Hand to Mouth (album)

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Hand to Mouth
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Studio album by
Genre New wave
Label I.R.S. [1]
Producer Dave Wakeling, David Leonard, Ranking Roger
General Public chronology
All the Rage
Hand to Mouth
Rub It Better
Professional ratings
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Hand to Mouth is the second album by General Public, released in 1986. [1] [5]


The album peaked at #83 on the Billboard 200 chart. [6]

Critical reception

Trouser Press wrote that "the music goes down smoothly enough, but without any lasting impression." [7]

Track listing

  1. "Come Again!" – 3:43 (Mickey Billingham, David Wakeling)
  2. "Faults and All" – 3:35 (Roger Charlery, Horace Panter, Wakeling)
  3. "Forward as One" – 6:08 (Wakeling)
  4. "Murder" – 4:22 (Billingham, Wakeling)
  5. "Cheque in the Post" – 3:39 (Billingham, Charlery)
  6. "Too Much or Nothing" – 4:25 (Wakeling)
  7. "Love Without the Fun" – 3:29 (Billingham, Wakeling)
  8. "In Conversation" – 5:43 (Billingham, Charlery)
  9. "Never All There" – 4:04 (Billingham, Charlery, Wakeling)
  10. "Cry on Your Own Shoulder" – 3:54 (Charlery, Wakeling)

1993 I.R.S. Records re-issue bonus tracks

  1. "General Public" (12" Version) (Charlery, Wakeling)
  2. "Limited Balance" (Charlery, Wakeling)
  3. "All The Rage" (Billingham, Andy "Stoker" Growcott, Panter, Kevin White)
  4. "Taking The Day Off" (Wakeling)
  5. "Day To Day" (Live) (Charlery, Wakeling)
  6. "Where's The Line?" (Live) (Billingham, Charlery, Panter, Wakeling)
  7. "Tenderness (Live)" (Billingham, Charlery, Wakeling)
  8. "Hot You're Cool (Live)" (Billingham Charlery, Panter, Wakeling)

All writing credits as per ASCAP database.


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  2. Hand to Mouth at AllMusic
  3. Larkin, Colin (2006). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music. Volume 3: MUZE. p. 715.CS1 maint: location (link)
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