The Big Heat (album)

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The Big Heat
Studio album by Stan Ridgway
Released 1986
Genre Rock, new wave
Label IRS
Producer Stan Ridgway, Bill Noland, Joe Chiccarelli, Louis VandenBerg, Mitchell Froom, Hugh Jones[1]
Stan Ridgway chronology
The Big Heat
(1986)
Mosquitos
(1989)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[2]
Robert Christgau B[3]

The Big Heat is the 1986 debut solo album by former Wall of Voodoo vocalist Stan Ridgway, named after the 1953 noir film of the same name. Originally released as a nine-song album, including the #4 UK hit "Camouflage",[4] the album was re-released in 1993 with six additional tracks (and again re-released in 2007). In 1986, the album reached #131 on The Billboard 200.

Track listing[edit]

Except where otherwise indicated, all songs composed by Stan Ridgway

  1. "The Big Heat"
  2. "Pick It Up (And Put It in Your Pocket)"
  3. "Can't Stop the Show"
  4. "Pile Driver"
  5. "Walkin' Home Alone"
  6. "Drive She Said"
  7. "Salesman"
  8. "Twisted"
  9. "Camouflage"
  10. "Rio Greyhound" (instrumental) (Does not appear on the vinyl LP)

1993 bonus tracks[edit]

Both edition (1993 and 2007) were labeled with the remarks Now contains 6 Bonus Tracks on top and IRS Vintage Years on the right side.

  1. "Stormy Side of Town"
  2. "Foggy River" (Fred Rose)[5]
  3. "End of the Line"
  4. "Nadine" (Chuck Berry)
  5. "Can't Stop the Show (live)"
  6. "Drive She Said (live)"

Accolades[edit]

Year Publication Country Accolade Rank
1986 Best France "Albums of the Year" 3 [6]
1986 Q United Kingdom "Albums of the Year" * [7]
1986 Sounds United Kingdom "Albums of the Year" * [8]
1990 Mucchio Selvaggio Italy "The Best Albums of the 80s" * [9]
1990 Velvet Italy "The 100 Best Albums of the 80s" * [10]
1991 Rock & Folk France "The 250 Best Albums from 1966-1991" 3 [11]
1999 Panorama Norway "The 30 Best Albums of the Year 1970-98" 19 [12]
2002 Mucchio Selvaggio Italy "100 Best Albums by Decade" 1-20 [13]
"*" denotes an unordered list.

Chart positions[edit]

Personnel[edit]

Performance[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Joe Chiccarelli – producer, engineer, mixing
  • Bill Noland – producer
  • Mitchell Froom – producer
  • Carl Grasso – art direction
  • Jim Hill – engineer
  • Hugh Jones – producer, engineer, mixing
  • Mark Lewis – assistant engineer
  • Scott Lindgren – photography, cover art concept
  • Stan Ridgway – producer, engineer
  • Louis VandenBerg – producer, engineer
  • Andy Waterman – mixing
  • Simon Watson – engineer

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Big Heat Artist Direct. Accessed September 2, 2007.
  2. ^ McDonald, Steven. "allmusic ((( The Big Heat > Review )))". Allmusic. Retrieved December 7, 2009. 
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Stan Ridgway". robertchristgau.com. Retrieved on December 7, 2009.
  4. ^ Stan Ridgway: Camouflage Chartstats.com Accessed September 2, 2007.
  5. ^ Booklet of 1993 re-release
  6. ^ "Best - Albums of the Year". Best. Retrieved 2009-12-03. 
  7. ^ "Q - Albums of the Year". Q. Retrieved 2009-12-03. 
  8. ^ "Sounds - Albums of the Year". AcclaimedMusic.net. Retrieved 2009-12-03. 
  9. ^ "Mucchio Selvaggio - The Best Albums of the 80s". Mucchio Selvaggio. Retrieved 2009-12-03. 
  10. ^ "Velvet - The 100 Best Albums of the 80s". Velvet. Retrieved 2009-12-03. 
  11. ^ "Rock & Folk - The 250 Best Albums from 1966-1991". Best. Retrieved 2009-12-03. 
  12. ^ "Panorama - The 30 Best Albums of the Year 1970-98". AcclaimedMusic.net. Retrieved 2009-12-03. 
  13. ^ "Mucchio Selvaggio - 100 Best Albums by Decade". Mucchio Selvaggio. Retrieved 2009-12-03. 
  14. ^ "Stan Ridgeway - The Big Heat". NorwegianCharts.com. Retrieved 2009-12-02. 
  15. ^ "Stan Ridgeway - The Big Heat". HitParade.ch. Retrieved 2009-12-02. 
  16. ^ "Billboard.com - Artist Chart History - Stan Ridgway". Nielsen Company, Billboard. Retrieved 2008-06-03. 
  17. ^ "Stan Ridgway Discography". austriancharts.at. Retrieved 2009-12-02. 
  18. ^ "Stan Ridgway Discography". irishcharts.ie. Retrieved 2009-12-02. 
  19. ^ "Stan Ridgway Discography". dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 2009-12-02. 
  20. ^ "Stan Ridgway Discography". hitParade.ch. Retrieved 2009-12-02. 
  21. ^ "Stan Ridgway Discography". chartstats.com. Archived from the original on 2013-01-19. Retrieved 2009-12-02.