Chris Rea - C or D/S & D

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As in the question... I'm curious to hear people's thoughts on Mr Rea.

Tom May (Tom May), Tuesday, 13 January 2004 14:19 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

not bad since joining Gomez

stevem (blueski), Tuesday, 13 January 2004 14:33 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

decent pipe-and-slippers singles artist. i find "stainsbury girl" very powerful. "steel river" is quite a good epic, it's his "paranoid android", if you will.

weasel diesel (K1l14n), Tuesday, 13 January 2004 14:36 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

"There are women and children in boats on the sea, crying and dying like Jews / Do you like Tennis?"

weasel diesel (K1l14n), Tuesday, 13 January 2004 14:37 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Unfortunately the rest of the Tennis album is utterly shit apart from the frankly astonishing opening song quoted by Killian, and the closing power-ballad about the horribilitude of a steel mill closing down called "Stick it"

The steel mill closes down tonight
As the dying embers fade
And all the guys are too tired for tears
Checking their final pay
Those razored sabres of steel they made
They never got to hold
So many sold, millions
Silence in the bar tonight
And some aren't even here
And red eyes gaze uncertainly
Deep down into their beer
And the Holy Ghost surrounds you with faith
And peace of mind
And love is all around you everywhere

Stick it
Stick it out

We're sure if you try
You'll get by
Find a way

Stick it
Stick it out

We're sure if you try
You'll get by
Find a way

They tell you it's all over
They don't need you anymore
You hear him shout "bring the next one in"
As you're walking out the door
Decisions for so many dictated by so few
A free man for the first time
What are you gonna do now

Stick it
Stick it out

We're sure if you try
You'll get by
Find a way

He ain't too bad, our Chris, but he's nowhere near the genius of DeBurgh in the silly stakes.

Lynskey (Lynskey), Tuesday, 13 January 2004 14:47 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Classic for the Channel 5 Christmas ident alone...

William Bloody Swygart (mrswygart), Tuesday, 13 January 2004 14:47 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Road to Hell is in many ways his OK Computer.

Lynskey (Lynskey), Tuesday, 13 January 2004 14:52 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I seem to recall Rea's "On The Beach" (1986) being highly rated in some quarters... I sort of started this thread as I'd just managed to buy that album for £2.99 in a Borders sale.

Tom May (Tom May), Tuesday, 13 January 2004 14:56 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

An anagram of his name is "Rich Arse".

That's about as interesting as he gets.

Dadaismus (Dada), Tuesday, 13 January 2004 14:58 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

one year passes...
Classic: Josephine (and the version Francaise remix if you can get hold of it).

I can take or leave the rest of Rea's stuff that I've heard.

avery keen-gardner (avery keen-gardner), Saturday, 23 July 2005 21:23 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Do Brits understand than, in the US, he was a one hit wonder? Though the hit ("Fool if You Think It's Over", 1978 or so) was a big one, and a good one.

xhuxk, Sunday, 24 July 2005 01:42 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

three years pass...

i used to hear "on the beach" on the radio a lot in the late 80s. Then i started to hear it frequently in pharmacies, department stores, and furniture stores in the early to mid 90s. Awful, awful song.

Shushtari (res), Monday, 15 September 2008 03:59 (ten years ago) Permalink

Incorrect. I still love it even though he is a Tory scumshite.

Marcello Carlin, Monday, 15 September 2008 07:55 (ten years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

Wait, so "The Road to Hell" predated Leonard Cohen's "The Future" (and clearly predated Dylan's "Things Have Changed")?

This feels like the middle ground between Nick Cave and Spandau Ballet, but props where props are due, and he must have felt pissed off when he heard those two other songs.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=abZlWqVeLzg

A Chart Hit of Some Sort (Eazy), Friday, 3 September 2010 03:26 (eight years ago) Permalink

Then again, maybe Whitesnake was pissed that the prelude is like "Slow 'n' Easy pt. 2."

A Chart Hit of Some Sort (Eazy), Friday, 3 September 2010 03:31 (eight years ago) Permalink

As a Michael Mann stan, how can I not be into this?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jffsG0VR4Gw&feature=related

A Chart Hit of Some Sort (Eazy), Friday, 3 September 2010 03:37 (eight years ago) Permalink

Also, from Wikipedia:
Politics
In August 2008 it was erroniously reported that Rea had donated £25,000 to the Conservative Party [17]. This was followed by further incorrect reports in April 2010, just weeks before the UK general election, that Rea had donated a further £100,000 to the Conservatives[18]. The donations were in fact made by a businessman called Chris Rea and not the musician Chris Rea. This error has been acknowledged by The Daily Mail newspaper, which printed a retraction [19].

A Chart Hit of Some Sort (Eazy), Friday, 3 September 2010 03:45 (eight years ago) Permalink

Still awful.

Lazarus Niles-Burnham (res), Friday, 3 September 2010 03:46 (eight years ago) Permalink

I'll disavow all this in the morning.

A Chart Hit of Some Sort (Eazy), Friday, 3 September 2010 03:48 (eight years ago) Permalink

On The Beach, still *ace*. Especially the 'summer 88' remix (although having said that there's not a huge difference between the 2 versions).

piscesx, Friday, 3 September 2010 04:58 (eight years ago) Permalink

five years pass...

That's a lovely tune alright. I always liked Chris Rea, even as a kid his tunes always stood out when played on the radio

Neptune Bingo (Michael B), Sunday, 15 May 2016 23:29 (two years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

this is my new favourite chris rea jam:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nyJwM5_uT9k

i'm surprised to see your screwface at the door (NickB), Monday, 12 March 2018 23:11 (six months ago) Permalink

i do like this slightly bonkers one too, chris in weird tropical skank mode:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6H7YVocYhEE

i'm surprised to see your screwface at the door (NickB), Monday, 12 March 2018 23:13 (six months ago) Permalink

bombooooooooooooooo

i'm surprised to see your screwface at the door (NickB), Monday, 12 March 2018 23:14 (six months ago) Permalink

this one is also really nice in a jj cale meets john martyn sort of way, but the chorus does make him sound like a huge paedo imo:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91pVCQVb4-A

i'm surprised to see your screwface at the door (NickB), Monday, 12 March 2018 23:18 (six months ago) Permalink

top notch chilled yacht rock sounds:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FT6GJnpeSE4

i'm surprised to see your screwface at the door (NickB), Monday, 12 March 2018 23:20 (six months ago) Permalink

this sounds like a dry run for josephine:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FjJtvKHjefQ

i'm surprised to see your screwface at the door (NickB), Monday, 12 March 2018 23:22 (six months ago) Permalink

this though, fucking hell - what a dream of a song:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4I_iIxd2qCg

i'm surprised to see your screwface at the door (NickB), Monday, 12 March 2018 23:24 (six months ago) Permalink

there are some of his songs where you could conceive of him as kind of middlesbrough's answer to ned doheny. still plenty of dreck in the back catalogue though

i'm surprised to see your screwface at the door (NickB), Monday, 12 March 2018 23:29 (six months ago) Permalink

The first CD my parents bought new in summer '89 was New Light Through Old Windows because a cousin, who to this day works for the Gloria Estefan org, recommended it after hearing it "non-stop" in Europe during the '88 Let it Loose tour.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 12 March 2018 23:45 (six months ago) Permalink

some solid jams on that

i'm surprised to see your screwface at the door (NickB), Monday, 12 March 2018 23:49 (six months ago) Permalink

actually i'm just looking at the tracklisting and they left 'fool if you think it's over' off the US version, but otoh you were also spared the horror of 'driving home for christmas'

i'm surprised to see your screwface at the door (NickB), Monday, 12 March 2018 23:51 (six months ago) Permalink

"Fool (If You Think It's Over)" is an excellent, spare studio rock recording at the era's zenith that manages to avoid its commonplaces -- and isn't killed by American recurrent airplay.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 13 March 2018 00:00 (six months ago) Permalink

yeah it’s wonderful and quite underrated over here now I think

i'm surprised to see your screwface at the door (NickB), Tuesday, 13 March 2018 00:14 (six months ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUM88et2SZ0

This one is my shit, should make my eventual best songs of ‘98 list

Listen to my homeboy Fantano (D-40), Tuesday, 13 March 2018 01:36 (six months ago) Permalink

deej, that's a beautiful song -- want to blast it from my balcony.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 13 March 2018 02:06 (six months ago) Permalink

nice, i hadn’t heard that before

i'm surprised to see your screwface at the door (NickB), Tuesday, 13 March 2018 05:47 (six months ago) Permalink

When I was fourteen I listened to Chris Rea and only Chris Rea for about a year or so.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Tuesday, 13 March 2018 08:14 (six months ago) Permalink

im really curious if that song was somehow the uh inspiration for deepest blue by deepest blue
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HpQ5UEz0HSM

Listen to my homeboy Fantano (D-40), Tuesday, 13 March 2018 09:11 (six months ago) Permalink

Dead? No.

Buff Jeckley (Tom D.), Tuesday, 13 March 2018 09:53 (six months ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yUY8wFaG1FE

Buff Jeckley (Tom D.), Tuesday, 13 March 2018 10:03 (six months ago) Permalink

When I was fourteen I listened to Chris Rea and only Chris Rea for about a year or so.

that's what being 14 is all about imo - obsessive dedication to questionable aesthetics. what were your favourite tracks? do you still like them? any deep cuts / dubbed out weirdo b-sides that we're missing?

i'm surprised to see your screwface at the door (NickB), Tuesday, 13 March 2018 10:31 (six months ago) Permalink

I'd have to revisit them actually, it's been a while. And this thread made me want to do just that. But from what I can remember it was the whole Water Sign - Wired To The Moon - Shamrock Diaries - On The Beach - Dancing With Strangers and then New Light... cycle, with shifting allegiances. They were originally my father's but I made them mine, then forgot about them when I left home and decided to find my own path, I guess. But the feeling of listening to them over and over again in my bedroom has remained, and since my father died a year ago I have been thinking about them more often. I'm going to try to dive in a bit over the next weeks. Will keep you updated.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Tuesday, 13 March 2018 12:11 (six months ago) Permalink

please do!

i'm surprised to see your screwface at the door (NickB), Tuesday, 13 March 2018 12:27 (six months ago) Permalink

"I can hear your heartbeat" was one of those tunes I waited by the radio all day so I could get a chance to tape it

I think Rea was huge in Ireland before anywhere else iirc?

well bissogled trotters (Michael B), Tuesday, 13 March 2018 12:50 (six months ago) Permalink

huge

the clodding of the american mind (darraghmac), Tuesday, 13 March 2018 14:57 (six months ago) Permalink

I think I used to get Chris Rea and Chris De Burgh confused.

Buff Jeckley (Tom D.), Tuesday, 13 March 2018 15:14 (six months ago) Permalink

And then there's Stephen Rea. Never liked that guy.

Buff Jeckley (Tom D.), Tuesday, 13 March 2018 15:15 (six months ago) Permalink


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