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184. Charlie Peacock – Charlie Peacock

CHARLIE PEACOCK (1986)

Charlie Peacock

Signed to Exit records, produced by A&M Records and eventually limitedly released by Island Records. That is how you guarantee an amazing album goes completely unnoticed. It is also the seemingly never ending tale of Charlie Peacock’s second solo release the eponymously named Charlie Peacock.

Filled with many of Peacock’s finest pop tunes the album deserved much, MUCH better.  Despite opening for acts like Let’s Active, Missing Persons, General Public and even the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Peacock’s secular music career never took. Perhaps having an album in the stores to promote may have helped?

A&M apparently was not happy with the album (originally entitled Town Hall) and Exit took the album to their newly signed deal with Island records. Several delays later the album simply never found a home. It is a total shame (sham?) as the album is wonderful expression of combining world music in a pop setting like only Peacock can do. The album is loaded with talent with contributions from Brent Bourgeois, Nigel Gray, Jimmy A, Randy Jackson and Lyle Workman.

Island would add Peacock’s hit from his debut album, Lie Down in the Grass, to a great collection of tunes including Message Boy, Counting the Cost and “Down in the Lowlands.” The latter would become a hit for Russ Taff on his self-titled masterpiece.

Riding Into Wonderland would continue to be a personal favorite for its whimsical and sweet melody. Dizzy Dean Movie shines in its nostalgic feel and Forever Strangers should have been a mid’80’s radio hit. Though not the very best that Peacock would create it deserved a much wider hearing and more support and appreciation. Many Peacock fans rank it among their all time favorites, and deservedly so.

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  1. February 8, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    This is a personal favorite of mine for sure! I always felt that this album and 1994’s”Everything That’s On My Mind” were Peacock’s finest efforts.

    “Dizzy Dean Movie” reminds me a lot of my own childhood, as I loved hitting the ball around my backyard growing up, and developed a love for the game of baseball that I have never lost!

    “Down In The Lowlands” and “Message Boy” are also classics that should have made Peacock a star!

  2. Grenville
    July 11, 2011 at 10:24 pm

    Riding Into Wonderland wasn’t actually on the original release.

    In my opinion the bonus tracks and “video mix” of Message Boy spoiled the reissue of the album. I wanted to hear it as I had originally heard it, with bonuses at the end, not inserted into the running order I knew and loved!

    (I’ll stop crying now).

    Which is to say, this is my favourite CP album.

  3. Greenchili
    December 17, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    So was this re-issued for CD? I only have the tape..

  4. Ecron Muss
    January 24, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    Yep, reissued for CD with a terrible remix of Message Boy opening the album and bonus tracks inserted into the running order instead of appearing at the end. Spoiled it for me too!

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