Hit or Shit: Womack & Womack - Teardrops

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Hit or Shit: Womack & Womack - Teardrops

Postby fange » 04 Sep 2018, 08:10

A sizable top-10 hit in many countries around the globe in '88, 'Teardrops' was written by Cecil and Linda Womack, who also produced the track along with Chris Blackwell.



Did you like it back then?
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Re: Hit or Shit: Womack & Womack - Teardrops

Postby The Modernist » 04 Sep 2018, 09:08

I was a big fan of 'Love Wars' which I bought on 12 inch. I liked this well enough too, just not as much.

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Postby Eddie Shah environment » 04 Sep 2018, 09:13

I hated it at the time. It still sounds horrible.
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Postby The Red Heifer » 04 Sep 2018, 09:27

I loved it at the time. It still sounds sensational.
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Re: Hit or Shit: Womack & Womack - Teardrops

Postby trans-chigley express » 04 Sep 2018, 10:17

Loved it then, still love it now

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Re: Hit or Shit: Womack & Womack - Teardrops

Postby Diamond Dog » 04 Sep 2018, 10:23

The Modernist wrote:I was a big fan of 'Love Wars' which I bought on 12 inch. I liked this well enough too, just not as much.


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Re: Hit or Shit: Womack & Womack - Teardrops

Postby Darkness_Fish » 04 Sep 2018, 10:59

It's another one of those tracks which I'd completely forgotten the existence of, and was quite happy to be in that state. I dunno if it's this youtube version, but I remember it being more energetic, and having a fuller sound. It's quite empty. Doesn't have anything about it at all. Disappointment ensues.
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Postby Tactful Cactus » 04 Sep 2018, 11:07

You hear it so much now, its become symbolic of that late-80's pop sound that so many music makers have adopted in the 2010's. Ask me ten years ago and I would have said no but now I like it. Its come full circle.

The croaky backing vocals are unique.

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Re: Hit or Shit: Womack & Womack - Teardrops

Postby Loki » 04 Sep 2018, 11:51

If I've heard this before, I don't recall.

Don't like it much. If a song is this repetitive, it has to be pretty special, which this ain't.
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Postby Charlie O. » 04 Sep 2018, 13:18

I voted "hit," but I first heard it in the context of its parent album Conscience which (two or three real clunker tracks notwithstanding) I was very big on at the time. This was not one of my favorite cuts on it - it sounded self-consciously designed to be the designated single - but Linda sang it real good and, you know, it was fine, whatever. I didn't know it had been an actual hit anywhere 'til years later (I may even have found out on BCB!), and I was surprised.
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Postby LeBaron » 04 Sep 2018, 13:47

That is a record I’ve never heard before!
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Re: Hit or Shit: Womack & Womack - Teardrops

Postby fange » 04 Sep 2018, 14:22

LeBaron wrote:That is a record I’ve never heard before!

Ask Min, i bet she knows it very well!
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Re: Hit or Shit: Womack & Womack - Teardrops

Postby fange » 04 Sep 2018, 14:31

Darkness_Fish wrote: I dunno if it's this youtube version, but I remember it being more energetic, and having a fuller sound. It's quite empty. Doesn't have anything about it at all. Disappointment ensues.


Yeah, the official YT video has a very lacklustre sound, no dynamic range at all. Here's a couple with better sound; the remix especially is nice and full.



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Re: Hit or Shit: Womack & Womack - Teardrops

Postby fange » 04 Sep 2018, 14:38

Charlie O. wrote: I didn't know it had been an actual hit anywhere 'til years later (I may even have found out on BCB!), and I was surprised.


Wow, I'd never realized before now that it had flown under the radar to such an extent in the States. I mean, look at the chart success it had in other countries...


Chart (1988) Peak position

Australian ARIA Singles Chart[2] - 2
Austrian Singles Chart[2] - 4
Belgium (Ultratop 50)[3] - 1
French Singles Chart[2] - 4
German Singles Chart[4] - 2
Irish Singles Chart[5] - 4
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[6] - 1
New Zealand Singles Chart[7] - 1
Spain (AFYVE)[8] - 5
Swedish Singles Chart[2] - 14
Swiss Singles Chart[2] - 2
UK Singles Chart[9] - 3
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Re: Hit or Shit: Womack & Womack - Teardrops

Postby kalowski II: The Revenge » 04 Sep 2018, 14:43

It’s wonderful. Love Wars is great too but the grit and stridency of its chorus leads me to pick Teardrops over it. They both have a groovy linearity that sounds very modern.
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Re: Hit or Shit: Womack & Womack - Teardrops

Postby Charlie O. » 04 Sep 2018, 17:02

fange wrote:
Charlie O. wrote: I didn't know it had been an actual hit anywhere 'til years later (I may even have found out on BCB!), and I was surprised.


Wow, I'd never realized before now that it had flown under the radar to such an extent in the States.

To be fair: at the time it came out, I was living by myself, didn't have a television, didn't go out much except to indie rock shows, and pretty much the only radio I listened to was the local university station and the oldies station. I probably wouldn't have heard it at all except that I was working at a record store and we got in a promo LP of Conscience and happened to play it.

Baron, if you ever come across a cheap copy in your travels, you might try it - Side 1 is particularly strong.
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Re: Hit or Shit: Womack & Womack - Teardrops

Postby F.o.W » 04 Sep 2018, 18:23

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Postby Butch Manly » 04 Sep 2018, 18:46

The Red Heifer wrote:I loved it at the time. It still sounds sensational.


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Re: Hit or Shit: Womack & Womack - Teardrops

Postby Georgios » 04 Sep 2018, 18:51

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Re: Hit or Shit: Womack & Womack - Teardrops

Postby slightbreeze » 04 Sep 2018, 19:57

Fabulous record