The Big Heat (album)

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The Big Heat
Stan Ridgway The Big Heat.jpg
Studio album by Stan Ridgway
Released 1986
Recorded Fiddler's Studio, J.C. Studios and The Lighthouse, Hollywood, CA
Genre New wave, alternative rock
Length 42:15
Label I.R.S.
Producer Joe Chiccarelli, Mitchell Froom, Hugh Jones, Bill Noland, Stan Ridgway, Louis van den Berg
Stan Ridgway chronology
The Big Heat
(1986)
Mosquitos
(1989)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau B[2]

The Big Heat is the 1986 debut solo album by former Wall of Voodoo vocalist Stan Ridgway, named after the 1953 film noir of the same name. Originally released as a nine-song album, including the #4 UK hit "Camouflage",[3] the album was re-released in 1993 with six additional tracks (and again re-released in 2007). In 1986, the album reached #131 on The Billboard 200.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Stan Ridgway.

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "The Big Heat" 4:26
2. "Pick It Up (And Put It in Your Pocket)" 4:32
3. "Can't Stop the Show" 3:45
4. "Pile Driver" 4:44
5. "Walkin' Home Alone" 4:31
Side two
No. Title Length
1. "Drive, She Said" 4:11
2. "Salesman" 5:23
3. "Twisted" 3:37
4. "Camouflage" 7:05
CD edition bonus track
No. Title Length
10. "Rio Greyhound" 3:12

Accolades[edit]

Year Publication Country Accolade Rank
1986 Best France "Albums of the Year" 3 [4]
1986 Q United Kingdom "Albums of the Year" * [5]
1986 Sounds United Kingdom "Albums of the Year" * [6]
1990 Mucchio Selvaggio Italy "The Best Albums of the 80s" * [7]
1990 Velvet Italy "The 100 Best Albums of the 80s" * [8]
1991 Rock & Folk France "The 250 Best Albums from 1966-1991" 3 [9]
1999 Panorama Norway "The 30 Best Albums of the Year 1970-98" 19 [10]
2002 Mucchio Selvaggio Italy "100 Best Albums by Decade" 1-20 [11]
"*" denotes an unordered list.

Chart positions[edit]

Personnel[edit]

Adapted from The Big Heat liner notes.[26]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalog
Spain 1986 Epic CD, CS, LP 40-2687
United Kingdom I.R.S. CD, LP 1008
United States CD, LP 5637
1993 CD X2 0777 7 13125 26
United Kingdom 2012 Water CD Water252

References[edit]

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  8. ^ "Velvet - The 100 Best Albums of the 80s". Velvet. Retrieved 2009-12-03. 
  9. ^ "Rock & Folk - The 250 Best Albums from 1966-1991". Best. Retrieved 2009-12-03. 
  10. ^ "Panorama - The 30 Best Albums of the Year 1970-98". AcclaimedMusic.net. Retrieved 2009-12-03. 
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  25. ^ Lazell, Barry (1997). Indie Hits 1980-1989. Cherry Red Books. Retrieved June 29, 2015. 
  26. ^ The Big Heat (sleeve). Stan Ridgway. Hollywood, California: I.R.S. Records. 1985. 

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