From the Tea-Rooms of Mars to the Hell Holes of Uranus [Bonus Tracks]

From the Tea-Rooms of Mars to the Hell Holes of Uranus [Bonus Tracks]

by Landscape
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

Landscape's second album was the band's most successful, reaching the British Top Twenty and spawning the Top Five hit "Einstein a Go-Go" there, as well as a Top 40 follow-up with "Norman Bates." It's generally considered the group's most artistically successful, too, though it's an odd timepiece of a time during which synth pop was just

Overview

Landscape's second album was the band's most successful, reaching the British Top Twenty and spawning the Top Five hit "Einstein a Go-Go" there, as well as a Top 40 follow-up with "Norman Bates." It's generally considered the group's most artistically successful, too, though it's an odd timepiece of a time during which synth pop was just about to begin a meteoric ascendancy in the British pop consciousness. From the Tea-Rooms of Mars to the Hell Holes of Uranus was not as contrived as the most notorious synth pop recordings of the early '80s, but neither was it emotionally engaging rock as listeners had previously known it. Instead, it was rather dry, arch, and arty, emphasizing irony over emotion. It's too glossy and detached for its own good, but it does have a knowing, somewhat more sophisticated swarm than much of the synth pop that would follow slightly later, as well as a bit of jazzy lounge ambience. Actually, "Norman Bates," though far lesser known than "Einstein a Go-Go," is the most memorable song; its laconic, even-tempered computer-textured vocal pronouncements of "my name is Norman Bates, I'm just a normal guy" come off as fairly chilling in their matter-of-fact disingenuousness. The 2002 CD reissue on Cherry Red adds four songs from 1982-1983 singles -- "It's Not My Name," "Eastern Girls," "So Good So Pure So Kind," and "You Know How to Hurt Me" -- that found the band drifting into a yet more mechanized and (at the time) commercial new romantic sound.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/18/2002
Label:
Cherry Red Uk
UPC:
5013929209121
catalogNumber:
209

Related Subjects

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Landscape   Primary Artist
Peter Marinker   Narrator

Technical Credits

Landscape   Producer,Engineer
Richard James Burgess   Contributor
John Etchells   Engineer
Chris Heaton   Contributor
John Hudson   Engineer
Dave Hunt   Engineer
Andy Jackson   Engineer
Ray Massey   Cover Photo
Hugh Padgham   Engineer
Andy Pask   Contributor
Steve Rance   Engineer
Peter Smith   Engineer
Brian Tench   Engineer
Peter Thoms   Contributor
Colin Thurston   Producer,Engineer
Dave Baker   Engineer
Rick Walton   Engineer
Rafe McKenna   Engineer
John L. Walters   Contributor
David Baker   Engineer

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >