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Steve Winwood — Freedom Overspill
Album: Back in the High Life
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5.4

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Total ratings: 144









Released: 1986
Length: 5:27
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Keep on talking all you want
Well you don't waste a minute of time
Who cares, who knows what's true
Coffee and tears the whole night through
Burning up on midnight oil
And it's come right back on you

Freedom Overspill
Freedom Overspill

Force of habit, you could say
The way they talk you're talking away
Who cares, who knows what's true
Your wounded pride is burning you up
Burning up on midnight oil
And it's come right back on you

Freedom Overspill
Freedom Overspill

You're sounding good to me now
Keep talking on
I want to hear the worst
You got no right going around
Talking 'bout the things that you do
Talking 'bout the things that you do
Keep on talking all you want
Well you don't waste a minute of time
Who cares, who knows what's true
Coffee and tears the whole night through
Burning up on midnight oil
And it's come right back on you

Freedom Overspill
Freedom Overspill
Freedom Overspill
Freedom Overspill

You're sounding good to me now
Keep talking on
I want to hear the worst
You got no right going around
Talking 'bout the things that you do
Talking 'bout the things you do

Force of habit, you could say
The way they talk you're talking away
Who cares, who knows what's true
Your wounded pride is burning you up
Burning up on midnight oil
And it's come right back on you

Freedom Overspill
Freedom Overspill
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 hcaudill wrote:
Funny, my wife and I were just having a difference of opinion regarding whether or not Steve Winwood was a sellout - she arguing that his work in the 80s was not so bad. It's been a while since I actually heard the stuff he was doing in that period, and I have to say this really is classic mid-80s FM-radio slop. Right up there with the same period's output from Van Halen, Jefferson Starship, Heart, and Rod Stewart.
 
And Eric Clapton did some very 'um - tush' ploddy drum machiney stuff in the same era I think. OK but lacking in the soul that they are both capable of!
I think Winwood caught the wave in the 80's and judging from the airplay many tracks on this album got, he could coast on its success. This is a flashback to my college days. I've always enjoyed his music, no matter which band he was in. Personal favorite from his catalog is Arc of A Diver. Back in the High Life is still in my vinyl collection. 
I think this is a darn good song.  One of my favorites of the later Winwood songs.  I noticed the guitar work on this song is really good, so I just checked wikipedia...and lead guitar is the one and only Joe Walsh!
while (sucks == true) { shouldPlay = false; } BillG wrote:
or: while (0 == 0) { echo "This is at least marginally worthy.n"; }
Isn't Steve a proponent of internet radio? I'd have to give him credit just for that.
i like this song. i like it a lot. i have a tender spot in my heart for this whole album, actually. yeah, i said it.
ChicoCyclist wrote:
While that's close, I've got to add my own version: while(true) { Console.WriteLine("This sucks!"); }
or:

if (BillLikes)
{
 addToPlaylist();
}
beelzebubba wrote:
Oh, how does this suck? Let me count the ways: for i=1 to 9999999999999 print i next i
That's the funniest thing I've read all week. But I couldn't disagree more. if winwood then run boogie boogie=hipwiggle+headnod+callowayfingerwag I think Traffic was amazing, but no one who was a real fan can say that some of the cuts off "Mr. Fantasy" and "Low Spark" weren't vastly inferior to this very, very good song. Others were precursors to this style, and there's a real evolution. The same can't be said for "Back in the High Life Again" -- that song just blows fourteen different directions at once. But THIS SONG... the pacing, the key, the lyrics, the edgy synth and that magnificent organ/drum rhythm combo. I really, really like this song.
*looks in pop-up and finds "Ho Hum" as an option* perfect.
I caught Steve Winwood a couple weeks ago at the Indian Casino here. He was REALLY Good...looked great and did a whole slew of Blind Faith and Traffic songs. I was empressed, the tickets were free, and I really wasnt expecting much, but dang! GREAT SHOW!
Probably depends on what 'i' is defined as being. Not sure what language this is in, but I suspect Official Psuedo Code, which uses variables which are immune to overflow problems. :) sirrus wrote:
I think your Winwood suck-o procedure will barf at 65,535 ways. :)
Traffic Yes Anything off this album No! Sucks... please do not play again. Makes me want to change the station...
beelzebubba wrote:
Oh, how does this suck? Let me count the ways: for i=1 to 9999999999999 print i next i
While that's close, I've got to add my own version: while(true) { Console.WriteLine("This sucks!"); }
beelzebubba wrote:
Oh, how does this suck? Let me count the ways: for i=1 to 9999999999999 print i next i
I think your Winwood suck-o procedure will barf at 65,535 ways. :)
Oh, how does this suck? Let me count the ways: for i=1 to 9999999999999 print i next i
Perhaps, but I don't think I ever heard *this* song on radio anywhere in the span of close to 20 years since the disk was released. Great tune from a pretty solid album, despite some of the songs getting a bit much airtime over the years. Old_Pool_Skunk wrote:
This whole album was terribly overplayed... but I've always liked Steve. No reason. :arrow: Next.
Don't understand the vitriol. I loved Traffic and Blind Faith. But I loved dancing to 80s Winwood too. Just relax and ease up on your anger and snob attitudes, people.
This whole album was terribly overplayed... but I've always liked Steve. No reason. :arrow: Next.
But it wasn't the bullet that laid him to rest was The low spark of high-heeled boys Too bad the boys didn't get to him before this album was made :D
This sucks beyond all else that sucks. It never ceases to amaze me how once-great musicians turned into total crap. I think the water in the '80s became polluted or something.
little stevie winwood is just marginal background music IMO
Agreed. Immediate good mood through a great song (and great timeframe)!
Illustr8r wrote:
It's called Growing Up. And be glad this isn't "Spy in the House of Love". As distasteful as this may be, SITHOL makes this sound like Mozart...
When did growing up equate to sucking? The Traffic Gods are not smiling right now.
INSTANT good mood! I see a common theme among the haters, namely context -- they hate Winwood, they hate 80's music, they hate synths. On its own merits, this song kicks ass.
deneb wrote:
Sure, not his best. But I've always had a soft spot for Winwood. .
And I've always had a particular dislike for him. It's for no particular reason; it's based mostly on this 80's solo work; and I won't even rate the song because it's such a baseless . . . loathing.
hcaudill wrote:
...I have to say this really is classic mid-80s FM-radio slop. Right up there with the same period's output from Van Halen, Jefferson Starship, Heart, and Rod Stewart.
HEY! Don't you dare badmouth mid-80s Van Halen! I'm hot for teacher, dude. Oh, wait. Wasn't I, like, 16 when I thought that was a good song? Ah, the rose-colored lenses...
Brad_Eleven wrote:
Oh, like you never did anything brilliant in your own life, then produced less-than-thrilling results later?
I think it's fair to hold Steve Winwood to a higher standard, considering his own earlier self-righteous posturing about the record industry's focus on money over art. And even if we forgive SW for this tripe, we shouldn't be celebrating it on RP years later.
ugh, this is...profoundly, irritatingly dull.
Funny, my wife and I were just having a difference of opinion regarding whether or not Steve Winwood was a sellout - she arguing that his work in the 80s was not so bad. It's been a while since I actually heard the stuff he was doing in that period, and I have to say this really is classic mid-80s FM-radio slop. Right up there with the same period's output from Van Halen, Jefferson Starship, Heart, and Rod Stewart.
I somewhat enjoy this whiteboy funk.
ludwig7 wrote:
How could the same guy front Blind Faith and Traffic, and then produce this slop? He went to all the effort of thumbing his nose at the record companies with Low Spark of High Heeled Boys, then turned around and catered to the corporate bottom line when on his own. Go figure.
Oh, like you never did anything brilliant in your own life, then produced less-than-thrilling results later? D'you suppose that people in your life have asked themselves the same thing about you?
ludwig7 wrote:
How could the same guy front Blind Faith and Traffic, and then produce this slop? He went to all the effort of thumbing his nose at the record companies with Low Spark of High Heeled Boys, then turned around and catered to the corporate bottom line when on his own. Go figure.
I recently saw part of an interview with him on PBS, wherein he said something dismissing his 80's output as an unfortunate blip in his career that he doesn't like to revisit. I think that was after Austin City Limits. Turns out he's a pretty good guitarist too... (always knew him as a keyboard player & singer).
ludwig7 wrote:
How could the same guy front Blind Faith and Traffic, and then produce this slop? He went to all the effort of thumbing his nose at the record companies with Low Spark of High Heeled Boys, then turned around and catered to the corporate bottom line when on his own. Go figure.
It's called Growing Up. And be glad this isn't "Spy in the House of Love". As distasteful as this may be, SITHOL makes this sound like Mozart...
Yeah, the mid-late 80s was a pretty MOR, commercial jingle sounding period for Winwood. But, some of his post-Traffic offerings are good. I liked his "Arc of a Diver" album from '81. Anyone have it to upload?
Sure, not his best. But I\'ve always had a soft spot for Winwood. And hearing this for what\'s almost certainly the first time since \'89 or so definitely provided my moment of realistic flashback for the day.
How could the same guy front Blind Faith and Traffic, and then produce this slop? He went to all the effort of thumbing his nose at the record companies with Low Spark of High Heeled Boys, then turned around and catered to the corporate bottom line when on his own. Go figure.