Whose Side Are You On?

Whose Side Are You On? is the debut album by British band Matt Bianco, released in 1984. For this album, Matt Bianco was a trio of Basia Trzetrzelewska (vocals), Mark Reilly (vocals), and Danny White (keyboards).

Whose Side Are You On?
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Studio album by
Released10 August 1984 (UK)
Recorded1984
Genre
Length40:58 (LP)
41:02 (CD)
55:04 (MC)
LabelWEA
ProducerDanny White
Mark Reilly
Peter Collins
Matt Bianco chronology
Whose Side Are You On?
(1984)
Matt Bianco
(1986)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars [1]

The album contains the band's first five UK Singles Chart hits, including "Get Out of Your Lazy Bed", "Sneaking Out the Back Door", "Matt's Mood", "Half a Minute" and "More Than I Can Bear". All are sung by Trzetrzelewska and Reilly, except "Matt's Mood" which is an instrumental.

Track listingsEdit

The original vinyl record featured 10 tracks. The cassette edition had 12 tracks, adding two bonus tracks: the 12" version of "Big Rosie" (B-side of the band's debut 12" "Get Out of Your Lazy Bed"), and "The Other Side", the instrumental B-side of the 7" single "Whose Side Are You On?". Additionally, the versions of "More Than I Can Bear", "Half a Minute", "Matt’s Mood", "Get Out of Your Lazy Bed" and "Sneaking Out the Back Door" on the cassette are different from the versions heard on the vinyl/CD edition.

The CD edition was released slightly later, and was one of the earliest pop music compact discs to be released in the music industry.

LP/CDEdit

All tracks written by Reilly/White except "Whose Side Are You On?" by Reilly/White/Ross, and "Half a Minute" by Reilly/White/Poncioni.

  1. "Whose Side Are You On?" (Extended Version) – 4:32
  2. "More Than I Can Bear" – 4:15
  3. "No No Never" – 3:43
  4. "Half a Minute" – 3:49
  5. "Matt's Mood" – 5:19
  6. "Get Out of Your Lazy Bed" – (Single Version) 3:28
  7. "It's Getting Late" – 3:20
  8. "Sneaking Out the Back Door" – 3:46
  9. "Riding with the Wind" – 3:22
  10. "Matt's Mood II" – 5:15

MCEdit

All tracks written by Reilly/White except "Whose Side Are You On?" by Reilly/White/Ross; "Half a Minute" and "Big Rosie" by Reilly/White/Poncioni.

  1. "Whose Side Are You On?" (Extended Version) – 4:32
  2. "More Than I Can Bear" (Remix) – 4:44
  3. "No No Never" – 3:43
  4. "Half a Minute" (Extended Version) – 4:49
  5. "Matt's Mood" (Remix) – 5:29
  6. "Big Rosie" (Extended Version) – 6:07
  7. "Get Out of Your Lazy Bed" (Extended Version) – 4:30
  8. "It's Getting Late" – 3:20
  9. "Sneaking Out the Back Door" (Extended Version) – 4:46
  10. "Riding with the Wind" – 3:22
  11. "Matt's Mood II" – 5:15
  12. "The Other Side" – 4:14

Singles from the albumEdit

  • 11 February 1984 – "Get Out of Your Lazy Bed" (UK Singles Chart No. 15 – 8 weeks)[2]
  • 14 April 1984/5 May 1984 – "Sneaking Out the Back Door"/"Matt's Mood" (UK # 44 – 7 weeks)[2] ("Matt's Mood" only credited from 5 May)
  • 13 July 1984 – "Whose Side Are You On?" (UK No. 83)[2] (AUS No. 57)[3]
  • 10 November 1984 – "Half a Minute" (UK No. 23 – 10 weeks)[2]
  • 2 March 1985 – "More Than I Can Bear" (UK No. 50 – 7 weeks)[2]

PersonnelEdit

BandEdit

ProductionEdit

  • Peter Collins for Loose End Productions – production on "Big Rosie"
  • Phil Hardingsound engineer on all tracks except "Matt's Mood", "Get Out of Your Lazy Bed" and "Sneaking Out the Back Door", and mixing on all tracks except "Matt's Mood"
  • John Buckley – sound engineer on "Matt's Mood", "Get Out of Your Lazy Bed" and "Sneaking Out the Back Door", mixing on "Matt's Mood"

MusiciansEdit

  • Robin Jones – percussion on all tracks except "Get Out of Your Lazy Bed" and "Sneaking Out the Back Door"
  • Ronnie Rossbaritone sax on "No No Never", "Half a Minute", "Matt's Mood", "Get Out of Your Lazy Bed", "Matt's Mood II" and "The Other Side"
  • Peter White – acoustic guitar on "Half a Minute"
  • Charles Morgan – drums on "Whose Side Are You On?" (title track)
  • Guy Barkerflugelhorn on "More Than I Can Bear"
  • Chris Dean – trombone on "It's Getting Late"
  • Luke Tanny – trumpet on "Sneaking Out the Back Door"
  • Peter Ross – drums and percussion on "Big Rosie", "Get Out of Your Lazy Bed" and "Sneaking Out the Back Door"
  • Ray Warleighflute on "Big Rosie"
  • Kito Poncioni – music on "Big Rosie"

StaffEdit

  • Jallé Bakke – hair and make up
  • Monica Curtin – photography
  • Simon Pickford – graphics
  • Trina Baer – clothes
  • Peter White, Brian Carr, Richard Evans, Oliver "The Lizard" Smallman, and WEA – special thanks and collaboration
  • Matt Music Ltd – publishers
  • Matt Music Ltd/Rondor Music (London Ltd) – publishers for "Whose Side Are You On?" (title track)

Charts and certificationsEdit

Weekly chartsEdit

Chart (1984/85) Peak
position
UK Albums Chart[2] 35
Australia (Kent Music Report)[4] 38
Italian Albums Chart 16
Austrian Albums Chart 1
Swiss Albums Chart 12
West German Albums Chart 3

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[5] Gold 100,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

Release detailsEdit

Country Date Label Format Catalog
Europe 1984 WEA MC 240472-4
CD 240472-2

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Whose Side Are You On? at AllMusic
  2. ^ a b c d e f "MATT BIANCO - full Official Chart History - Official Charts Company". officialcharts.com. Retrieved 9 March 2019.
  3. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  4. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 194. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  5. ^ "British album certifications – Matt Bianco – Whose Side Are You On". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 9 March 2019.Select albums in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type Whose Side Are You On in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.

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