Waiting (Fun Boy Three album)

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Waiting
Fun Boy Three Waiting.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 1983
RecordedOctober 1982–December 1982
StudioWessex Sound Studios, London
GenreNew wave
Length31:19
LabelChrysalis
ProducerDavid Byrne
Fun Boy Three chronology
Fun Boy Three
(1982)
Waiting
(1983)
The Best of the Fun Boy Three
(1984)

Waiting is the second and final studio album by the Fun Boy Three. It was released in 1983 and featured the hit single "Our Lips Are Sealed", co-written by Terry Hall and previously recorded by The Go-Go's.

The album's lead track, "Murder She Said," is a cover of the theme from the four films in the British Miss Marple series, starring Margaret Rutherford, originally released from 1961 to 1964.[1]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic[2]
Christgau's Record GuideB+[3]
Rolling Stone[4]

In a 1983 review, writer Robert Palmer called Waiting one of "the summer's worthier record releases... that shouldn't be overlooked", continuing:[5]

The songs are full of barbed political and social commentary with a decidedly English bias. The harmonies and melodic twists and turns are reminiscent of 1930's pop, and the odd but effective arrangements feature trombone, cello and other orchestral instruments in a kind of music hall mélange.

Music critic Robert Christgau found that "David Byrne's production suits songwriting that has advanced beyond the undernourishment of their breakaway debut."[3]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Fun Boy Three unless noted.

Side A
  1. "Murder She Said" (Ron Goodwin) 1:57
  2. "The More I See (The Less I Believe)" 3:38
  3. "Going Home" 3:36
  4. "We're Having All The Fun" 2:50
  5. "The Farmyard Connection" 2:46
Side B
  1. "The Tunnel of Love" 3:08
  2. "Our Lips Are Sealed" (Hall, Jane Wiedlin) 3:36
  3. "The Pressure of Life (Takes the Weight Off the Body)" 3:06
  4. "Things We Do" 3:36
  5. "Well Fancy That!" 3:06

The version available from many download services, including iTunes, substitutes the 2:52 single mix of "Our Lips Are Sealed".

The Japanese and Swedish versions of the album adhere to this track listing but add the 1982 single "Summertime" at the end of side B.[6]

Original U.S. vinyl release[edit]

The tracks were in a different order for the original U.S. vinyl release (B6V 41417):[7]

Side A
  1. "Our Lips Are Sealed" (Hall, Jane Wiedlin) 3:36
  2. "The Tunnel of Love" 3:08
  3. "The Pressure of Life (Takes the Weight Off the Body)" 3:06
  4. "Things We Do" 3:36
  5. "The Farmyard Connection" 2:46
Side B
  1. "Murder She Said" 1:57
  2. "The More I See (The Less I Believe)" 3:38
  3. "Going Home" 3:36
  4. "We're Having All The Fun" 2:50
  5. "Well Fancy That!" 3:06

Personnel[edit]

Fun Boy Three

with:

Thanks to: "Rick Rogers, Jeanette Powell, Peter Barnes, David Jensen and Mike Hawkes."

Charts[edit]

Chart (1983) Peak
position
Certifications
(sales thresholds)
Australia (Kent Music Report) [8]
Netherlands (MegaCharts) 47[9]
New Zealand (Recording Industry Association of New Zealand) 11[10]
UK (Official Charts Company) 7[11][12] British Phonographic Industry: Silver[13]
US (Billboard 200) 104

References[edit]

  1. ^ "From the Desk of Wesley Stace: "Miss Marple" Theme (A.K.A. "Murder She Says" by Ron Goodwin & His Orchestra)". 5 October 2013.
  2. ^ Cook, Stephen. "Waiting – Fun Boy Three". AllMusic. Retrieved 7 December 2020.
  3. ^ a b Christgau, Robert (1990). "Fun Boy Three: Waiting". Christgau's Record Guide: The '80s. Pantheon Books. p. 159. ISBN 0-679-73015-X. Retrieved 7 December 2020.
  4. ^ Fricke, David (18 August 1983). "Fun Boy Three: Waiting". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 6 October 2008. Retrieved 7 December 2020.
  5. ^ Palmer, Robert (10 August 1983). "The Pop Life". The New York Times. Retrieved 11 November 2009.
  6. ^ https://www.discogs.com/Fun-Boy-Three-Waiting/release/3061426; https://www.discogs.com/Fun-Boy-Three-Waiting/release/808407
  7. ^ The More I See (The Less I Believe) from Allmusic
  8. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 119. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  9. ^ "charts.org.nz - Discografie Fun Boy Three". Hung Medien. Retrieved 25 December 2021.
  10. ^ "charts.nz - Discography Fun Boy Three". Hung Medien. Retrieved 25 December 2021.
  11. ^ "Fun Boy Three - Full Official Chart History". Official Charts Company. Official Charts Company. Retrieved 25 December 2021.
  12. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 216. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  13. ^ "British certificates: searchable database". bpi.co.uk. Archived from the original on 24 September 2009. Retrieved 30 June 2010.