Penthouse and Pavement
|Penthouse and Pavement|
|Studio album by Heaven 17|
|Recorded||Sheffield, Maison Rouge|
|Producer||British Electric Foundation|
|Heaven 17 chronology|
Penthouse and Pavement is the debut album by the English synthpop group Heaven 17, released in 1981. "(We Don't Need This) Fascist Groove Thang" was released as a single, but did not achieve chart success partly due to a ban by the BBC. The album sold reasonably well, but was not a commercial success on release. It has since been regarded as "an important outing", is included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die, and was re-released in 2010 in a 3-disc special edition.
Dan LeRoy in a retrospective review for AllMusic felt that the album combined electropop with good melodies, and that Glenn Gregory was able to handle the "overtly left-wing political" lyrics without sounding "pretentious".
The album is included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.
|Side A (Pavement)|
|1.||"(We Don't Need This) Fascist Groove Thang"||Martyn Ware, Ian Craig Marsh, Glenn Gregory||4:20|
|2.||"Penthouse and Pavement"||Ware, Marsh, Gregory||6:23|
|3.||"Play To Win"||Ware, Marsh, Gregory||3:37|
|4.||"Soul Warfare"||Ware, Marsh, Gregory||5:04|
|Side B (Penthouse)|
|5.||"Geisha Boys and Temple Girls"||Ware, Marsh, Gregory||4:33|
|6.||"Let's All Make A Bomb"||Ware, Marsh, Gregory||4:03|
|7.||"The Height of the Fighting"||Ware, Marsh, Gregory||3:01|
|8.||"Song With No Name"||Ware, Marsh, Gregory||3:36|
|9.||"We're Going To Live for a Very Long Time¹"||Ware, Marsh, Gregory||3:15|
2010 3-disc special edition
The album was reproduced live, in its entirety, in a series of concerts the band held throughout 2010, one of which (in Sheffield) was filmed and shown on BBC Two on 16 May 2010. A documentary about the making of the album was screened the following night, and was later included on a new three disc special edition of the album released in November 2010.
- Glenn Gregory – Vocals
- Ian Craig Marsh – Synthesisers, Saxophone, Percussion
- Martyn Ware – Synthesisers, Linn LM-1, Piano, Percussion and Backing Vocals
- Malcolm Veale – Synthesisers, Saxophone
- Josie James – Vocals on Penthouse and Pavement
- Steve Travell – Piano on Soul Warfare
- The Boys of Buddha – Synthetic Horns
- John Wilson – Bass guitar, Guitar and Guitar Synthesisers on Pavement side
- Ray Smith – Cover painting
- Engineer and Assistant to the Producers: Peter Walsh
- Engineer: Steve Rance
- Executive Manipulator: Bob Last
|New Zealand Albums Chart||45||−|
|Swedish Albums Chart||24||−|
|UK Albums Chart||14||Gold|
|March 1981||"(We Don't Need This) Fascist Groove Thang"||UK||45|
|May 1981||"I'm Your Money"||UK||-|
|August 1981||"Play to Win"||UK||46|
|November 1981||"Penthouse and Pavement"||UK||57|
|February 1982||"The Height of the Fighting (He-La-Hu)"†||UK||-|
† Released as a 12" single only.
- ¹ – The last track on the original vinyl LP release, "We're Going to Live for a Very Long Time", was recorded up to and onto the runoff groove; meaning the run time of this track (as labelled on the LP sleeve) and the album is infinite, looping the line "For a very long time".
- "Groove Thang", "Decline of the West" and "B.E.F. Ident" originally appeared on the B.E.F. cassette-only release Music For Stowaways.
- All tracks mixed at Red Bus Studios except "(We Don't Need This) Fascist Groove Thang" and "Let's All Make a Bomb" which were mixed at The Townhouse.
- 1001 Albums: You Must Hear Before You Die. Retrieved 11 October 2012.
- Dan LeRoy. "Penthouse and Pavement – Heaven 17 : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards : AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 11 October 2012.
- ChartStats (Penthouse and Pavement)
- British Phonographic Industry database
- Steffen Hung (27 February 2012). "New Zealand charts portal". charts.org.nz. Retrieved 5 March 2012.
- Steffen Hung (24 February 2012). "Swedish Charts Portal". swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 5 March 2012.
- "UK Singles & Albums Chart Archive". Chart Stats. Retrieved 5 March 2012.