ARTIST: Paul Young
TITLE: No Parlez
YEAR RELEASED: 1983
CHART ACTION: #79 US, #1 UK
SINGLES: Love of the Common People (#45 US, #2 UK), Wherever I Lay My Hat (That’s My Home) (#70 US, #1 UK), Come Back and Stay (#22 US, #4 UK)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: He covers Love Will Tear Us Apart. No, really, he does.
LINEUP: Paul Young, Mark Pinder, Ian Kewley, Matt Irving, Laurie Latham, Steve Bolton, Pino Palladino, among others
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: A very 80’s sounding record with a some big UK hits by covering some decent songs in his amiable blue eyed soul style.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Paul Young struck in the US with the classic MTV song “Come Back and Stay”, which also featured some great bass lines from Pino Palladino. In the UK, “Wherever I Lay My Hat (That’s My Home) struck first, and propelled Young into stardom.
Young’s a decent blue-eyed soul singer. He also has an ear for inventive (or interesting, depending on your ears and passive aggressiveness) interpretations of some classic songs. Yet, the sound of this record is SO dated, with 80’s synths, 80’s drums, 80’s production effects. Right now, it belongs in a damn museum. Also, Young tends to make every song seem happy, even the dour ones.
Also, his cover of “Love Will Tear Us Apart” seems a bit too soon and unneeded. He doesn’t copy Joy Division or Ian Curtis at all, but his delivery is just too…chipper I guess is the best word for it. It led the exiled brigade for me.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: The original CD version wasn’t the album on vinyl. It was different tracks and mixes totally, like everyone wanted the club mixes and not the regular versions.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Yes, a version now exists with the regular album, the club mixes and demos.
GRADE: C: If you really like tinkly keyboards, electronic drums and envelope filtered fretless bass backing a chipper white soul singer…I don’t know what to tell you.