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  • Audio CD (July 1, 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Blue Plate Caroline
  • ASIN: B000000HZH
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #197,205 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Because You're Frightened
2. Model Worker
3. I'm A Party
4. You Never Knew Me
5. Philadelphia
6. I Want to Burn Again
7. Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)
8. Sweetheart Contract
9. Stuck
10. A Song From Under The Floorboards

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It's one of those non-singles that is tucked into an album.
alexander laurence
As for all these critics who have kept you in the dark all this time, I will personally pay each and every one a visit to give them a Singapore caning to the face.
Howard Devoto
If Nabokov had formed a rock band instead of writing novels, it might have sounded like this.
B. Fulton

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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Howard Devoto on December 24, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Devoto's Magazine was clearly progressively ahead of all British and American contemporary prog-rockers in its day. They effortlessly placed abstract musical concepts alongside Devoto's signature mordant wit.
When 'The Correct Use Of Soap' was first released, it was not the blatant commercial compromise that some deaf rock critics have incorrectly suggested. Rather, it just wasn't as 'clanky' as their two previous efforts and therefore more spinnable for radio. 'TCUOS' was a tentative step in the direction of new-wave that the post-punk/prog-rockers were at the time taking. Only Magazine took each step fitted in avant-garde shoes.
Each individual song on 'TCUOS' has its own stark merits from the next. 'Model Worker' sounds like a Pere Ubu that's not afriad to get its lyrical wires crossed. 'Because Your Frightened' unquestionably exemplified avant-punk even better than Wire of Gang of Four did. 'Philadelphia' sounds like a more subdued (but brainier) Jesus Lizard.
Magazine is without a doubt the greatest band of all time. Sure, there are a bunch of overpaid charlatans posing as music critics who have led you to falsely believe otherwise all these years. Because they share this opinion collectively, I refuse to acknowledge any of them as members of the human race. Anyone who has heard this band's recordings surely must concur. If not, they must fall in the same catagory.

Magazine remains to this day an undiscovered gem even in a time when Nick Drake has been culled out of the archives. There's absolutely no excuse for that. Do yourself a favour and purchase Magazine's first four LP's whilst you're still alive. You won't regret it.
As for all these critics who have kept you in the dark all this time, I will personally pay each and every one a visit to give them a Singapore caning to the face.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Pieter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 17, 2003
Format: Audio CD
This third album by the legendary band Magazine is generally considered more accessible than Real Life or Second Hand Daylight. There's something almost classical in the arrangements and the playing although the music still has the punk edge, especially on songs like Because You're Frightened and Model Worker. You Never Knew Me with Laura Teresa's atmospheric backing vocals is particularly graceful and moving. Ever the poet, Devoto rhymes 'philadelphia' with 'healthier' on the song of that title. I Want To Be Burn Again has its eerie moments and the arrangement, especially the swirling cascading synths, reminds me of what Peter Murphy would do later in the eighties. The Sly Stone cover Thank You (Fallettin Be Mice Elf Agin) could probably be termed 'plastic funk' by analogy with David Bowie's plastic soul on Young Americans. But the highlight of the album for me remains the weird atmospheric Song From Under The Floorboards, an awesome number with mysterious hypnotic appeal. To me, it's on a par with Devoto's strange masterpiece called Rubbish on the Luxuria album. Devoto is a man of many talents but unfortunately not prolific enough. This album is therefore to be treasured.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By B. Fulton on December 6, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Oasis, The Stone Roses, Happy Mondays, The Smiths, Joy Division/New Order, The Buzzcocks, Gang of Four, The Charlatans UK, The La's. Any day now people will start writing doctoral dissertations about why the world's greatest rock bands have come from Manchester, Leeds, and Liverpool. Add to that list Magazine, perhaps the most criminally overlooked of all Manchester bands. "The Correct Use of Soap" is one sly, powerful left hook full of lyrical wordplay, frightfully intelligent arrangements, and stylish sentiment. If Nabokov had formed a rock band instead of writing novels, it might have sounded like this.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By alexander laurence on December 7, 2004
Format: Audio CD
When this album came out in 1980 I listened to it for months. It didn't sound like any record out at the time. It was literary. It went beyond the limitations of punk. Does any good punk record have keyboards on it? "Because You're Frightened" sounds like a encapsulation of the first two records. "Model Worker" is a hyper ballad for real. It is a commentary on America and the work ethic. "I'm A Party" sounds a lot like the fourth record. I didn't relally care for that one. This is Magazine's last great recording. "Philadelphia" is modern funk at breakneck speed. It's not really sure what this song is about. There are many references to America in general on this whole album. Maybe they were getting into Philly Soul and Sly Stone at this point? "I Want To Burn Again" sounds like Bowie. John McGeogh's guitar on this song (and others) is amazing and often copied. McGeogh left the band after this record and joined Siouzsie and The Banshees and PIL. "Sweetheart Contract" is a great song. It's one of those non-singles that is tucked into an album. This album has no filler. It's starts off great and end brilliantly with "A Song From Under The Floorboards." This is a song that takes its inspiration from Doestoevsky. His book "Notes From The Underground" should be checked out. This is a song that is written from the point of the view of its protagonist. This song is world weary. It is nihilistic. "I know the meaning of life, it doesn't help me a bit..." is a great line and sums up everything that Magazine was about. If Magazine would have stopped here, they would have probably been regarded in the same light as Sex Pistols, Ramones, and Wire. But they went on and did another uninspired album (without McGeogh) and messed it up. I haven't heard this record for years. Then when I was in New York City, it was all anyone was playing in clubs. It had been rediscovered by a new generation.
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