The Style Council: Our Favourite Shop

ON THIS DATE (27 YEARS AGO)
May 9, 1985 – The Style Council: Our Favourite Shop is released.
# ALL THINGS MUSIC PLUS+ 4/5
# allmusic 4.5/5
Our Favourite Shop is the second album from The Style Council, released on this date in May, 1985. The album contained the Top 10 singles “Shout to the Top!”, which reached #7 in the UK, and “Walls Come Tumbling Down!”, which reached #6 in the UK.
The majority of the album’s material was released (with different sequencing and packaged with an entirely different cover design) in the USA as Internationalists by Geffen Records (which has been a sister label to Polydor Records, the band’s UK label, since 1998, under Universal Music Group).
Lyrical targets include racism, excessive consumerism, the effects of self-serving governments, the suicide of one of Weller’s friends and what the band saw as an exasperating lack of opposition to the status quo. All of this pessimism is countered with an overarching sense of hope and delight that alternatives do actually exist—if only they can be seen.
REVIEW
by Stephen Thomas Erlewine, allmusic
Our Favourite Shop, the Style Council’s second proper album, was still quite eclectic, but it didn’t seem as schizophrenically diverse as Cafe Bleu. Paul Weller had been able to incorporate his soul and jazz experiments into his songwriting, writing the fine “Walls Come Tumbling Down,” “Come to Milton Keynes,” “Boy Who Cried Wolf,” and “Down in the Seine,” which were some of his best songs for the Style Council. The occasional misguided experiment remained — the stiff funk of “The Internationalists” and the self-righteous “The Stand Up Comic’s Instructions” were particularly embarrassing — but the record was more cohesive and stronger than the debut. In America, the album was released without “Our Favourite Shop” and retitled Internationalists.
TRACKS:
Original UK tracklisting
All Songs Written By Paul Weller, except where noted.
“Homebreakers” (Mick Talbot, Paul Weller)
“All Gone Away”
“Come to Milton Keynes”
“Internationalists” (Talbot, Weller)
“A Stones Throw Away”
“The Stand Up Comic’s Instructions” *
“Boy Who Cried Wolf”
“A Man of Great Promise”
“Down in the Seine”
“The Lodgers (or She Was Only a Shopkeeper’s Daughter)”
“Luck” (Talbot, Weller)
“With Everything to Lose” (Steve White, Weller)
“Our Favourite Shop” (Talbot)
“Walls Come Tumbling Down”
“Shout to the Top!” (“Vision Quest” Version) [CD edition only]
US Tracklisting (released as Internationalists)
“Homebreakers”
“All Gone Away”
“Come to Milton Keynes”
“Internationalists”
“A Stones Throw Away”
“Boy Who Cried Wolf”
“A Man of Great Promise”
“Down in the Seine”
“The Lodgers (or She Was Only a Shopkeeper’s Daughter)”
“Luck”
“With Everything to Lose”
“Shout to the Top!” (“Vision Quest” Version)
“Walls Come Tumbling Down”
Australia/New Zealand Tracklisting
“The Big Boss Groove”
“All Gone Away”
“Come to Milton Keynes”
“Internationalists”
“A Stones Throw Away”
“With Everything to Lose”
“Walls Come Tumbling Down”
“A Man of Great Promise”
“Down in the Seine”
“The Lodgers (or She Was Only a Shopkeeper’s Daughter)”
“Luck”
“Boy Who Cried Wolf”
“Our Favourite Shop”
“Shout to the Top!”
Deluxe Edition Tracklisting
Most countries (except for the original UK pressing) omitted the track “The Stand Up Comic’s Instructions” as it was deemed that the lyrics were racist. The guest vocalist was British comedian Lenny Henry. It was included on the UK pressing.
Disc One
“Homebreakers”
“All Gone Away”
“Come To Milton Keynes”
“Internationalists”
“A Stones Throw Away”
“The Stand Up Comics Instructions”
“Boy Who Cried Wolf”
“A Man Of Great Promise”
“Down In The Seine”
“The Lodgers (Or She Was Only The Shop Keepers Daughter)”
“Luck”
“With Everything To Lose”
“Our Favourite Shop”
“Walls Come Tumbling Down”
“Shout To The Top (USA Mix)”
“Shout To The Top (Instrumental)”
Disc Two
“The Piccadilly Trail”
“Ghosts Of Dachau”
“Spin Drifting”
“The Whole Point II”
“Blood Sports”
“(When You) Call Me”
“Our Favourite Shop (Club Mix)”
“The Lodgers (Club Mix)”
“The Lodgers (Extended Mix)”
“The Big Boss Groove (Live)”
“Move On Up (Live)”
“You’re The Best Thing (Live)”
“Money Go Round Medley: Soul Deep/Strength Of Your Nature (Live)”
“A Stone’s Throw Away (Demo)”
“(When You) Call Me (Demo)”
“A Casual Affair”
“Soul Deep (Council Collective)”
“Lodger” (The Lodgers demo)
“Internationalist” (Internationalists demo)
“Everything To Lose (Blue Remix)”
“Our Favourite Shop (Alternate Version)”
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