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  • Vinyl
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: STIFF
  • ASIN: B0055TN058
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 847,548 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By N. Phillips on 10 Mar. 2010
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I love this LP. I used to play it non-stop. And now finally on CD. Wow!

My favourite track was definitely She Gets Out The Scrapbook - fantastic story telling lyrics, emotionally charged, written with a passion that really comes out of the music and twisting vocals, "did we really live like this"?

Brilliant Mind was the biggest selling single - and it is a brilliant track. Catchy, moody, bouncy, all the best of 80s electro-pop, full bodied melodies, love the sax, and clear strong vocals.

Shake Like Judy Shakes and Love Your Shoes, carry on the bouncy themes of Brilliant Mind. I Miss You, slows down a notch, and then we enter the more manic melodies of Pierre's Fight and the Sound of the Bell and Escape Into My Arms. Great tracks all, least that's how I remember it.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By M. Cahill on 21 April 2010
Format: Audio CD
When Furniture appeared seemingly out of nowhere with Brilliant Mind and this album in 1986, I was inclined to see them as the only real competition to The Smiths in terms of a British band capable of great wit, intelligence and emotional depth with a distinctive style and top notch songs. And with better singing. It's debatable even as to whether The Smiths ever produced anything as cohesive as The Wrong People, never mind at their first attempt at a full length album. While the bonus B-sides, remixes and particularly unreleased demos are all welcome, it is the original long player that more than justifies the purchase. Barely recognisable as a product of the 80s, every track stands up well today. Never have jazz rhythms, melodies and inflections been married to pop music in such a palatable way (we are not talking Simply Red here). Occasionally veering on avant garde like the cacophonous sections of the single, anchored to fantastic tunes and lyrics that ring so true they border on painful, it's still a gripping listen. I take the meaning of the title to be about falling in love with the wrong people but there's black humour in all but most despairing tracks and the album proper ends on an upbeat resolution. I'm inclined to agree with most fans that the astonishing centrepiece She Gets Out The Scrapbook is the standout track but I am yet to hear a better opening salvo to an album than the first 6 tracks here. Comparisons are difficult so the best thing is to say that if you liked Brilliant Mind there are an embarrassment of riches to be discovered herein.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By S. Nash on 7 May 2010
Format: Audio CD
It's hard to believe that some 24 years ago Furniture released their third album "The wrong people". The band had been doing the rounds in the late 1970's, their first mini album "When the boom was on" released in 1983 was a low key, semi jazzy affair, even so the grit, humour and that dark streak of trademark Furniture was present (the album even featured the original version of "I miss you"). The band's second album "The lovemongers" was more accomplished, still sparse, but just as gritty, the band had developed their sound and in places and it was clear to hear just how good this band were, the original version of "Love your shoes" was enough to hook anyone in, anyone that heard it that was and sadly at the time very few had.

By 1986, little else had been heard of the band until the excellent news that the band had signed to the successful Stiff label and that an album was imminent, at last, a large label had heard the potential in this band that only the select few had been enjoying for the previous three years. The first single from the album "Brilliant mind" was well, brilliant, amazing lyrics, punchy bass, it set a mood, told a story, finally the public took notice, it made number 21 in the UK charts, suddenly the future looked extremely bright. The wrong people" was released later that year, it was a masterpiece, the production, the strings, the keys, everything had been turned up five notches from the sparse production of the first two albums. The songs were flawless, the opening "Shake like Judy says", washed over the listner creating a desperate ache, it fell stright into the re-worked "Love your shoes", it was full throttle Furniture (how this single failed to chart is beyond belief).
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By CakeMonster on 20 April 2010
Format: Audio CD
I bought this album on cassette when I was about 12. 2 or 3 years ago it was stretched beyond recognition and I actually mourned it.

Most people only vaguely remember "Brilliant Mind", which is such a shame, because all of the songs are really powerful in different ways. When it arrived I was nervous that it wouldn't stand the test of time. I literally led down and played the whole thing from beginning to end without moving. It is the only album I don't skip tracks on, ever. Yes, you can still tell it was made in the 80s but there is something utterly timeless there too. If I had to burn my entire music collection and only keep one, I wouldn't even think about it, there's no way I'm losing it twice.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. H Chinaski on 26 Dec. 2010
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Is Furniture's 1986 masterpeice 'The Wrong People' the most prothetic album title of all time?. Surely no other band in the history of popular music has ever had to endure the number of record label mishaps that this incredible british group had to. Only the Led Zeppelin bothering Terry Reid could possibly challenge for the title of the 'Most Wronged Muscician' award, take note NME for this is an award just waiting to happen.

Formed in 1979 in the Ealing are of London by founding members Jim Irvin (vocals/keyboards), Tim Whelan (guitar/vocals/piano), Hamilton Lee (drums), Sally Still (bass) and Maya Gilder (keyboards), Furniture should by rights take their place alongside such luminaries of the era The Smiths, The Cure & The Triffids. The band spent their first two years busy becoming one of britain's finest jobbing live bands. These two years cultimated with the release of the band's first single 'Sahking Story' (which was released on their self-made record label The Guy From Paraguay). Their first LP (1983's 'When The Boom Was On') was released on the Survival record label before the band finally signed for their spiritual home, Stiff records. This should have been a match made in heaven but shortly after the band released their first material for the label (1986's phenomenol EP 'Brilliant Mind'), Stiff records fell into serious financial troubles which put the dampners on their next work (single 'Love Your Shoes'). The label were unable to press enough copies for the demand and the songs fate was sealed. This is one of music's great tragedys as 'Love Your Shoes' was a serious chart contender which in the midweek airplay chart was actually ahead of Madonna for the then coveted British number one place.
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