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The Best Of Jona Lewie

Jona Lewie

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Irrepressibly quirky or frankly eccentric? Either way, an hour-plus in the company of the best of Jona Lewie is sufficient to induce fits of gleeful air piano playing in the most discriminating listener -- an hour-plus, that is, in the thrall of such offbeat pop classics as "Stop the Cavalry" and "Louise," the demented travelogue of "Hallelujah Europa," the wallflowering anthem of "You'll Always Find Me in the Kitchen at Parties," then on and on for 22 tracks until you reach the closing cover of Devo's "Be Stiff" -- and you thought the Mothersbaugh brothers were weird? Charting Lewie's entire Stiff label career from the opening single, "The Baby, She's on the Street" (later covered by Ian Matthews), and democratically dividing the tracks between each of the ensuing albums, The Best of Jona Lewie falters only in that democracy. Arguably, the collection would have been served had it absorbed his On the Other Hand There's a Fist debut album in its entirety (four tracks are missing), while the period B-side "Police Trap" is also conspicuous by its absence. There is great joy, however, in being reacquainted with later gems "I Think I'll Get My Hair Cut," "Rearranging the Deckchairs on the Titanic," and "The Seed That Always Died," and the upshot is, if you enjoy the first half of The Best of Jona Lewie, there's nothing to prevent you enjoying the rest.
© Dave Thompson /TiVo

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1
You'll Always Find Me In The Kitchen At Parties
00:03:07

John Lewis, Producer - Jona Lewie, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Keith Trussell, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1980 Stiff Records Ltd.

2
Louise (We'll Get It Right)
00:03:43

Jona Lewie, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Bob Andrews, Producer

A Stiff Records Recording; ℗ 1981 Universal Music Operations Limited

3
Stop The Cavalry
00:02:55

Jona Lewie, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Bob Andrews, Producer

A Stiff Records Recording; ℗ 1980 Universal Music Operations Limited

4
The Baby, She's On The Street
00:02:21

John Lewis, Producer - Jona Lewie, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Keith Trussell, ComposerLyricist

A Stiff Records Recording; ℗ 1978 Universal Music Operations Limited

5
Big Shot Momentarily
00:02:57

John Lewis, Producer - Jona Lewie, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Keith Trussell, ComposerLyricist

A Stiff Records Recording; ℗ 1978 Universal Music Operations Limited

6
The Seed That Always Died
00:03:37

Jona Lewie, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Bob Andrews, Producer

A Stiff Records Recording; ℗ 1980 Universal Music Operations Limited

7
I Think I'll Get My Haircut
00:02:56

Jona Lewie, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Bob Andrews, Producer

A Stiff Records Recording; ℗ 1980 Universal Music Operations Limited

8
Heart Skips Beat
00:02:08

Jona Lewie, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Bob Andrews, Producer

A Stiff Records Recording; ℗ 1980 Universal Music Operations Limited

9
It Will Never Go Wrong
00:02:16

Jona Lewie, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Bob Andrews, Producer

A Stiff Records Recording; ℗ 1980 Universal Music Operations Limited

10
Love Detonator
00:03:55

Jona Lewie, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Bob Andrews, Producer

A Stiff Records Recording; ℗ 1980 Universal Music Operations Limited

11
I'll Be Here
00:02:54

Jona Lewie, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Bob Andrews, Producer

A Stiff Records Recording; ℗ 1980 Universal Music Operations Limited

12
Shaggy Raggy
00:03:11

Jona Lewie, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Bob Andrews, Producer

A Stiff Records Recording; ℗ 1980 Universal Music Operations Limited

13
Vous et moi
00:02:10

John Lewis, Producer - Jona Lewie, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Keith Trussell, ComposerLyricist

A Stiff Records Recording; ℗ 1978 Universal Music Operations Limited

14
What Have I Done
00:02:45

Jona Lewie, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Bob Andrews, Producer

A Stiff Records Recording; ℗ 1980 Universal Music Operations Limited

15
Hallelujah Europa
00:04:03

John Lewis, Producer - Jona Lewie, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Keith Trussell, ComposerLyricist

A Stiff Records Recording; ℗ 1978 Universal Music Operations Limited

16
On The Road
00:02:41

John Lewis, Producer - Jona Lewie, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Keith Trussell, ComposerLyricist

A Stiff Records Recording; ℗ 1978 Universal Music Operations Limited

17
Heart Of Steel
00:03:29

Jona Lewie, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Bob Andrews, Producer

A Stiff Records Recording; ℗ 1980 Universal Music Operations Limited

18
Laughing Tonight
00:02:06

John Lewis, Producer - Jona Lewie, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

A Stiff Records Recording; ℗ 1978 Universal Music Operations Limited

19
Feeling Stupid
00:03:36

John Lewis, Producer - Jona Lewie, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Keith Trussell, ComposerLyricist

A Stiff Records Recording; ℗ 1978 Universal Music Operations Limited

20
The Last Supper At The Masquerade
00:04:05

John Lewis, Producer - Jona Lewie, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Keith Trussell, ComposerLyricist

A Stiff Records Recording; ℗ 1978 Universal Music Operations Limited

21
Rearranging The Deckchairs On The Titanic
00:03:28

Jona Lewie, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Bob Andrews, Producer

A Stiff Records Recording; ℗ 1980 Universal Music Operations Limited

22
Be Stiff
00:09:07

John Lewis, Producer - Jona Lewie, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Keith Trussell, ComposerLyricist

A Stiff Records Recording; ℗ 1978 Universal Music Operations Limited

Album Description

Irrepressibly quirky or frankly eccentric? Either way, an hour-plus in the company of the best of Jona Lewie is sufficient to induce fits of gleeful air piano playing in the most discriminating listener -- an hour-plus, that is, in the thrall of such offbeat pop classics as "Stop the Cavalry" and "Louise," the demented travelogue of "Hallelujah Europa," the wallflowering anthem of "You'll Always Find Me in the Kitchen at Parties," then on and on for 22 tracks until you reach the closing cover of Devo's "Be Stiff" -- and you thought the Mothersbaugh brothers were weird? Charting Lewie's entire Stiff label career from the opening single, "The Baby, She's on the Street" (later covered by Ian Matthews), and democratically dividing the tracks between each of the ensuing albums, The Best of Jona Lewie falters only in that democracy. Arguably, the collection would have been served had it absorbed his On the Other Hand There's a Fist debut album in its entirety (four tracks are missing), while the period B-side "Police Trap" is also conspicuous by its absence. There is great joy, however, in being reacquainted with later gems "I Think I'll Get My Hair Cut," "Rearranging the Deckchairs on the Titanic," and "The Seed That Always Died," and the upshot is, if you enjoy the first half of The Best of Jona Lewie, there's nothing to prevent you enjoying the rest.
© Dave Thompson /TiVo

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