“Penthouse And Pavement” by Heaven 17 - album review

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TJR says

Creative and personal differences led to Human League founder members Ware and Marsh leaving Oakey et al with it, and they formed Heaven 17 in 1980, recruiting old pal Glenn Gregory, as they had originally tried to do with Human League a few years earlier. For their September, 1981, debut they line-up: Glenn Gregory (23, vocals), Martyn Ware (25, synthesisers; piano, percussion, backing vocals) and Ian Craig Marsh (24, synthesizers, saxophone, percussion). On side 1 (pavement side) there’s too much of an underlying R n B n Funk groove for me to jump on the “Album Of The Year” bandwagon but, having said that, even I can hear that this is an invigorating release of decent quality synth pop, whilst side 2 (penthouse side) has more of the electronica that I’m looking for. The 5 singles (too political for radio) struggled to make an impact on the charts - “(We Don’t Need This) Fascist Groove Thang” (#45), “I’m Your Money” (-), “Play To Win” (#46), “Penthouse And Pavement” (#57), “The Height Of The Fighting” (-) - although the work held better as an album in the eyes of the record-buying public, rising to #14 in the UK and staying on the charts for an impressive 77 weeks.

The Jukebox Rebel
29-Jun-2006

A1 [04:20] 8.0.png Heaven 17 - (We Don’t Need This) Fascist Groove Thang (Glenn Gregory, Ian Craig Marsh, Martyn Ware) New Wave
A2 [06:23] 5.1.png Heaven 17 - Penthouse And Pavement (Glenn Gregory, Ian Craig Marsh, Martyn Ware) New Wave
A3 [03:37] 5.3.png Heaven 17 - Play To Win (Glenn Gregory, Ian Craig Marsh, Martyn Ware) New Wave
A4 [05:04] 4.0.png Heaven 17 - Soul Warfare (Glenn Gregory, Ian Craig Marsh, Martyn Ware) New Wave
B1 [04:33] 7.0.png Heaven 17 - Geisha Boys And Temple Girls (Glenn Gregory, Ian Craig Marsh, Martyn Ware) New Wave
B2 [04:03] 8.3.png Heaven 17 - Let’s All Make A Bomb (Glenn Gregory, Ian Craig Marsh, Martyn Ware) New Wave
B3 [03:01] 7.9.png Heaven 17 - The Height Of The Fighting (Glenn Gregory, Ian Craig Marsh, Martyn Ware) New Wave
B4 [03:36] 6.8.png Heaven 17 - Song With No Name (Glenn Gregory, Ian Craig Marsh, Martyn Ware) New Wave
B5 [03:15] 7.3.png Heaven 17 - We’re Going To Live For A Very Long Time (Glenn Gregory, Ian Craig Marsh, Martyn Ware) New Wave




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