Lovers & Strangers

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Lovers & Strangers
Only Love Strangers.jpg
Studio album by Faye Wong
Released September 1999
Genre Mandopop, Cantopop
Label EMI
Faye Wong chronology
Sing and Play
(1998)
Lovers & Strangers
(1999)
Fable
(2000)
Lovers & Strangers
Traditional Chinese 只愛陌生人
Simplified Chinese 只爱陌生人

Lovers & Strangers,[1][2][3][4][5][6] also translated as Only Love Strangers[7][8] (Chinese: 陌生人; pinyin: zhī ài mòshēngrén) is a 1999 album by Beijing-based C-pop singer Faye Wong. It contains 10 tracks in Mandarin with bonus Cantonese versions of two of the songs. The title is from a line of the refrain in track 4 (... 我只爱陌生人, I only love strangers...).[9]

The album sold more than 800,000 copies and reached number one in the album charts of Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, Singapore and Malaysia.[9][10]

After the release of Lovers & Strangers, Guinness World Records declared Faye Wong the best selling female Cantopop artist of all time.[11]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Unofficial translation Length
1. "荼蘼" (Kāi dào túmí) "The Last Blossom" 5:13
2. "當時月亮" (Dāngshí de yuèliàng) "The Moon at That Moment"/ "Once in a Blue Moon" 3:52
3. "" (Cuīmián) "Hypnosis" 4:27
4. "陌生人" (Zhī ài mòshēngrén) "Only Love Strangers" 3:42
5. "百年孤寂" (Bǎinián gūjì) "Hundred Years of Solitude" 5:18
6. "蝴蝶" (Húdié) "Butterfly" 3:27
7. "" (Guòyǎn yúnyān) "An Ephemeral Cloud" 4:06
8. "之後" (Bì yī shēng zhīhòu) "After the Beep" 4:14
9. "" (Tuīfān) "Overthrown" 4:23
10. "精彩" (Jīngcǎi) "Spectacular" 4:47
11. "" (Sau2 mong6 maak6 tin4) "Keeping Guard over the Field" 5:19
12. "" (Jau4 caa1) "Postman" 4:18

Tracks 11 and 12 are Cantonese versions of tracks 5 and 6 respectively. Only track 12 has a different musical arrangement.

The title of track 5 is the Chinese name of Gabriel Garcia Marquez' novel One Hundred Years of Solitude.

Use in other media[edit]

Track 10, the rock song "Spectacular", featured in a Pepsi commercial. A VCD showing the filming of the commercial was released with some versions of the album.

The title track, "Only Love Strangers", was featured in the Sylvester Stallone film Get Carter.[13]

Track 5 was used by Taiwan's STAR Chinese Channel as the ending theme song of the Chinese television series The Taiping Heavenly Kingdom. The original ending theme song was sung by Mao Amin.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Amazon — Lovers & Strangers
  2. ^ CD Universe — Lovers & Strangers
  3. ^ AllMusic — Lovers & Strangers
  4. ^ MTV — Lovers & Strangers
  5. ^ "Hits of the World". Billboard. 1999-10-02. p. 85. 
  6. ^ "Hits of the World". Billboard. 1999-10-30. p. 43. 
  7. ^ Max Woodworth (26 November 2004). "Faye Wong is all woman". Taipei Times. Retrieved 25 April 2013. 
  8. ^ Shane Homan Access All Eras: Tribute Bands and Global Pop Culture 2006 p224 "... almost exclusively on contributions from Hong Kong-, Beijing- and Singapore-based composers along with her own compositions on Sing and Play (1998), Only Love Strangers (1999), Fable (2000), Faye Wong (2001) and To Love (2003)."
  9. ^ a b Cantonese record for Wong, BBC, 17 May 2002
  10. ^ BBC China bans 'opium' song Thursday, 30 October 2003 "Her 1999 album, Lovers and Strangers, has sold more than 800,000 copies and was number one in Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, Singapore and Malaysia. "
  11. ^ Guinness World Records. March 2000. Retrieved 2 November 2006 at Internet archive.
  12. ^ Only Love Strangers at Discogs, Japan version
  13. ^ Faye Wong "Only Love Strangers", a Stallone film episode, 163.com, 19 October 2000 (Chinese)

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