REVIEW: The London Quireboys – “Hey You” (1990 cassette single)

THE LONDON QUIREBOYS – “Hey You” (1990 Capitol cassette single)

A curiosity unique to cassette.  The UK 12″ single for “Hey You” included a live “Hoochie Coochie Man” on the B-side.  It and the 7″ single also contained the album track “Sex Party”.  You could get these same tracks on the CD single, but the cassette went with a different route.

The A-side common to all is of course “Hey You” from the hit debut album A Bit Of What You Fancy. It sounds classic from first crash of guitar. The Stones-y Faces vibe is immediately apparent, and fondly recalls the summer of 1990 when the need for such a sound heralded in the Quireboys and Black Crowes.  It was completely unlike everything out by Motley Crue, Bon Jovi, and Warrant.  Its refreshing reliance on slide guitar still sounds great in the speakers, but the rasp of singer Spike is its most defining trait.

The first B-side is the roudy “Sex Party” from the album.  The boogie piano keeps it kickin’ hard.  But then the cassette goes its own way with two additional tracks.  They are severely edited versions of hit singles “I Don’t Love You Anymore” and “7 O’Clock”.  Both fade out prematurely just as the songs are getting awesome!

The whole thing repeats on both sides.  The idea is to give the kids incentive to go out and buy the album next time.  Save your allowances and buy the album to get the full songs.  Such teases!  Just as Spike is telling us what time it is, adding that it’s also “time for the party”, the song fades and the side ends!

Can’t realistically rate something like this very high.  While the two full tracks are both awesome, it’s hard to justify buying this tape today as anything other than a curiosity.  The cassette still sounds good after 31 years though!

2/5 stars

19 comments

        1. BWAHAHA. That’s funny. I don’t remember liking this movie very much. The premise itself is pretty absurb, how do you have a climax where Arnold fights the devil? I remember liking parts of Gabriel’s performance. There was a “where was God?” speech that he did well on.

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  1. Cassette Single…man that is a blast from the past. I would definitely pick up the Bon Jovi and Def Leppard ones, didn’t usually buy any other bands. For just a few dollars more you could get the whole album so I would do that, except for these guys only because there was so much out there, they fell be the wayside for me as my dollars could only go so far.

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  2. Cassettes. So hot right now. Cassette singles? Scorching. I remember those fades, I had a few that did that. They usually just made us mad the whole song wasn’t there, though, not prompt us to buy the whole record lol.

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      1. Aw, we were kids. What the hell did we know. I still has some of my cassette singles, though. In a box somewhere. Oh damn, I’ll bet they’re out of order for my series too. Dammit, now I need to find that box!

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