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A Quite Interesting Statistic?

#1 Post by TallThinMan » Tue 12 Jun 2012, 9:24 pm

The often mentioned PSB "Imperial Phase", regarded as being from their first number one hit to their last, only lasted for less than 10% of their career to date.

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#2 Post by Drico One » Tue 12 Jun 2012, 9:25 pm

Yup. They've been in managed decline since 1989.

No wonder Neil loves Russia. They've got so much in common.

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#3 Post by TallThinMan » Tue 12 Jun 2012, 9:28 pm

I was being even more brutal: the four UK number ones were 1985 to 1987. 3 years out of the 27 so far (I'm ignoring 1984) is 8.1%.

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#4 Post by Drico One » Tue 12 Jun 2012, 9:29 pm

Heart was number one in 1988.

*confused*

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#5 Post by TallThinMan » Tue 12 Jun 2012, 9:31 pm

Drico One wrote:Heart was number one in 1988.

*confused*

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Bollocks, I always was crap at maths! A shade over 10% then. :oops:

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#6 Post by Drico One » Tue 12 Jun 2012, 9:36 pm

Well, you could dig yourself out of the hole by suggesting that it was recorded for Actually in 1987. :shhh: 8%, 10%, your point stands. They've been raging against the dying of the commercial light for the vast majority of their career.

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#7 Post by rashomon » Tue 12 Jun 2012, 9:41 pm

In which case, long may they be in decline ;-)
you could say conventional ... and I could claim intentional

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#8 Post by Dog » Tue 12 Jun 2012, 9:55 pm

I'd suggest they were Imperial from It's A Sin hitting number one until Domino Dancing signalled the end when it entered the chart at number nine. Introspective was conceived and recorded during this period... It smacks of a group at the height of their powers... It's both crazy and brilliant.
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#9 Post by daveid » Tue 12 Jun 2012, 9:55 pm

TallThinMan wrote:I was being even more brutal: the four UK number ones were 1985 to 1987. 3 years out of the 27 so far (I'm ignoring 1984) is 8.1%.
To be accurate, the period is actually only Jan 1986 - March 1988. If Go West had gone one higher then it would have been Jan 86 - Sep 93

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#10 Post by Dog » Tue 12 Jun 2012, 9:58 pm

I don't think Please can be seen as being part of this phase of their career... Not only was it their debut, two of the singles missed the top 10.
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#11 Post by Drico One » Tue 12 Jun 2012, 10:02 pm

Opportunities went top 10 in America, though, and only Love Comes Quickly could be considered a failure. Given that Suburbia and West End Girls were both huge hits, it's understandable that many people believe the Imperial Phase to incorporate the first four years of their career: the years that seared them into the imagination of the public.

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#12 Post by daveid » Tue 12 Jun 2012, 10:03 pm

No, the Imperial phase is 1987 - 88, but the no.1s cover a frighteningly short period all the same.

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#13 Post by Patrick Bateman » Tue 12 Jun 2012, 10:07 pm

Yeah, the imperial phase is basically It's a Sin to Domino dancing.

The thing is that these days pop stars are imperial forever because they don't have the good grace to f*** off down the dumper and just keep churning out the same crap to ever diminishing returns. Look at Gary Barlow. In the 80s Take That! would have had a couple of hits and he'd have ended his days overdosing on cake in a bedsit. These days he's a 'national treasure' like the slave trade or syphilis.

It's been interesting watching the Punk Britannia stuff and seeing just how dumbed down popular culture has become in the last few decades. Now pop stars fight each other for the right to arselick the Royal Family. Gary Barlow will never write a line as perfect as 'They made you a moron. Potential H-Bomb' even if he had a thousand typewriters.
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#14 Post by Ghost within this house » Tue 12 Jun 2012, 10:23 pm

Drico One wrote:Well, you could dig yourself out of the hole by suggesting that it was recorded for Actually in 1987. :shhh: 8%, 10%, your point stands. They've been raging against the dying of the commercial light for the vast majority of their career.

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Except that presumably the single mix for Heart was presumably done in early '88
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#15 Post by daveid » Tue 12 Jun 2012, 10:23 pm

Yeah, they must have been queueing up to lick some royal arse over the Jubilee. The whole thing was just nauseating, especially Annie Lennox tripping over that silly skirt with wings.

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