Song Lists: No-Man

After the blitz of creativity in the 1980s, the 90s were more or less a barren wilderness. Some decent dance material, some decent adult contemporary but little in the way of creatives steering their own ship in the way Japan had in the late 70s and early 80s. There was however one shining light. A band that made no compromises in pursuit of their art, albeit hidden art (pun intended). It’s a pity then that they didn’t receive the attention of Blur, Pulp or others deemed the soundtrack to nineties Britain by a blinkered media. But I digress I am here to speak (no pun intended) about the colour of their work. I have included some of Tim’s solo output but not Porcupine Tree as they’re a very different entity from the mostly serene material conjured up by no-man or Tim in his many collaborative guises. There are of course those that are difficult to pigeonhole such as (ironically) the so called white noise of Pigeon Drummer. Anyway, I hope this is both interesting and thought provoking.

WHITE

SWEETHEART RAW (verses, chorus in mint green)
TIME TRAVEL IN TEXAS
ALL THE BLUE CHANGES

YELLOW

MY RIVAL TREVOR
DEATH AND DODGSON’S DREAMCHILD
DREAMER’S SONG

ORANGE

DAYS IN THE TREES
LOVE AMONG THE WHITE TRASH
TAKING IT LIKE A MAN
PAINTING PARADISE
HEAVEN TASTE (main part alternates between apricot and bright blue, middle part with Mick Karn’s bass is maroon)
TEARDROP FALLS (chorus in white/red hybrid)
THINGS CHANGE
THINGS I WANT TO TELL YOU
WHEREVER THERE IS LIGHT

RED (varying shades)

LOVEBLOW/FRENCH TREE TERROR SUSPECT
ANGEL GETS CAUGHT IN THE BEAUTY TRAP
ANIMAL GHOST
CAROLINA SKELETONS
TOGETHER WE’RE STRANGER
STREAMING
BRIGHTEST BLUE
BRAVE DREAMS

LIGHT BLUE

BACK TO THE BURNING SHED

MID BLUE

PRETTY GENIUS
HEARTCHEAT POP

DARK BLUE

ONLY BABY
RIVERRUN
THE BREAK UP FOR REAL

MINT GREEN

WATCHING OVER ME
TASTE MY DREAM
ALL THAT YOU ARE
ALL SWEET THINGS
TRUE NORTH (except the latter part which is violet)

LIGHT GREEN

ONLY RAIN
THE ME I KNEW
MADE SEE-THROUGH

TEAL GREEN

SHELL OF A FIGHTER (this covers a few greens, especially in the middle ‘quiet’ section and the Fripp soundscape on the end)

DARK GREEN

WORLD OF BRIGHT FUTURES

PALE PINK (varying shades)

LOVECRY
HEAVEN’S BREAK
MY REVENGE ON SEATTLE
THE WARM UP MAN FOREVER

PINK (not the right shade)

KISS ME STUPID
CLOSE YOUR EYES
SOMETHING OF YOU

CRIMSON

FAITH IN YOU (latter part in white)
SMALL
CALIFORNIA, NORFOLK
I ONCE LOVED YOU

VIOLET

TIME FLOWN

PURPLE

WILD OPERA
SWEETSIDE SILVER NIGHT
AT THE CENTRE OF IT ALL

GREY (varying shades)

RADIANT CITY
BEAUTIFUL SONGS YOU SHOULD KNOW
FEEL
DREAMING OF BABYLON
POST-ITS (this isn’t too far away from Hostage below but the grey is a little more central)
WINTER WITH YOU

BROWN

HOSTAGE (kind of beige/warm grey)
LAST YEAR’S TATTOO (beige)

BLACK

FLAME

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