That's What You Get Babe

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That's What You Get Babe
Studio album by Kevin Ayers
Released February 1980
Recorded 1980, Vineyard Studios, UK
Genre Rock
Length 32:22
Label Harvest
Producer Graham Preskett
Kevin Ayers chronology
Rainbow Takeaway
That's What You Get Babe
Diamond Jack and the Queen of Pain
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]

That's What You Get Babe is the ninth studio album by Kevin Ayers and his final recording for Harvest. Ayers had retired to Deià, Spain directly after 1978's Rainbow Takeaway and That's What You Get Babe was his first public appearance in two years. It was arranged and produced by multi-instrumentalist Graham Preskett who had been instructed by Harvest to give the album a more mainstream production, resulting in the offbeat and eccentric presence of Ayers and sidekick Ollie Halsall sounding rather absent from the proceedings.

Although the polished arrangements of the LP met with some hostile responses from fans and critics on release in 1980, it has been reassessed and noted to contain a strong selection of Ayers compositions. The production dichotomy perhaps best exemplified in the lyrics of the title song: "That's what you get for following dreams / Never turn out how they should it seems / That what you get for losing yourself / That's what you get, babe."

'Money Money Money' was released as a single in the UK backed with 'Stranger in Blue Suede Shoes' and Ayers performed shows in New York and London to promote the LP. However, he quickly withdrew to more sympathetic audiences in France and Spain, in the latter of which he released a single of non LP tracks 'Animals'/'Don't Fall In Love With Me' on Columbia Records.

Track listing[edit]

  1. That's What You Get (Ayers)
  2. Where Do I Go From Here (Ayers)
  3. You Never Outrun Your Heart (Ayers)
  4. Given And Taken (Ayers)
  5. Idiots (Ayers)
  6. Super Salesman (Ayers)
  7. Money, Money, Money (Ayers)
  8. Miss Hanaga (Ayers)
  9. I'm So Tired (Ayers)
  10. Where Do The Stars End (Ayers)


References & Sources[edit]

  • Original LP sleevenotes