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UPDATE: Mediafire have suspended my account and locked my downloads. Having endured the tedium of re-uploading everything I had previously hosted on Mega Upload onto Mediafire earlier this year, I can't be arsed re-uploading everything again.

So please don't ask for things to be reuploaded!

I undertake this venture knowing that I don't have the spare time to do it, but feel that these artists NEED TO BE HEARD (please excuse my shouting!). Or is that I think I need to be heard? Or that there are (or have been) some great music blogs that have inspired me to wanna jump on the bandwagon? Probably all of the above??I hope you enjoy the blog. If I turn one person onto these bands that turned me on then it will all have been worth it!

Friday, September 30, 2011

The Pursuit of Happiness - One Sided Story

An album that starts with the lyrics "Your love is like greasy fried noodles, instantly gratifying, makes me want to come back for more" has gotta be good, right!?

TPOH are best known for their late eighties hit I'm an adult now, which I hated with a passion at the time - I was going through my "everything in the charts is crap" phase! I got my comeuppance a few years later - what I was listening to at the time (grunge) became mainstream (sigh)! Also, I felt  I'm an adult now was championed by people who wouldn't know a good tune if it bit them on the arse! 

Despite my holier than thou attitude, I later heard (and fell in love with) the Love Junk album, and duly bought the follow up One Sided Story, which I felt was a huge step forward for the band: better songwriting, more diverse.

Yet the album was slagged by many critics! Labels such as confused, flawed, awkward, dated, and misogynistic abounded - and those were the good reviews! I always found that last criticism a bit, odd given there were two girls in the band. Whatever! But then the same criticism gets leveled at The White Stripes.

In short, the album wasn't Love Junk volume 2. It was better, but it is not what most people expected/wanted. Ain't that the same with many bands?

Anyhow, enough waffling......

What to we have here? Essentially pop-rock. If you like Cheap Trick or Red Kross, you may well dig this!

The Pursuit of Happiness - 1990 - One Sided Story
  1. Food
  2. Two Girls in One
  3. New Language
  4. Something Physical
  5. One Thing
  6. No Safe Place
  7. Shave Your Legs
  8. Runs in the Family
  9. All I Want
  10. Forbidden Fruit
  11. Little Platoons (My Neighbourhood)
  12. Survival


  1. The phrase 'Shoulda been huge' could have been invented for these guys. This is a great album, but very much in the shadow of the debut. It's still a killer - in fact, ALL their albums are really good.

    Thanks for jogging my memory Mr D!

  2. Hello, thanks for your great blog! I'm an old fan of TPOH and was happy to see this post, as I've long since lost this record.
    But the FLAC Pt 1 link leads to a file by Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks. Any chance you could re-do the Pt. 1 file for 'One Sided Story'?
    Thank you!