Waiting (Fun Boy Three album)

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Waiting
Studio album by Fun Boy Three
Released February 1983
Recorded October 1982-December 1982
Genre Ska/Pop, New Wave, Synth-Pop
Length 31:19
Label Chrysalis
Producer David Byrne
Fun Boy Three chronology
Fun Boy Three
(1982)
Waiting
(1983)
The Best of the Fun Boy Three
(1984)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau B+[2]

Waiting is the second and final studio album by the Fun Boy Three. It was released in 1983 and featured the hit single "Our Lips Are Sealed," co-written by Terry Hall and previously performed by The Go-Go's.

Writer Robert Palmer called it one of the "summer's worthier record releases...that shouldn't be overlooked":[3]

The songs are full of barbed political and social commentary with a decidedly English bias. The harmonies and melodic twists and turns are reminiscent of 1930's pop, and the odd but effective arrangements feature trombone, cello and other orchestral instruments in a kind of music hall mélange.

According to music critic Robert Christgau, "David Byrne's production suits songwriting that has advanced beyond the undernourishment of their breakaway debut."[2]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Fun Boy Three unless noted.

Side A
  1. "Murder She Said" 1:57
  2. "The More I See (The Less I Believe)" 3:38
  3. "Going Home" 3:36
  4. "We're Having All The Fun" 2:50
  5. "The Farmyard Connection" 2:46
Side B
  1. "The Tunnel of Love" (Golding/Hall/Staples) 3:08
  2. "Our Lips Are Sealed" (Hall, Jane Wiedlin) 3:36
  3. "The Pressure of Life (Takes the Weight Off the Body)" 3:06
  4. "Things We Do" 3:36
  5. "Well Fancy That!" 3:06

Original U.S. vinyl release[edit]

The tracks were in a different order for the original U.S. vinyl release (B6V 41417):[4]

Side A
  1. "Our Lips Are Sealed" (Hall, Jane Wiedlin) 3:36
  2. "The Tunnel of Love" (Golding/Hall/Staples) 3:08
  3. "The Pressure of Life (Takes the Weight Off the Body)" 3:06
  4. "Things We Do" 3:36
  5. "The Farmyard Connection" 2:46
Side B
  1. "Murder She Said" 1:57
  2. "The More I See (The Less I Believe)" 3:38
  3. "Going Home" 3:36
  4. "We're Having All The Fun" 2:50
  5. "Well Fancy That!" 3:06

Personnel[edit]

  • David Byrne - guitar, producer, mixing
  • Nicky Holland - keyboards, vocals, arranger
  • Ingrid Schroeder - vocals
  • Bethan Peters - bass guitar, vocals
  • June Miles-Kingston - drums, vocals
  • Dick Cuthell - cornet
  • Annie Whitehead - trombone
  • Caroline Lavelle - cello
  • Geraldo d'Arbilly - percussion
  • Jeremy Green - engineer, mixing
  • David Storey - design
  • Mike Owen - photography

References[edit]

  1. ^ Review from Allmusic
  2. ^ a b Fun Boy Three from Christgau's website
  3. ^ Robert Palmer (August 10, 1983). "The Pop Life". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-11-11. 
  4. ^ The More I See (The Less I Believe) from Allmusic