On the Faster than the Speed of Night singles

The amount of singles that were released from Bonnie Tyler’s Faster than the Speed of Night album is astonishing. There are nine tracks on the album, and seven of them were released as single. And the other two were used as b-sides.

Some of the album cuts that were used as b-side would later reappear as A-side, be it on the other side of the Atlantic. Take Me Back was the B-side to the European version of “Total Eclipse of the Heart”, and later a US-only single. The US B-side of “Total Eclipse” was a cover of Bryan Adams’ “Straight from the Heart”, which was the fourth European single. The B-side of both the Australian “Have You Ever Seen the Rain?” and American “Take Me Back” singles was “Getting So Excited”, which was the final European single.

From a musical point of view, there are only four interesting B-sides. Although, I use interesting in loosest possible sense of the word. You see, my interest in what Bonnie has done ends where Jim Steinman wasn’t involved. Sure, she might have done some decent stuff without him, but that just doesn’t connect with me.

In that light, you shouldn’t be surprised when I say that the three original B-sides written by Bonnie Tyler and Paul Hopkins do next to nothing for me. “Gonna Get Better” from the “Faster than the Speed of Night” single only lives up during the final chorus, I can’t even recall “Time” (from the European “Have You Ever Seen the Rain?” single), even after I’ve heard it three times this morning, and “First Love” (both on the “Straight from the Heart” and “Tears” singles) isn’t all that either.

The only slightly more interesting b-side is the “Special Jim Steinman Remix” from “It’s a Jungle Out There”. It’s a bit shorter than the album version, and the line I’d do anything for love, but I won’t do that from “Getting So Excited” is added to the intro. For the love of all that’s bright and shiny, I can’t hear what’s so special about it.

Since I don’t think there’s any point in sharing some cut up versions of “Faster” and “Total Eclipse”, you don’t get any A-sides this time. When I (eventually) cover the Secret Dreams and Forbidden Fire singles, you’ll get a bunch of those. But how can a post about Faster than the Speed of Night not contain some totally eclipsed hearts? So as a bonus, a live version from the 2001 Night of the Proms, featuring John ‘Music was my first love’ Miles on piano and turn arounds. Some more info on the singles can of course be found in the Bonnie Tyler section of The Almost Complete etc.

(By the way, I’ve reactivated some files on the download page, because opening the flood gates on the last day of the month didn’t burn nearly enough bandwidth last time. Enjoy.)

UPDATE: links removed.

Listmania (1)

It’s been a while since I did one of those linklist thingies. So long in fact, that I don’t have a clue what number I used last. So I’ve decided to start over with the numbering. At the moment I have some time to kill, let’s go digging through the bookmarks and note-to-self-archives:

I can has artwork?

Like I said yesterday, you’d be among the first to know when the art for my wall arrived. It has:

Laugh-Out-Loud Cats #257

It’s Adam “Ape Lad” Koford‘s “Laugh-Out-Loud Cats #257”. The big guy is Meowlin Q. Kitteh, and the adorable small guy is Pip. And I bet they look great once I framed them. Oh noes, the bad joke, I maked it.

I still get a kick out of the whole LOL-cat phenomenon. And after the card I sent out when I moved to my new apartment, I think this will be a great companion.

More Kitteh and Pip can be found here.

Edit: Anne was kind enough to make an audio version of this post. Download and enjoy! (right click, save as) Because Anne does not want you to hear her sexy voice, too bad.

Some thoughts

In case you wonder, yes, I had a great time on Texel. Very relaxing weekend, all in all.

And since I haven’t done any update on what’s going on, here’s what’s happening: not much. Still no couch or storage solution for my books and CDs. Friday, they’ll finally deliver my new mattress, and then it’s only a matter of waiting for the expansion set for my bed, so it will fit. Also, I’ve still to find some sort of shade to cover the door to the balcony, a frame for at least one of my Tanz der Vampire posters and maybe some more art for on the walls. There is a piece coming in, and you’ll be among the first to know what it is when it arrives.

Reviewing that list, I can only conclude that I’m not much motivated to do anything right now. I still have to finish a website for a friend, and I still got to fix this one too. Also, I could make some effort to convert some LPs that still need some attention. Guess I’m just a natural procrastinator.

Flying Spaghetti Monster be praised, tomorrow is International Talk Like a Pirate Day. We all know that global warming is directly related to the declining number of true pirates, and that they’re better than ninjas, so I’ll be throwin in many a arrrg in the ‘morrow, me hearties. Avast and ahoy and all that.

Taking a break

It has taken me 26 years, 5 months and 25 days to visit all twelve provinces of The Netherlands. Still, I haven’t visited any of the waddeneilanden.

That’s going to change today, as I’m going to Texel this afternoon. I’ll be back on sunday. In the meantime, behave.