The Looks or the Lifestyle?
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|The Looks or the Lifestyle?|
|Studio album by|
|Released||7 September 1992|
|Studio||Rockfield Studios, Monmouthshire|
|Pop Will Eat Itself chronology|
|Singles from The Looks or the Lifestyle?|
|The Encyclopedia of Popular Music|||
During the Cure for Sanity-era the band were scheduled to play "Dance of the Mad Bastards" on Top of the Pops and recruited Fuzz Townshend to mime the drums although they then never did play the song on Top of the Pops. In 1991 the band recruited Townshend as the band's drummer and he agreed. The album was produced by London DJ's Ben Wolff and Andy Dean (also known as Boilerhouse) and the band recorded the album in Rockfield Studios in the Welsh countryside and was mixed in London. The first single to be released was "Karmadrome" (originally called "The Scottish Song", but then changed to "Karmadrome"), with AA-side "Eat Me Drink Me Love Me Kill Me", which went to number 17 in the UK Charts in June '92. They released "Bulletproof", the second single from the album, on 17 August 1992, which didn't do as well as they had hoped but still managed to go to number 24 in the charts and a video was also made. On 7 September 1992 they released the album in UK and Japan and they then released it worldwide in October 1992. On 1 January 1993 they released the "Get the Girl, Kill the Baddies" single which was a massive hit and was their highest charting single going at number 9 in the charts and the album itself went at number 15.
The Looks or the Lifestyle? shows the band working in a dancier style that began to surface on Cure for Sanity, whilst the harsher, industrial rock sound that characterised the band's later work would appear on some songs such as "Eat Me, Drink Me, Love Me, Kill Me" and "Urban Futuristic". The album stirs the band in a less commercial direction, a result of the band ignoring RCA's press for them to in fact head into a more commercial direction.
The Looks or the Lifestyle? is not considered the band's best album. Josh Landau of AllMusic rated it two stars out of five and said it was "certainly not their best effort," whilst Trouser Press said the album sounds "factory-built, underwritten and overproduced." The Rough Guide to Rock, on the other hand, called it a "groundbreaking" album.
- "England's Finest" - (0:48)
- "Eat Me Drink Me Love Me Kill Me" - (3:18)
- "Mother" - (4:15)
- "Get the Girl + Kill the Baddies" - (5:09)
- "I've Always Been a Coward, Baby" - (3:24)
- "Token Drug Song" - (4:01)
- "Karmadrome" - (4:21)
- "Urban Futuristic (Son of South Central)" - (4:14)
- "Pretty Pretty" - (4:10)
- "I Was a Teenage Grandad" - (4:00)
- "Harry Dean Stanton" - (5:14)
- "Bulletproof!" - (3:14)
Pop Will Eat Itself
- Clint Mansell – Vocals
- Graham Crabb – Vocals
- Adam Mole – Guitar
- Richard March – Guitar
- Fuzz Townshend – Drums
- "The Buzzard" – Wild Guitar (tracks 2, 3, 7 to 10)
- Artwork – The Designers Republic
- Written by – Vestan Pance (Pop Will Eat Itself)
- Mixed by – Kennan Keating
- Engineer – Noel Rafferty
|UK/Japan||1 September 1992||RCA|
|US/Canada||27 October 1992||RCA|
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