Music for the Hard of Thinking

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Music for the Hard of Thinking
Studio album by Doug and the Slugs
Released 1982 (1982)
Genre Pop
Length 34:58
Label Ritdong (Canada)
RCA (internationally)
Producer Ritchie Cordell
Glen Kolotkin

Music for the Hard of Thinking was the third studio album for Canadian pop music group Doug and the Slugs. It was released domestically in 1982 on Bennett's own record label Ritdong[1][2] and internationally in 1983 on RCA.[3] This recording helped get the band nominated for a 1983 Juno Award.[4][5]

The album produced three singles. The most successful, "Who Knows How to Make Love Stay", peaked at #25 on the Canadian Singles Chart.[6] "Making It Work", peaked at #29.[7][8] The third single "Nobody but Me" did not chart in Canada.[9] Canadian cheese brand, Tre Stelle, uses a sample of this song, substituting some lyrics to match their slogan.

Recording[edit]

The album was released on cassette (domestically)[10] and as an LP record (domestic & international).[3]

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

Music critic Rudyard Kennedy of Allmusic stated:[11]

Chart performance[edit]

The album debuted at #86 on the Canadian RPM charts for the week of February 12, 1983.[12] The recording reached its highest position at #22 for the weeks of April 2 and 9, 1983[13][14] and stayed in the top 100 albums chart for a total of 30 weeks.[15]

The album was ranked at #90 by RPM for the year 1983 on their RPM Year-End chart.[16]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "If You Don't Come"   Bennett 4:00
2. "No No No (Nobody But Me)"   Rudolph Isley, Ronald Isley, O'Kelly Isley 3:18
3. "Making It Work"   Bennett 3:27
4. "Take It or Leave It"   Bennett 3:10
5. "St. Laurent Summer"   Bennett 4:30
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
6. "Who Knows How To Make Love Stay"   Jon Carroll, Bill Danoff 4:00
7. "Operator"   Bennett 3:01
8. "Cover of Love"   Bennett 3:10
9. "When the Doorbell Rings"   Bennett 3:22
10. "She's Looking At Me"   Bennett 3:00
Total length:
34:58

Personnel[edit]

  • Doug and the Slugs:[17]
    • Doug Bennett - vocals, album design
    • Rick Baker - guitar, backing vocals
    • Steve Bosley - bass, backing vocals
    • John Burton - electric guitar, backing vocals
    • Simon Kendall - keyboards, 'basso profundo' vocals
    • John "Wally" Watson - drums, backing vocals
  • Production:[17]
    • Glen Kolotkin - Engineer, Producer
    • Ritchie Cordell - Producer
    • Ron Cote - Engineer

References[edit]

Citations
  1. ^ "Artist: Bennett, Doug". jam.canoe.ca. Jam!. 27 November 2004. Retrieved 11 March 2012. 
  2. ^ "Doug and the Slugs". The Encyclopedia of Music in Canada. The Historica Dominion Institute. thecanadianencyclopedia.com. Retrieved 11 March 2012. 
  3. ^ a b ""Music for the Hard of Thinking" (sound recording) / Doug and the Slugs", collectionscanada.gc.ca (Ottawa: Library and Archives Canada), 1982, OCLC 9514563, AMICUS No. 32567176, retrieved 11 March 2012, KKL1-0480 RCA Victor 
  4. ^ "Artist: Doug And The Slugs". jam.canoe.ca. Jam!. 1 December 2004. Retrieved 11 March 2012. 
  5. ^ "Juno Awards Database". junoawards.ca. Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 11 March 2012. 
  6. ^ http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/rpm/028020-119.01-e.php?&file_num=nlc008388.6239&type=1&interval=50&PHPSESSID=bb0e7somh8osmahbvuk8ubb1u5
  7. ^ http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/rpm/028020-119.01-e.php?&file_num=nlc008388.6231&type=1&interval=50&PHPSESSID=bb0e7somh8osmahbvuk8ubb1u5
  8. ^ http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/rpm/028020-119.01-e.php?&file_num=nlc008388.6279&type=1&interval=50&PHPSESSID=bb0e7somh8osmahbvuk8ubb1u5
  9. ^ http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/rpm/028020-110.01-e.php?PHPSESSID=bb0e7somh8osmahbvuk8ubb1u5&q1=%22Nobody+but+Me%22&q2=&interval=50
  10. ^ ""Music for the Hard of Thinking" (sound recording) / Doug and the Slugs", collectionscanada.gc.ca (Ottawa: Library and Archives Canada), 1982, AMICUS No. 5592539, retrieved 11 March 2012, KKK1-0480 RCA Victor 
  11. ^ Kennedy, Rudyard. "Music for the Hard of Thinking » Review". allmusic.com. Allmusic. Retrieved 11 March 2012. 
  12. ^ http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/rpm/028020-119.01-e.php?&file_num=nlc008388.6225b&type=1&interval=50&PHPSESSID=bb0e7somh8osmahbvuk8ubb1u5
  13. ^ http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/rpm/028020-119.01-e.php?&file_num=nlc008388.6212a&type=1&interval=50&PHPSESSID=bb0e7somh8osmahbvuk8ubb1u5
  14. ^ http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/rpm/028020-119.01-e.php?&file_num=nlc008388.6224a&type=1&interval=50&PHPSESSID=bb0e7somh8osmahbvuk8ubb1u5
  15. ^ http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/rpm/028020-119.01-e.php?&file_num=nlc008388.4310b&type=1&interval=50&PHPSESSID=bb0e7somh8osmahbvuk8ubb1u5
  16. ^ http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/rpm/028020-119.01-e.php?&file_num=nlc008388.4435&type=1&interval=50&PHPSESSID=bb0e7somh8osmahbvuk8ubb1u5
  17. ^ a b "Music for the Hard of Thinking » Credits". allmusic.com. Allmusic. Retrieved 11 March 2012. 

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