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"New Song" is the debut single by musician Howard Jones, released in September 1983. The single reached number three on the UK Singles Chart. The single spent 20 weeks on the Top 75. In the US, "New Song" peaked at #27 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, although it was not released there until early 1984. The track later appeared on Jones' debut album Human's Lib. The single's B-side was titled "Change the Man". The twelve-inch single featured an extended version of "New Song" together with "Change the Man" and the original studio version of "Conditioning", which would be re-recorded for Human's Lib. "New Song" itself was later re-recorded for The 12" Album, in a version denoted "New Version". This featured a lot of multi-layered piano, in contrast to the austere synthesizer sound of the original seven and twelve-inch versions. Equipment used for the song includes a Roland Juno-60 synthesizer, Moog Memorymoog synthesizer, and an E-mu Drumulator drum machine. On the UK seven-inch single, the song's lyric is printed in a spiral on the A-side label, with all the credits printed on the B-side. 


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I've been waiting for so long
To come here now and sing this song
Don't be fooled by what you see
Don't be fooled by what you hear 

This is a song to all my friends
They take the challenge to their hearts
Challenging preconceived ideas
Saying goodbye to long standing fears

Don't crack up, bend your brain, see both sides
Throw off your mental chains

I don't want to be hip and cool
I don't want to play by the rules 
Not under the thumb of the cynical few
Or laden down by the doom crew

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Howard Jones

Howard Jones (born John Howard Jones, 23 February 1955, Southampton, Hampshire, England) is a British musician, singer and songwriter. According to the Guinness Book of British Hit Singles & Albums, "Jones is an accomplished singer-songwriter who was a regular chart visitor in the mid 1980s with his brand of synthpop. Jones, who was equally popular in the U.S., appeared at Live Aid".Allmusic journalist, Stephen Thomas Erlewine adds, "Jones was one of the defining figures of mid 1980s synthpop. His music merged the technology intensive sound of New Wave with the cheery optimism of hippies and late 1960s pop. Jones racked up a string of hits in the mid and late 1980s, before he retreated into being a cult figure in the 1990s". more »

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