Archive for Wales

Way Down Now – World Party

  • First Appearance: June 9, 1990
  • Weeks on the Chart: 5
  • Album: Goodbye Jumbo
  • Have I heard this song before (pre-listen)? I think so.
  • Have I actually heard this song before? No. Not at all.

Essentially a solo project of Karl Wallinger, this makes World Party the first band from Wales on the list.

Way Down Now has the unique privilege of being the first song that I though I’d heard before but hadn’t. It’s a weird little upbeat pop anthem with almost too much rhyming and repetition. It’s catchy, and basic, but almost lacks anything to make it interesting enough to justify a five-week stint on the chart.

One maddening thing about this album is how much every other song on it sounds like some other song you know. The first track “Is it too late?” is reminiscent of “Baby Please Don’t Go” by THEM (covering Muddy Waters). “When the Rainbow Comes” sounds maddeningly like “Take On Me,” slowed down a bit, mixed with some 60s folk songs. It’s like listening to a twisted version of Girl Talk.

All that said, this album is really interesting. I jumps genres like Joss Whedon show, and does all of them competently. It makes for a really diverse, but cohesive listening experience.