Discussion in 'Pop' started by Rhythmbarbican, Aug 16, 2020.
That's also a very obvious case of sing the verse live and mime the chorus. What a cop-out Sharleen
Never mind singing the verses, Sharls needs to learn from Mimi and only sing the occasional WORD live!
That sounds like more of a faff. You have to remember which the three words are!
Impromptu Texas top 10:
1. In Demand
2. Summer Son
3. When we are Together
4. What About Us [Thin White Duck Remix]
5. Can't Resist
6. Say What you Want
8. Black-Eyed Boy
9. Telephone X
10. Inner Smile
OOOH OKAY THEN
1. Put Your Arms Around Me
2. In Our Lifetime
3. Summer Son
4. Tell That Girl
9. Black Eyed Boy
10. Ticket To Lie
Honourable mentions to The Hush, Drawing Crazy Patterns and Round The World
Ugh I forgot 'Put Your Arms Around Me' (so STOP!!!!!! - one of my favourite endings ever)
Also 'Insane' and 'Breathless' are lovely and the latter could and should have been (yet) another single off the parent album.
I had a few days where I was OBSESSED with Put Your Arms Around Me last year. It's SO emotional.
Breathless is an absolute gem. But it should be called Hold Me Tight because I always forget its name...
What the fuck?! Was this a Moopy poll?
I can def manage a Texas top 10
02 Summer Son
03 In Our Lifetime
05 Inner Smile
06 I Don't Want a Lover
08 Can't Resist
09 Say What You Want
10 Round the World
Getaway is an INCREDIBLE song - it's the morning walk to the beach after a breakfast of strawberries to Summer Son's evening prowl to the club after four daiquiries
I was obsessé with Getaway and Sleep when they came out.
My top ten is coming #soon. I still need to think.
Oh I ADORE Getaway
There would be exactly no point in them releasing a single. Unless they could secure guest spots from Ariana Grande and three or four dead rappers.
Oh one I love that hasn't been mentioned so far the ORIGINAL Rick’s Road version of “So in love with you”
The first three albums really had some great stuff on them.
Getaway is great. I love it when a band/artist can come with the goods so long into a career, even when success is on the wane.
Red Book is so underrated.
That being said I'm not super familiar with their discography really..
They did and you could only ever discover them if you went back there because after "I Don't Want A Lover" they fell off the radar completely for almost a decade. It's amazing they were able to keep churning out albums because WOB was album number FOUR I think, before they received any serious success?
"So In Love With You" is fabulous. As is "Everyday Now" and "Alone With You"
I think the only reason "White On Blonde" took off is because Chris Evans started playing "Say What You Want" on his radio show. Or did I just make that up?
Yeah and TFI Friday I think..
I just shuffled Texas on my phone. I Don't Want A Lover came on first and I'm not sure why but that amused me. I think Sharleen would approve
I had The Hush on in the office today and I’m sure the builders outside LOVED IT.
The Hush is extraordinary. A perfect summer album.
I've been on a Texas binge all day. I'd forgotten what a fantastic band they are. White On Blonde and The Hush are pretty much flawless. Absolutely love Careful What You Wish For and Jump On Board too!
I really need to check out those first three albums. For some reason I've always though "Probably not for me".
It always amuses me that they and Sharleen in particular seem to be perceived as a bit of a joke, because they made (and sometimes still make) some incredible music and let's face it, there weren't an abundance of British hands of their ilk doing that then or now
They sold quite well in France and Spain luckily after Southside, otherwise we'd have no WOB.
YES with you 100% on those songs love them
The Hush is one of my favourite albums. It's so familiar and the songwriting is top notch.
Their greatest hits was MASSIVE. It's a shame that commercially nosedived from then on
Blame "Carnival Girl".
they still scored 3 top 10 hits and a gold album (I think?) with Red Book!
I blame Carnival Girl though. for everything.
Oh I DO
I still feel like Red Book underperformed compared with what came before though. Maybe it's just my own interest in them dwindled but I felt like there was a perceived shift in attitude, like they were a bit past it
LEAVE CARNIVAL GIRL ALONE
They released a Greatest Hits at the height of their success which is a CURSE for any act.
See also: The Corrs.
"Red book" repaired a little of the damage of the previous album, it was a massive uphill battle for them at that point
NEVER. I think it even caused BREXIT and Covid'19
They'd definitely crossed over from Radio 1 to Radio 2 territory by 2005. Despite being around since the 80s, I've always lumped peak Texas in with the likes of Travis and those other mid-to-late 90s indie bands. I think they were typecast after White on Blonde/The Hush.
Texas weren’t always a joke. I think that radio 2 adult pop sound has just dated, as it does (see also Gabrielle, Simply Red, many more). It’s cyclical I think. Phil Collins was massively recognised as tacky and dated in the noughties and these days he’s almost mythical now!
from WOB through to The Greatest Hits they were played everywhere and very, very popular. I agree that a hits album when you’re peaking is a risky move but theirs felt more like a story so far set, because there had been so much music we missed in the early 90s when they were more of an underground band. I also agree about Carnival Girl. If they’d come back with the right song they might have kept it up a bit longer. Yeah it was a successful album but it killed their reputation.
I really don't get the hate for Carnival Girl? At least they were pushing themselves and trying something different, and ultimately it's a catchy song. I dunno...I think it's fine.
It's like saying BDay Song is a nice catchy addition to Madge's back catalogue
from someone else maybe. Even though Texas were known for combining genres, this just felt like an experiment too far. Sharleen has very deftly moved from rock to country to Motown to R&B, but Carnival Girl, whatever pseudo world music you’d file it under, just wasn’t believable.
I always assumed she was trying to recapture Say What You Want (All Day Every Day), which I also didn't like but was popular, but it didn't click
It did feel a bit “rent a rapper” passed the peak of the trend, and the video is CRINGE. Personally I really like the song and it works much better in the context of the album and I don’t think it was a disaster, but I can see how it didn’t work as the comeback single from Texas.