My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
Original album is tracks 1-9.
Brief Background: Penthouse and Pavement is the debut album by UK band Heaven 17. The album was released in September of 1981. The first single from the album “(We Don’t Need This) Fascist Groove Thang” was banned by the BBC for potentially libelous references to then President-Elect Ronald Regan.
What I think: This album is an interesting take on Synthpop in that it has this really cheeky take on Disco built in, which is nice, because the lyrics are pretty heavy. That has the effect of lightening things up. That being said it sometimes moves from cheeky to cheesy as on the songs “(We Don’t Need This) Fascist Groove Thang” and “Soul Warfare”. Still, most of the album is solid. My favorites are the title track “Penthouse and Pavement” and the album closer “We’re Going to Live for a Very Long Time”.
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? It’s borderline as to whether it should be here. It’s solid, but I feel like there is probably something better out there that could take its place.
Rating (Out of 5) 2.5
Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (372/489)
Amount that are new to me: 76%