Throw the Warped Wheel Out

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Throw the Warped Wheel Out
Studio album by
Genre Synthpop, new wave
Label CBS / Columbia
Producer Peter Wilson
Fiction Factory chronology
Throw the Warped Wheel Out
Another Story

Throw the Warped Wheel Out is the debut album from Scottish new wave band Fiction Factory. It was released in 1984 and included the UK and European hit single "(Feels Like) Heaven". The album failed to chart in the UK but was more successful in Europe, reaching the charts in Switzerland, Sweden and Germany.


Track listing

1."(Feels Like) Heaven"Kevin Patterson, Eddie Jordan3:32
2."Heart and Mind"Patterson, Jordan, Chic Medley3:07
4."The Hanging Gardens"Jordan, Medley4:35
5."All or Nothing"Patterson, Jordan, Medley3:48
6."Hit the Mark"Patterson4:18
7."Ghost of Love"Patterson3:36
8."Tales of Tears"Patterson3:38
9."The First Step"Patterson, Medley4:56
10."The Warped Wheel"Patterson, Jordan4:18
Total length:38:10

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
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Rolling Stone mixed [2]

Upon release, Rolling Stone stated: "Fiction Factory are doubtless a most sincere bunch, and here they display excellent musicianship, lavish production and a dozen moderately tuneful songs. Unfortunately, they lack any real spark of originality..." [2] Michael Sutton of AllMusic retrospectively wrote: "Any interest in Fiction Factory's Throw the Warped Wheel Out will most likely originate from the album's opening track, "(Feels Like) Heaven" - an '80s new wave classic. However, one song cannot carry the weight of an entire LP; fortunately, Fiction Factory were talented enough to craft worthy successors. Throw the Warped Wheel Out is a vastly underrated album, disappointing only record buyers who want every track to sound like "(Feels Like) Heaven." [1]


Fiction Factory

Additional musicians




Chart (1984–85)Peak
Canadian Album Charts [3] 98
German Album Charts [4] 57
Swedish Album Charts [5] 34
Swiss Album Chart [6] 23

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