Thursday, July 8, 2010

on the edge of life

After "Better Than Love", Hurts' debut single, seemed to do a header off the side of a tall building, they are finally releasing the song we all thought should've been their entree into the shiny world of pop.

Speaking of jumping off buildings, check out the lovely sleeve artwork. It appears they've discovered the beauty of color photography!

"Wonderful Life" will be released on August 23. Apparently, it has been slightly reswizzled for popular consumption. Let's hope those Arthur Baker mixes are part of the CD format. Not much can be done with them since they've only been made available on a picture disc 12" single. Is this 1983? Enough with the picture discs! Kthx.
By the way, Freemasons have just submitted their storming take on "Wonderful Life". Quite an amazing set of mixes have been commissioned of this potential classic. Let's see how this shakes out in the charts.

Hurts' highly anticipated album, "Happiness", will hit "shops" on September 6. By "highly anticipated", I'm referring to myself and a few of my music obsessed friends.


  1. Hihihi. How about, "By "highly anticipated", I mean a debut at #122, never to be heard of again"?

  2. Aw, I love picture discs. I know, I'm probably the only one left.

    "Wonderful Life" is an ace tune. And yes, it's nice to see a bit of colour on that cover!

  3. Love the picture. And this reminds me, I have a present for you... and it hurts.

  4. I have been able to spread HURTS interest to a good number of friends in the past few weeks. There is something about this band that anyone who appreciated pop music of the last 25 yrs just gets! They may be a band out of time, but I feel like I need this band and album right about now.

  5. @Echorich - I agree. They touch on a lot of the best pop music of the last couple of decades. Their visuals are enigmatic enough to pull you into their music. It enhances it.

    It's somewhat intelligent. It's memorable and melodic. And for those reasons they seem to be out of step. But that's what makes them interesting, as well.

    There's a lot riding on the album. I hope it's as good as we hope and expect!

  6. "Let's hope those Arthur Baker mixes are part of the CD format. Not much can be done with them since they've only been made available on a picture disc 12" single."

    Not too sure what you meant by that, but that Baker remix has been licensed to the annual Kitsune comp. We'll see how things play out, but that Arthur Baker remix may be Hurts' link to their primary consumer base- the hipster/indie/nu-disco crowd. Kitsune really did SONY a favor in my opinion.

  7. @The Music Gourmandizer - I don't think they've been made commercially available in digital form. Issuing them on a picture disc 12" is a waste of time and money. It's not even the cool hipster thing to do.

    Sure, Kitsune may have done Sony a favor, but let's get real. Make the cool shizzy available to the masses. Sometimes playing it too cool hurts. Pardon the pun.

  8. I agree. A majority HAS been available in digital form though through their own site, a select UK retailers and iTunes. The only thing that's NOT out there digitally is Wonderful Life (original mix) and the b1 cut on the Better Than Love EP, Mother Nature.

    Sony has blatantly gone out of their way though in terms of playing it "too cool" and hopefully it doesn't hurt them. Great pun by the way. I'm afraid it will hurt them though as things just don't work like that anymore. Secondly, as I pointed out several times, all of the Hurts 7" EPs are garbage as far as quality and weight. The 7" I get sent over from Polydor (Interscope-Universal) could knock a grown man out cold. It shows a lack of experience on Sony's part and being out of touch with alternative consumer bases. Mind you I'm 23 years old so if we're all in agreement in our responses, and I'm sure I'm one of the younger individuals in this forum, then Sony has a huge problem! Who does they think they're speaking to? Again, hopefully Sony looks towards indie imprints and lifestyle brands such as Kitsune to assist them and put them back in touch.