album. "Almost Unreal" had not been previously released on a Roxette album. It was used in the 1993 movie Super Mario Bros.. "You Don't Understand Me", "June Afternoon" and "She Doesn't Live Here Anymore" were released as singles. "The Look" was released as a maxi-single in the UK. This version of "It Must Have Been Love" had also never been previously released on any Roxette album up to this point.

The lead single from the album was "You Don't Understand Me". The American hit-maker Desmond Child and Per Gessle co-wrote that song, originally intended for submission to other artists. Impressed with the moody ballad, Gessle decided to keep it and asked Marie Fredriksson to record the vocals. Roxette then realised that this 'project' song would make an ideal Roxette track.[3] It was the first time that an "outsider", as described by Gessle, co-wrote a Roxette song.

The album was released in late 1995 in Australia. With minimal promotion, it made little impact on the ARIA Albums Chart, failing to enter the Australian top 40 after every one of the duo's previous albums had enjoyed great success on the album charts there. In mid-1996, some six months later, EMI Australia began to promote the album with a collection of TV commercials; Don't Bore Us then entered the Australian top 20 in June 1996 and eventually peaked at #10 on the ARIA Albums Chart. The greatest hits package was certified platinum and made the top 40 for the end-of-year best-selling albums.[citation needed]

When the album was finally issued in the US in 2000, all original songs aside from "You Don't Understand Me" as well as songs that were not released/did not chart ("The Big L." and "Vulnerable") were cut; instead, "Church of Your Heart" was added (which had been a top 40 hit there in 1992), and two singles ("Wish I Could Fly" and "Stars") from the duo's then-most recent album, Have a Nice Day, were added.

Track listings[edit]

All songs written and composed by Per Gessle, except where noted. 

No. Title Length
1. "June Afternoon"   4:14
2. "You Don't Understand Me" (Gessle & Desmond Child) 4:29
3. "The Look"   3:57
4. "Dressed for Success"   4:13
5. "Listen to Your Heart" (Gessle & Mats Persson; Swedish single edit) 5:15
6. "Dangerous"   3:48
7. "It Must Have Been Love" (from Pretty Woman (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)) 4:19
8. "Joyride"   4:00
9. "Fading Like a Flower (Every Time You Leave)"   3:53
10. "The Big L."   4:29
11. "Spending My Time" (Gessle & Mats Persson) 4:38
12. "How Do You Do!"   3:12
13. "Almost Unreal" (from Super Mario Bros. Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) 4:00
14. "Sleeping in My Car" (Single edit) 3:33
15. "Crash! Boom! Bang!" (Single edit) 4:26
16. "Vulnerable" (Single edit) 4:29
17. "She Doesn't Live Here Anymore"   4:05
18. "I Don't Want to Get Hurt"   4:19
Total length:
75:20

Singles[edit]

  • "You Don't Understand Me":
    1. "You Don't Understand Me"
    2. "Crazy About You"
    3. "Harleys And Indians (Riders in the Sky)"
  • The Look '95" (2-CD set, CD1):
    1. "The Look" (Chaps 1995 remix)
    2. "The Look" (Chaps 1995 remix edit)
    3. "The Look" (Chaps Donna Bass mix)
    4. "The Look" (Rapino Club mix)
    5. "The Look" (Rapino Dub mix)
  • "The Look '95" (2-CD set, CD2):
    1. "The Look" (Chaps 1995 remix)
    2. "Crazy About You"
    3. "The Look"
    4. "Dressed for Success" (U.S. mix)
  • "June Afternoon":
    1. "June Afternoon"
    2. "Seduce Me" (demo, August 22, '90)
    3. "June Afternoon" (demo, July 17, '94)
  • "She Doesn't Live Here Anymore":
    1. "She Doesn't Live Here Anymore"
    2. "The Look" (Chaps 1995 remix)
    3. "The Look" (Rapino 7" mix)

Charts and certifications[edit]

Album charts

Country Peak position Certification Sales
Argentina unknown Gold [4] 30,000+
Australia 10 Platinum 70,000+
Brazil unknown Platinum 250,000+
Canada 36 Gold 50,000+
Germany 7 Platinum 500,000+
Hungary 30 none unknown
Italy 7 Platinum 100,000+
Netherlands 12 Gold 30,000+
New Zealand 8 Platinum 15,000+
Norway 14 none unknown
Poland 5 Gold[5] 100,000+
Sweden 2 Platinum 100,000+
UK 5 Platinum 300,000+

Credits[edit]

"You Don't Understand Me": words and music by Per Gessle and Desmond Child
  • Music — Per Gessle, except for the following:
"You Don't Understand Me": words and music by Per Gessle and Desmond Child
"Listen to Your Heart": music by Per Gessle and Mats MP Persson
"Spending My Time": music by Per Gessle and Mats MP Persson
"She Doesn't Live Here Anymore": music by Per Gessle and Mats MP Persson

Produced and arranged by Clarence Öfwerman

All songs published by Jimmy Fun Music, except
"You Don't Understand Me" Jimmy Fun Music/EMI Songs

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Buss, Bryan. "Don't Bore Us - Get to the Chorus! Roxette's Greatest Hits - Roxette". AllMusic. Retrieved 5 January 2012. 
  3. ^ Don't Bore Us, Get to the Chorus! liner notes
  4. ^ "Representando a la Industria Argentina de la Música". CAPIF. 24 October 1995. Retrieved 5 January 2012. 
  5. ^ [1][dead link]

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