Utopia (Utopia album)

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Utopia
Studio album by Utopia
Released August 1982
Recorded at Utopia Sound Studios
Genre New wave
Length 48:18
Label United States Network
United Kingdom Epic
Producer Todd Rundgren
Utopia chronology
Swing to the Right
(1982)
Utopia
(1982)
Oblivion
(1984)
Singles from Utopia
  1. "Feet Don't Fail Me Now"
    Released: December 1982
  2. "Hammer In My Heart"
    Released: May 1983
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Utopia is the second of two self-titled albums by the rock group Utopia (the other being Todd Rundgren's Utopia). It was released in 1982 (see 1982 in music). It was also their only album for Network Records.

During recording while Kasim Sulton had left to pursue a solo career, Doug Howard from the band Touch was brought in on bass. Despite having co-written several songs (for which he remains credited on the album), Howard stepped aside when Sulton decided to return.

Videos and singles were released for "Feet Don't Fail Me Now" and "Hammer in My Heart". Footage for "Hammer in My Heart" was recorded live on August 18, 1982 at MTV's official first birthday celebration hosted by VeeJay Nina Blackwood. The song peaked at #31 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock chart. Both were featured on the VHS video release "The Utopia Sampler" nominated in 1983 for a Grammy for Best Short Form Video.

The original vinyl LP was released with a 12" "bonus EP" of five additional songs which the later CD release simply includes as tracks 11 to 15 with no mention of the word "bonus". The five songs were repeated on both sides of the EP.

Track listing (Vinyl)[edit]

Side 1[edit]

  1. "Libertine"
  2. "Bad Little Actress"
  3. "Feet Don’t Fail Me Now"
  4. "Neck On Up"
  5. "Say Yeah"

Side 2[edit]

  1. "Call It What You Will"
  2. "I’m Looking at You But I’m Talking to Myself"
  3. "Hammer in My Heart"
  4. "Burn Three Times"
  5. "There Goes My Inspiration"

Bonus EP (unlisted on album sleeve)[edit]

  1. "Princess of the Universe"
  2. "Infrared and Ultraviolet"
  3. "Forgotten But Not Gone"
  4. "Private Heaven"
  5. "Chapter and Verse"

Track listing (CD)[edit]

  1. "Libertine"
  2. "Bad Little Actress"
  3. "Feet Don’t Fail Me Now"
  4. "Neck On Up"
  5. "Say Yeah"
  6. "Call It What You Will"
  7. "I’m Looking at You But I’m Talking to Myself"
  8. "Hammer in My Heart"
  9. "Burn Three Times"
  10. "There Goes My Inspiration"
  11. "Princess of the Universe"
  12. "Infrared and Ultraviolet"
  13. "Forgotten But Not Gone"
  14. "Private Heaven"
  15. "Chapter and Verse"

Charts[edit]

Album - Billboard

Year Chart Position
1983 Pop Albums 84

References[edit]

  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas (2011). "Utopia - Utopia | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 8 July 2011.