They Called Him Tin Tin

They Called Him Tin Tin

by Stephen Duffy
     
 

As a recap of Stephen Duffy's pre-Lilac Time career, They Called Him Tin Tin performs a valuable service. The two mid-'80s Duffy albums that most of these 16 tracks are drawn from -- The Ups and Downs and Because We Love You -- have become hard to find, and both were filled with smart, exquisitelySee more details below

Overview

As a recap of Stephen Duffy's pre-Lilac Time career, They Called Him Tin Tin performs a valuable service. The two mid-'80s Duffy albums that most of these 16 tracks are drawn from -- The Ups and Downs and Because We Love You -- have become hard to find, and both were filled with smart, exquisitely crafted pop that overall deserved a much better fate in the charts and at the hands of critics. The biggest successes are here, of course: a 1983 remix of the bubblegum dance smash "Kiss Me" is included, as well as the better-known 1985 version, and lesser hits like "Icing on the Cake" and "Unkiss That Kiss" make deserved appearances. But good as Duffy's singles were, album tracks like the dramatic, soulful "When You Go to Bed" and the jazzily strummed character study "Wednesday Jones" showed he had roots that reached beyond current chart fare -- a side of his writing that would get more attention in the folky Lilac Time. They Called Him Tin Tin isn't a perfect collection -- while the funky B-side "Love Is Driving Me Insane" was an inspired choice, three tracks from Duffy's electronic side project, Dr. Calculus, seem a bit much, especially in light of the many Duffy leftovers still unavailable on CD (like the early hit "Hold It" or the "Kiss Me" flip side "In This Twilight," to name just a couple). Those who like what they hear on this compilation will probably find it worthwhile to track down the two original albums anyway, but half a loaf this good is certainly better than none.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/08/2001
Label:
Emi Import
UPC:
0724384665029
catalogNumber:
846650
Rank:
71117

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Tracks

  1. Icing on the Cake  - Stephen Duffy
  2. Kiss Me  - Stephen Duffy
  3. Unkiss That Kiss  - Stephen Duffy
  4. Sunday Supplement  - Stephen Duffy
  5. Wednesday Jones (Dixie)  - Stephen Duffy
  6. I Love You  - Stephen Duffy
  7. Blasted With Ecstasy  - Stephen Duffy
  8. Julie Christie  - Stephen Duffy
  9. Cocksure  - Stephen Duffy
  10. Love Is Driving Me Insane  - Stephen Duffy
  11. Kiss Me (1983)  - Stephen Duffy
  12. Dream Machine  - Stephen Duffy
  13. A Lot of Ink  - Stephen Duffy
  14. When You Got to Bed  - Stephen Duffy
  15. Don For  - Stephen Duffy
  16. Moments of Being  - Stephen Duffy

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Stephen Duffy   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Harmonica,Drums,Keyboards,Vocals
Toni Childs   Vocals
Levine Andrade   Strings
James Archer   Strings
Mark Berrow   Strings
Stuart Brooks   Trumpet
Chris Cameron   Keyboards
Jane Eugene   Vocals
Wilfred Gibson   Strings
Ian Jewell   Strings
Paul Kegg   Strings
David Nolan   Strings
Guy Pratt   Bass
Andy Richards   Keyboards
Godfrey Salmon   Strings
Danny Schogger   Piano,Keyboards
Leroy Williams   Percussion
Gavyn Wright   Performing Ensemble
Howard Hughes   Piano
Bimbo Acock   Drums
Julie Roberts   Vocals
Paul Ellis   Keyboards
Simon Whistler   Strings
Roger Freeman   Vocals
David Woodcock   Strings

Technical Credits

Stephen Duffy   Composer,Producer
Doctor Calculus   Writer
Chris Cameron   Bass Arrangement
Nick Froome   Producer
Dave Mattacks   Producer
Lynton Naiff   String Arrangements
Mike Pela   Producer,Engineer
Stephen Street   Producer
Roger Freeman   Programming

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