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Paul Young

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The Resume

    (January 17, 1956- )
    Albums include ‘No Parlez,’ ‘The Secret of Association,’ ‘Between Two Fires,’ ‘Other Voices’ and ‘From Time to Time: the Singles Collection’
    Songs include ‘Iron Out the Rough Spots,’ ‘Wherever I Lay My Hat,’ ‘Come Back and Stay,’ ‘Every Time You Go Away,’ ‘I’m Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down,’ ‘Everything Must Change’ and ‘What Becomes of the Brokenhearted’

Why he might be annoying:

    He covered a surprisingly large number of songs, mostly classic R&B.
    He had a tendency to wear chunky hand knitted sweaters or suits made of leather — nasty even by early 80s standards.
    He sported a massive mullet in his heyday.
    Despite releasing a ‘singles’ collection, ‘Every Time You Go Away’ was his only major success story in North America.
    His voice was constantly plagued by throat conditions, which came to a head in the 90s.
    He loves to visit Mexico.
    A Desperate Housewives character and a member of Mike & the Mechanics have the same name.

Why he might not be annoying:

    Before making his way up to frontman, he had a successful tenure as a backing musician.
    He had a sizable collection of original compositions.
    He was well-known for remaking material that would otherwise have been lost in time.
    In the (live) clip for ‘I’m Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down,’ he worked his microphone stand as easily as a twirling baton.
    He delivered the opening line for the original ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas.’
    He met his future wife while shooting the video for ‘Come Back and Stay.’ They had three children (the last born in 1996).
    ‘Then There’s You,’ a single from his 1997 self-titled CD, was covered by The Wilkinsons.

Credit: Cool It All Right?


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Year In Review:

    For 2021, as of last week, Out of 4 Votes: 0% Annoying
    In 2021, Out of 9 Votes: 88.89% Annoying
    In 2020, Out of 4 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2019, Out of 20 Votes: 25.00% Annoying
    In 2018, Out of 2 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2017, Out of 4 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2016, Out of 9 Votes: 55.56% Annoying
    In 2015, Out of 5 Votes: 60.0% Annoying
    In 2014, Out of 12 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2013, Out of 26 Votes: 30.77% Annoying
    In 2012, Out of 20 Votes: 65.00% Annoying
    In 2011, Out of 63 Votes: 44.44% Annoying
    In 2010, Out of 18 Votes: 66.67% Annoying
    In 2009, Out of 24 Votes: 37.50% Annoying
    In 2008, Out of 52 Votes: 44.23% Annoying
    In 2007, Out of 74 Votes: 70.27% Annoying
    In 2006, Out of 135 Votes: 49.63% Annoying