Fiction (The Comsat Angels album)

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Fiction
Comsat Angels - Fiction-cover.jpg
Studio album by The Comsat Angels
Released August 1982
Recorded May–June, 1982
Genre New wave, post-punk
Length 41:16 (LP)
Label Polydor, RPM Records, Renascent, Edsel Records
Producer Peter Wilson, the Comsat Angels
The Comsat Angels chronology
Sleep No More
(1981)
Fiction
(1982)
Land
(1983)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Stylus B[2]

Fiction is the Comsat Angels' third album, released in August 1982 on Polydor Records. The album has been reissued on CD three times: in 1995 by RPM Records, in 2006 by Renascent and in 2015 by Edsel Records,[3] with different track listings (see below). The album peaked at No. 94 in the UK charts in September 1982.[4]

Fiction was less gloomy than the Comsats' previous album, Sleep No More. Frontman Stephen Fellows said of the change: "I certainly didn't want to make another record as intense as Sleep No More — at least not immediately. Sleep No More was so dark that I felt it skewed things a bit — possibly even mentally for me. I just felt if we carried on in that direction it'd lead to madness or maybe even something worse".[5]

Fellows was satisfied with many of the songs on Fiction, including "What Else!?", "Pictures" and "After the Rain",[6] but felt that the album as a whole could have been better. "We were a bit short of tunes when we recorded it", he said. "We were touring quite a bit after Sleep No More and there wasn't as much time to write as I would have liked".[7]

Track listing (1982)[edit]

All tracks written by Fellows/Glaisher/Bacon/Peake.

  1. "After the Rain"
  2. "Zinger"
  3. "Now I Know"
  4. "Not a Word"
  5. "Ju Ju Money"
  6. "More"
  7. "Pictures"
  8. "Birdman"
  9. "Don't Look Now"
  10. "What Else!?"

Track listing (1995)[edit]

All tracks written by Fellows/Glaisher/Bacon/Peake.

  1. "After the Rain"
  2. "Zinger"
  3. "Now I Know"
  4. "Not a Word"
  5. "Ju Ju Money"
  6. "More"
  7. "Pictures"
  8. "Birdman"
  9. "Don't Look Now"
  10. "What Else!?"
  11. "It's History"
  12. "After the Rain" (Remix)
  13. "Private Party"
  14. "Mass"

Track listing (2006)[edit]

All tracks written by Fellows/Glaisher/Bacon/Peake.

  1. "After the Rain"
  2. "Zinger"
  3. "Now I Know"
  4. "Not a Word"
  5. "Ju Ju Money"
  6. "More"
  7. "Pictures"
  8. "Birdman"
  9. "Don't Look Now"
  10. "What Else!?"
  11. "(Do The) Empty House"
  12. "Red Planet Revisited"
  13. "It's History"
  14. "Private Party"
  15. "For Your Information"
  16. "After the Rain" (Remix)
  17. "(Do The) Empty House" (Live)
  18. "What Else!?" (Live)

Track listing (2015)[edit]

All tracks written by Fellows/Glaisher/Bacon/Peake.

Disc 1

  1. "After the Rain"
  2. "Zinger"
  3. "Now I Know"
  4. "Not a Word"
  5. "Ju Ju Money"
  6. "More"
  7. "Pictures"
  8. "Birdman"
  9. "Don't Look Now"
  10. "What Else!?"

Disc 2 – bonus tracks

  1. "(Do The) Empty House"
  2. "Red Planet Revisited"
  3. "It's History"
  4. "Private Party"
  5. "For Your Information"
  6. "After the Rain" (Remix)

John Peel Session

  1. "Now I Know"
  2. "Ju Ju Money"
  3. "Our Secret"
  4. "Goat of the West"

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Stylus review
  3. ^ Discogs.com entry for the Edsel edition of Fiction
  4. ^ Liner notes from Renascent reissue of Fiction
  5. ^ Liner notes from Renascent reissue of Fiction
  6. ^ Liner notes from Renascent reissue of Fiction
  7. ^ Liner notes from Renascent reissue of Fiction