Throw the Warped Wheel Out

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Throw the Warped Wheel Out
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Genre Synthpop, new wave
Label CBS / Columbia
Producer Peter Wilson
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Throw the Warped Wheel Out is the debut album from Scottish new wave band Fiction Factory. It was released in 1984 and included the hit single "(Feels Like) Heaven". Despite including the hit, the album failed to chart in the UK. [1]

New wave is a genre encompassing numerous pop-oriented music styles popular in the late 1970s and the 1980s with ties to mid-1970s punk rock. New wave moved away from traditional blues and rock and roll sounds to create pop and rock music that incorporated disco, mod, and electronic music. Initially new wave was similar to punk rock, before becoming a distinct genre. It engendered subgenres and fusions, including synth-pop.

Fiction Factory were a Scottish new wave band from Perth. Formed in 1983, they are best known for their single "(Feels Like) Heaven", which peaked at #6 on the UK Singles Chart. The song was written by Eddie Jordan and Kevin Patterson.

(Feels Like) Heaven song by Fiction Factory

"(Feels Like) Heaven" is a song by the Scottish music group Fiction Factory. It was released as a single at the end of 1983 and appears on their debut album Throw the Warped Wheel Out. The track was a hit in Switzerland, reaching #2 on the singles chart. In the UK, it peaked at #6. Other chart positions include #10 in Germany, #14 in Sweden and #20 in Austria. The song is a regular feature on 1980s and new wave compilations.


Track listing

1."(Feels Like) Heaven"E. Jordan, K. Patterson3:32
2."Heart and Mind"E. Jordan, K. Patterson3:07
3."Panic"C. Medley4:22
4."The Hanging Gardens"C. Medley, E. Jordan4:35
5."All or Nothing"C. Medley, E. Jordan, K. Patterson3:48
6."Hit the Mark"K. Patterson4:18
7."Ghost of Love"K. Patterson3:36
8."Tales of Tears"K. Patterson3:38
9."The First Step"C. Medley, K. Patterson4:56
10."The Warped Wheel"E. Jordan, K. Patterson4:18
Total length:38:10

Critical reception

Professional ratings
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Rolling Stone mixed [3]

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..." [3] 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." [2]

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Chart performance

Chart (1984-85)Peak
Canadian Album Charts [4] 98
German Album Charts [5] 57
Swedish Album Charts [6] 34
Swiss Album Chart [7] 23

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