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ADAM FAITH – “Poor Me”

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#97, 10th March 1960

Faith’s second No.1 is a confident redux of his first. Style wins out entirely over content – “Poor Me” poses as a jilted man’s lament but is scored as a modernist celebration, all pops and jabs and rushes and sharp corners. John Barry’s artistry as an arranger has taken a jump since Faith’s previous hit – “Poor Me” spends its 1 minute 44 seconds pushing and niggling at the established edges of pop. A breakout into abstraction is prevented by Barry’s sense of dynamics – the way his dozen ideas dance to the front of the mix and back again makes the record a nervy tour de force of string-driven pop. As for Faith, he takes the opportunity to polish up his range of music-hall shudders – the fun he has with just the two title words is delightful. Despite its brevity, “Poor Me” is a slightly exhausting listen, a curio that’s easier to admire than connect with or love.

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    Matthew on 12 Jan 2009 #

    Feels like it’s going to turn into the James Bond theme for a few seconds with its “aaaah aaaah AAAAH aaaah”s. Adam Faith looks quite dashing in his proto-Dickon-Edwards suit and tie, in a parallel universe maybe he could have been cast in Dr No over Sean Connery?

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    lonepilgrim on 17 Mar 2009 #

    Number 1 when I wuz born

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    larry.kooper on 11 Jun 2010 #

    Surprised no one has mentioned the obvious vocal debt to Buddy Holly.

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    lonepilgrim on 22 Jun 2014 #

    Larry OTM with the Buddy Holly connection – both musically and vocally it’s VERY similar to ‘It doesn’t matter anymore’. Adam Faith’s vocals sound like he’s trying to sing and drink a glass of water at the same time.

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    wichitalineman on 25 Feb 2017 #

    Marvellous meta moment in the 1961 film What A Whopper. Adam Faith and his girlfriend hear the new single by “Eden Charity” on the radio, which is actually Adam’s own The Time Has Come. He is unimpressed: “A voice like that and he makes a fortune! Gets away with murder, doesn’t he?”

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