The Teardrop Explodes: Tiny Children / Rachael Built a Steamboat


Format: 7″

Label: Mercury (TEAR 7)

Country: UK

Year: 1981

Price paid: $1

Purchased at: Books and Melodies, Syracuse NY


‘Oh I could make a meal
Of that wonderful despair I feel’


This single was the third released off of the ‘Wilder’ album, reaching #44 on the UK charts. It marked a shift in the band’s direction towards a darker more solemn sound.

The sleeve art, and not very ironically the song itself, reminds me of a watered-down OMD. Minimalist and intentionally cryptic.


See ‘Bouncing Babies’ for more musings on the band.


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