The Style Council – Our Favourite Shop (TSCLP2) (1985)


(London, England) – It’s the latest wheeze in creative problem-solving and now crowdsourcing has delivered its verdict on Our Favourite Shop, the sophomore album by England’s the Style Council: a fairly resounding “not bad.”

Researchers broadcast the album on the music crowdsourcing web site to gauge opinions. They were startled by their findings with comments ranging from “It’s pretty good” all the way to “3 out of 5 stars”.

“The thing with crowdsourcing,” explained spokesperson Rebecca DeMornay, “is that it can gather large amounts of information and is relatively inexpensive to obtain; it’s also surprisingly accurate at judging things as arcane as, say, the weight of a water buffalo or the relative ‘okay-ness’ of a Style Council record.”

“There were over 6,000 people taking part in this event, ” continued DeMornay, “And so, by averaging the control group’s reactions, we now know that Our Favourite Shop is an alright-ish record.”

Some participants compared Our Favourite Shop favourably to Culture Club records from around the same time and said that it was “clearly miles better than that fucking John Miles’ horrorshow ‘Music (Was My First Love)'”, but that it “certainly wasn’t as good as Innervisions or Sticky Fingers or, you know, an actual classic.”

No one involved said the record was absolutely shit.

DeMornay said that some placed blame for the Lp’s “fair-to-middling” reception on singer Paul Weller’s vocal limitations: “While there’s no doubting his passion,” offered one participant, “his singing does seem a bit laboured.” Others cited the band’s “right-on” political stance as “obsequious and obvious.” Many claimed that, while they liked the record well enough, they found it hard to get through the whole album without putting on something different: “It’s uncanny,” said one 46-year old who used to have the US version of the album, which had a slight different track-listing and was retitled Internationalists, on cassette, “I feel the same way about the Jam and Paul Weller solo albums as well.”

“I think I prefer ‘Have You Ever Had It Blue’ [from the Absolute Beginners soundtrack Lp] to [the OFS song from which it was re-written] ‘With Everything To Lose’,” added another contributor.

While the overall contents of the actual record were judged slightly above average, over 90% of those responding rated very highly both drummer Steve White and the band’s suits.

Editor: note the Internationalists fanzine inserts above, available for £4.10 for fan club members and £5.60 for non-members.

Published in: on July 18, 2012 at 7:02 pm  Comments (8)  

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  1. i would think that most “modfather” fans now like to think that he had a blistering start to his career before taking a hiatus and disappearing for several years in the 80’s (when the evil industry boffins replaced him with an android clone), before re-emerging triumphantly as a pioneer of dad-rock…

    personally (unlike many of my peers) i’ve never understood what all the fuss is about with this guy… i was really hoping that the style council had put the mockers on his career to the extent that (despite his arrogant claims that he would never do so) he would be forced to reform the jam just to put some food on the table…

  2. This all pretty true – the post and the comment. I don’t actually mind his music but have never been a fan of his voice and that’s important to me.

  3. Sort of agree re the voice but you have to say he writes some good songs – e.g. Down In The Tubestation.

    This remind me: I bought a copy of this album at a booter last year (consults list – in September – 50p – yes, sad I know). It needed a good clean so put it to one side. Got round to cleaning it about 6 months ago, but haven’t got round to playing it yet, What does that say? – probably that my vinyl addiction is now dangerously close to being unhealthy!

  4. I like P. Weller in small doses, but I really enjoy him when I do.

  5. Agree – an average album with above average drumming by Steve White.

    Personally, I only ever dig it out when I fancy listening to “Come to Milton Keynes” which still tickles me, especially after seeing this silly live rendition…

    • ???

    • Hmmm – not sure what happened there. That Scorsayzee track is a killer but I meant to post this:

      • Ah yes.

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