Strange Man, Changed Man

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Strange Man, Changed Man
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Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 1979 (1979-03)
RecordedNovember 1978 – January 1979
Studio
GenrePower pop
LabelRadar
Producer
  • Bram Tchaikovsky
  • Nick Garvey
  • Peter Ker
Bram Tchaikovsky chronology
Strange Man, Changed Man
(1979)
The Russians Are Coming
(1980)

Strange Man, Changed Man is the debut studio album by English power pop musician Bram Tchaikovsky, released in 1979 by Radar Records.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Christgau's Record GuideC+[2]

Robert Christgau was critical of Strange Man, Changed Man in a 1979 review for The Village Voice, dismissing the album as a mixture of "old-wave" and new wave clichés and likening Tchaikovsky to "a power pop Crosby, Crosby & Crosby."[3]

Retrospectively, Jim Green of Trouser Press described the album as "an energetic mixture of The Byrds, Springsteen and, not surprisingly, The Motors", writing that in addition to "three fine singles... the rest of the material has also worn remarkably well."[4]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Strange Man, Changed Man"
  2. "Lonely Dancer"
  3. "Robber"
  4. "Bloodline"
  5. "I'm the One That's Leaving"
  6. "Girl of My Dreams" (written by Ronnie Thomas of Heavy Metal Kids)
  7. "Nobody Knows"
  8. "Lady from the USA"
  9. "I'm a Believer"
  10. "Sarah Smiles"
  11. "Turn On the Light"

Personnel[edit]

  • Bram Tchaikovsky – guitar, bass, vocals
  • Mick Broadbent – bass, guitar, keyboards, vocals
  • Keith Boyce – drums, percussion
  • Nick Garvey – backing vocals, bass on "Lady from the USA"
  • Mike Oldfield – tubular bells on "Girl of My Dreams"

Charts[edit]

Chart (1979) Peak
position
Australian Albums (Kent Music Report)[5] 92
US Billboard 200[6] 36

References[edit]

  1. ^ Woodstra, Chris. "Strange Man, Changed Man – Bram Tchaikovsky". AllMusic. Retrieved 18 May 2016.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "T". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor and Fields. ISBN 0-89919-026-X. Retrieved 15 March 2019 – via robertchristgau.com.
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert (29 October 1979). "Christgau's Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. Retrieved 18 May 2016.
  4. ^ Green, Jim. "Bram Tchaikovsky". Trouser Press. Retrieved 18 May 2016.
  5. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 232. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  6. ^ "Billboard 200". Billboard. 1 September 1979. Retrieved 3 November 2020.