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Touch Sensitive is the debut solo studio album by Bruce Foxton. It was originally released in 1984, on the record label Arista. Two tracks, "It Makes Me Wonder" and "Trying To Forget You (Vocal Mix)" were co-written by Foxton and Pete Glenister. The remainder of the songs are credited solely to Foxton himself. In March of the same year, fellow Jam counterpart Paul Weller released his first official studio album with the band the Style Council, titled Café Bleu. The album was notably his last recording of original material for twenty-eight years, until he released Back in the Room in 2012. Keen to establish himself as a solo artist after the breakup of the Jam, Foxton enlisted the multiple-award winning producer Steve Lillywhite to give the album a contemporary sound.

Touch Sensitive
Bruce Foxton Touch Sensitive.jpg
Studio album by
Released12 May 1984 (1984-05-12)
Genre
LabelArista
Producer
Bruce Foxton chronology
Touch Sensitive
(1984)
Back in the Room
(2012)
Singles from Touch Sensitive
  1. "Freak"
    Released: 30 July 1983
  2. "This is the Way"
    Released: 29 October 1983
  3. "It Makes Me Wonder"
    Released: 21 April 1984
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[1]
Record Collector2/5 stars[2]

On release, Touch Sensitive received a mixed critical reception on release and retrospectively, which have included criticism that it was too commercial in contrast to his work with the Jam. The album peaked at number 68 on the UK albums chart.[3] Three singles were issued from Touch Sensitive: "Freak", "This is the Way", and "It Makes Me Wonder". The album's lead single, "Freak" was a minor success, peaking at number 23 in the UK. It also provided Foxton with his only Top 40 hit.

The album was re-released on 20 August 2001 on Cherry Red Records featuring rare bonus content. The reissue is a CD with the original album digitally remastered from the original 1/2" mix tapes; the bonus content consists of three associated B-sides, including cover versions of the songs "25 or 6 to 4" by Chicago and "Get Ready" by The Temptations, as well as the song "Sign of the Times", an out-take written by Foxton.

Contents

BackgroundEdit

When Paul Weller decided to split the Jam in 1982, Foxton suddenly found himself as a solo artist with not a lot of confidence. Bolstered by his publisher, he began writing some songs and got together with session musicians to record what would eventually be known as Touch Sensitive.

Some of the musicians working with Foxton were Andy Duncan, Stan Shaw, Anthony Thistlethwaite, Roddy Lorimer, Adrian Lillywhite, and Judd Lander.

The album wasn't bad, but there was no quality control. The label said they saw me as a solo artist and were behind me for four or five albums, they weren't. It transpired they just wanted to cash in while I was still fresh in the Jam fans' heads. Everything I was writing they would say, 'Yeah, that's great.' I like four or five songs on the album, the rest were like a school report, could do better. But, it got me going again.

Critical receptionEdit

Reviewing for AllMusic critic Steve "Spaz" Schnee praised the album stating that the album features "top-notch pop songs with hooks galore" adding that "there are plenty of pure pop gems to satisfy any fan of '80s pop music".[5]

Track listingEdit

Side oneEdit

All tracks written by Bruce Foxton, except where noted.

No.TitleLength
1."Freak"3:28
2."It Makes Me Wonder" (Bruce Foxton, Pete Glenister)4:00
3."This is the Way"3:36
4."My Imagination (S.O.S.)"4:06
5."What I'd Give"5:16

Side twoEdit

No.TitleLength
6."Whatever the Reason"4:35
7."You Make Me Laugh"3:17
8."Are You Ready To Talk"3:37
9."Trying To Forget You (Vocal Mix)" (Foxton, Glenister)5:28
10."Writing's on the Wall (Phase Mix)"4:46
Additional tracks

PersonnelEdit

 
A promotional poster for the album.

Credits are adapted from the album's liner notes.[6]

Additional personnel

Chart performanceEdit

Album

Year Chart Peak
position
Total
weeks
1984 UK Albums Chart[7] 68 4

Singles UK Singles Chart

Year Single Chart Peak
position
Total
weeks
1983 "Freak" UK Singles Chart 23 5
"This is the Way" UK Singles Chart 56 3
1984 "It Makes Me Wonder" UK Singles Chart 74 1

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ ASteve "Spaz" Schnee. "Touch Sensitive - Bruce Foxton | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-01-14.
  2. ^ "Touch Sensitive - Record Collector Magazine". Recordcollectormag.com. 2011-05-26. Retrieved 2016-01-14.
  3. ^ "BRUCE FOXTON | full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company". Officialcharts.com. Retrieved 2016-01-14.
  4. ^ Chamberlain, Rich. "The Jam's Bruce Foxton: My 11 career-defining songs". MusicRadar. Retrieved 2016-01-14.
  5. ^ Steve "Spaz" Schnee. "Touch Sensitive - Bruce Foxton | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-01-14.
  6. ^ Touch Sensitive liner notes. Arista Records. 1984.
  7. ^ "UK Singles & Albums Chart Archive". Chart Stats. Retrieved 2012-02-29.

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