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Prefer the remix, more laid back and love the piano
Baffled as to why the single remix wasn't included on Further Listening. Did they not want to give a cut to Brothers in Rhythm?
If I remember correctly Neil stated that they ditched Miserablism as they didn't want anything 'spiky and peculiar' spoiling the beauty of the album. And Miserablism does sound like a cactus playing a xylophone.
Yes, for me HCYETBTS doesn't fit the general mood of the album and that new jack swing style sounds very very dated, unlike the rest of the album. I was going to suggest that, rather than Miserablism, "Hey Headmaster" would have made a better replacement (yes, I know it wasn't released till 1993 but accroding to geowayne's site, Neil had written it long before he and Chris even met).York Minster wrote: ↑Mon 27 Aug 2018, 9:35 amIn my view, this track gets way too much duff.
Either listeners feel the track doesn't fit in, or that the single mix is superior, or both. Or they don't care for new jack swing.
To me, though, this is ultra classico PSB. You get the biting social wit and commentary, which while still present in the single mix, puts a chill on the finger wagging. The sounds, the synth stabs, the sound and vocal manipulation. are glorious. There is a lot of Chris in this track. Neil's echo-y vocals float perfectly above. Did this even need a single mix? Isn't this a perfect single as is?
An intelligent aural feast. Perfect PSB.
The other problem with HCYETBTS is that, by Fundamental, the boys themselves had become the very thing they once mocked, celebrities using their exalted status to preach about politics!
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