Toy and Help Yourself

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Toy and Help Yourself are two 1997 Cantonese EPs recorded by Chinese Cantopop singer Faye Wong when she was based in Hong Kong.

In 1996-97, the last year of her recording contract with Cinepoly Records, Wong recorded ten original songs in Cantonese, all with lyrics by Lin Xi but composed by others such as Wong Ka Keung, Adrian Chan, and Chan Xiao Xia. Cinepoly later released eight of these songs in the two EPs entitled Toy and Help Yourself. The other two songs were included in later compilations.

Toy[edit]

Toy (玩具)
EP by Faye Wong
Released February 1997
Genre Cantopop
Label Cinepoly
Faye Wong chronology
Fuzao (Restless)
(1996)
Toy
(1997)
Help Yourself
(1997)

Toy (Yale romanization; Chinese: 玩具; Jyutping: wun6 geoi6) was released in February 1997, during Faye Wong's parental leave where she gave birth to her first child. The EP's cover photo depicts Wong in her home in Beijing, China, having moved back there after several successful years based in Hong Kong.[1][2]

The five tracks on Toy would be Wong's most significant release of new Cantonese songs until her self-titled album in 2001.[3]

  1. "" (Ngaam Yoong) –
    Undercurrent
  2. "約定" (Yerk Ding) –
    Date/Rendezvous
  3. "敷衍" (Fu Yeen) –
    Perfunctoriness/Negligence/Equivocation
  4. "玩具" (Woon Gui) –
    Toy/Plaything
  5. "" (Ngor Seun) –
    I Believe


Help Yourself[edit]

Help Yourself (自便)
EP by Faye Wong
Released May 1997
Genre Cantopop
Label Cinepoly
Faye Wong chronology
Toy
(1997)
Help Yourself
(1997)
Faye Wong
(1997)

Help Yourself (Chinese: 便; Jyutping: zi6 bin6) followed in May 1997.[4]

Although this EP (like Toy) contained new songs, including the hit ballad "On Time" (守時), and was welcomed by fans, it received lukewarm critical responses, particularly for the three remixes of songs from earlier albums.

The album cover was a photograph of Faye Wong taken several years previously.

  1. "守時" (Sau See) -
    Punctuality/On Time
  2. "守護天使" (Sau Wu Teen See) –
    Guardian Angel
  3. "便" (Jee Been) –
    Help Yourself
  4. "Di-Dar" (Historical Remix) –
  5. "誓言" (Shi Yan) –
    Pledge/Vow (Discovery Remix)
  6. "夢遊" (Moong Yau) –
    Sleepwalk (Universal Remix)

Other songs[edit]

Cinepoly's first releases of their remaining original recordings by Faye Wong were as follows:

  • "不得了" (Baat dak liu) -
Unbelievable, in 1997 compilation Not for Sale (菲賣品)
  • "心驚膽戰" (Saam ging daam jin)
Scary, in 2002 compilation Faye Best

References[edit]

  1. ^ zh:电视月刊 1999 "到(浮躁》,从(玩具〉、《王菲〉再到(菲买品〉,王菲一宜在音乐的世界里随意驰稗,也一直是乐坛关注的焦点,而且《浮 II 〉更是被人们视为突出 ..."
  2. ^ zh:前哨 108-113 p105 2000 "但由於王菲工作忙經常飛往香港,兩人的愛情結晶《童〉便由脔唯又當爹又當娘(一人分飾兩角》地擔負。王菲回來時總也忘不了給孩子買超值的《玩具〉。一家人就這麼幸福地生活着。"
  3. ^ Chan, Boon (28 October 2011). "Faye's back". The Straits Times (Singapore). p. C2. 
  4. ^ Dian shi yue kan 1998 "王菲会不会再拍电影呢? 答:目前金典音像又引进了王菲的《自便〉专辑,这是王菲在宝丽金所保留的珍藏作品。据王菲表示她今后的发展重点在国语欹坛上,至于电影方面,她也不排除有大显身手的可能性, ..."

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