Short Back 'n' Sides

Short Back 'n' Sides is the fifth studio album by Ian Hunter. Unsure of which direction he should take, Ian Hunter finally decided to collaborate with Mick Jones, who gave Hunter's songs a tougher and heavier touch. Fellow Clash member Topper Headon as well as Mick Ronson, Todd Rundgren and Ellen Foley also appeared on this album.

Short Back n' Sides
Short Back 'n' Sides album cover.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 29, 1981
GenreRock
Length44:55 (Original release)
105:38 (2CD edition)
LabelChrysalis
ProducerMick Jones, Mick Ronson
Ian Hunter chronology
Welcome to the Club
(1980)
Short Back n' Sides
(1981)
All of the Good Ones Are Taken
(1983)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic[1]

In 1995, Chrysalis released a 2 CD set with a remastered version of the album and bonus CD with outtakes of the Chrysalis period.[2] The track "Noises" is an experimental track with many samples used as part of the song and "Theatre of the Absurd" is Ian's only reggae song, inspired by the Ladbroke Grove area of London.

Track listingEdit

All songs written by Ian Hunter; except where indicated

  1. "Central Park n' West" – 4:00
  2. "Lisa Likes Rock n' Roll" – 3:56
  3. "I Need Your Love" – 3:34
  4. "Old Records Never Die" – 4:18
  5. "Noises" (Ian Hunter, Tommy Morrongiello) – 5:51
  6. "Rain" – 5:54
  7. "Gun Control" – 3:12
  8. "Theatre of the Absurd" – 5:49
  9. "Leave Me Alone" – 3:29
  10. "Keep on Burning" – 4:46

1995 Bonus CD (Long Odds and Out-takes)Edit

  1. "Detroit" (rough mix – instrumental) – 3:42
  2. "Na Na Na" – 4:13
  3. "I Need Your Love" (rough mix) – 3:46
  4. "Rain" (alternative mix) – 5:50
  5. "I Believe in You" – 4:15
  6. "Listen to the Eight Track" – 6:08
  7. "You Stepped Into My Dreams" – 4:41
  8. "Venus in the Bathtub" – 4:29
  9. "Theatre of the Absurd" – 6:08
  10. "Detroit" (out take 5 – vocal) – 4:00
  11. "Na Na Na" (extended mix) – 4:29
  12. "China" (Mick Ronson vocal) – 4:36
  13. "Old Records Never Die" (version 1) – 4:18

PersonnelEdit

Technical

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ "Ian Hunter LP/CD: "Short Back 'n' Sides"". Hunter-mott.com. Retrieved 9 March 2012.