How Men Are

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How Men Are
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Studio album by Heaven 17
Released September 1984 (1984-09)
Genre Synth-pop
Length 38:18
Label Virgin
Producer
Heaven 17 chronology
The Luxury Gap
(1983)The Luxury Gap1983
How Men Are
(1984)
Pleasure One
(1986)Pleasure One1986
Singles from How Men Are
  1. "Sunset Now"
    Released: August 1984
  2. "This Is Mine"
    Released: October 1984
  3. "...(And That's No Lie)"
    Released: January 1985
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Smash Hits 8/10 stars[1]
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[2]

How Men Are is the third studio album by the English synthpop band Heaven 17. It was originally released in September 1984, on the label Virgin. The album peaked at No. 12 in the UK and was certified Silver (60,000 copies sold) by the BPI in October 1984.

Three singles were released from this album: "Sunset Now" (UK#24), "This Is Mine" (UK#23) in 1984, and an edited remix of "...(And That's No Lie)" (UK#52) in early 1985, which was the first Heaven 17 single to fail to reach the UK Top 40 since "Let Me Go" at the end of 1982.

Although digital sample-based instruments such as the Fairlight CMI and the Linn LM-1 drum machine were still responsible for most of the album's sounds, How Men Are marked the beginning of an increased usage of acoustic instruments in Heaven 17's music. A small orchestra is employed on three tracks, and two tracks make use of the Phenix Horns Esquire, Earth, Wind & Fire's famous brass section. Another notable contribution to this album was made by the vocal group Afrodiziak, who sang on four tracks.

In 2006, Heaven 17's first three albums were remastered and reissued with bonus tracks.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Glenn Gregory, Ian Craig Marsh, and Martyn Ware, except where noted.

  1. "Five Minutes to Midnight" – 3:46
  2. "Sunset Now" – 3:35
  3. "This Is Mine" – 3:51
  4. "The Fuse" – 3:05
  5. "Shame Is on the Rocks" – 3:59
  6. "The Skin I'm In" – 3:46
  7. "Flamedown" – 2:59
  8. "Reputation" (John Wilson, Glenn Gregory, Ian Craig Marsh, Martyn Ware) – 3:03
  9. "...(And That's No Lie)" – 10:02
Additional tracks

Personnel[edit]

Heaven 17
Session musicians
Production team

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1984) Peak
position
Total
weeks
German Albums Chart[3] 31 ?
Swedish Albums Chart[4] 28 2
UK Albums Chart[5] 12 11

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rimmer, Dave (27 September 1984). "Album Reviews". Smash Hits. Vol. 6 no. 19. EMAP Metro. p. 25. 
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ "Charts-Surfer". Charts-surfer.de. Retrieved 2012-01-06. 
  4. ^ Steffen Hung. "Swedish Charts Portal". swedishcharts.com. Archived from the original on 2016-05-16. Retrieved 2012-01-06. 
  5. ^ "UK Singles & Albums Chart Archive". Chart Stats. Archived from the original on 2009-06-03. Retrieved 2012-01-06. 

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