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You and Your Heart So Blue

“You and Your Heart So Blue” is a single by UK pop group Bucks Fizz. Released in June 1985, the song was written by Andy Hill and Peter Sinfield and was produced by Hill. This single was the last to feature member Jay Aston, who quit the group the same month.

The single release came at a traumatic time for the group. Having only just got over a coach crash, which had incapacitated the group for several months, the release date collided with member Jay Aston walking out of the band amid much publicity. Halfway through promoting the single, the group recruited a new female singer, Shelley Preston.[1] As well as this, Bucks Fizz (with Aston) had recently filmed a TV special in Mauritius, but went unscreened as the production company had gone bankrupt midway through filming.[2] The single became overshadowed in all the publicity and failed to reach the UK top 40, stalling at No.43, although is now considered by fans to be one of the group’s best songs .[3][4]

Despite the fact that Aston was still with the group at the time of release, the promotional video for the song only featured three members.[5] This is most likely because the group’s management knew she was leaving and decided to leave her out of the video, although they did some promotional TV work with her to support the song. The new line-up with Preston was premiered on the popular talk-show, Wogan, where they elected to perform this song, although too late to revive its chart fortunes.

The picture cover of the 7″ and 12″ single didn’t feature a photo of the group, possibly because the membership was in a state of flux, although a limited edition EP of the single did feature the group – with Aston (although she was noticeably separated from the other three).[6] The B-side of the song was the earlier Bucks Fizz hit, “Now Those Days Are Gone”, which was included to signify the recovery of member Mike Nolan, who was the most badly injured of the group in the coach crash. The 12″ version of the single included a new song, “Evil Man” – a song solely written and performed by departing member Aston, while the EP included two previously unreleased tracks, “One Touch (Don’t Mean Devotion)” and “Censored” – both tracks which had previously been recorded by writer Andy Hill’s spin-off group, Paris. “You and Your Heart so Blue” was later included on the group’s fifth studio album Writing on the Wall, released in 1986.

An earlier version of “You and Your Heart So Blue” was uncovered during the making of the album The Lost Masters in 2006 and was included on the album in two different versions. This version was significantly different in that the lead vocals were sung by Cheryl Baker – rather than Bobby G as on the single version, and the song was completely different in tone, containing a light reggae beat in comparison to the heavy rock edge that the single had.[7] Another alternate mix was featured on The Lost Masters 2 – The Final Cut, released in 2008.

“You and Your Heart So Blue” was covered in 1992 by The Four Seasons [8]

When We Were Young (Bucks Fizz song)

“When We Were Young” is a 1983 single by UK pop group Bucks Fizz. Featuring lead vocals by member Jay Aston, the song became their sixth top ten hit in the UK, and one of their biggest hits in Europe.

The song was written by Warren Harry (under the name Warren Bacall) and was produced by Brian Tench and Andy Hill – the first time Hill had not solely produced one of the group’s singles.[2] The song’s lyrics tell of a woman in old age, who laments the fact that she has lost her youth and looks.

The song was notable for its change in direction for the group. The production was heavy and the song had an ominous tone far removed from the group’s usual pop sound. It was the first and only single to feature lead vocals by Jay Aston. Aston’s vocals were notably different from her solo appearances on previous songs (e.g. “Getting Kinda Lonely” on Bucks Fizz and “Easy Love” on Are You Ready). At the time of release, Aston said of the song: “It’s a very different kind of song. It’s much harder and heavier and a concerted effort from Andy and the production team. We’ll probably lose a lot of our old fans with this single but I hope we’ll interest lots of new people.”[3] Aston has also said that she was adopting an affected voice, similar to Hazel O’Connor, although a review at the time remarked on her simulating Lene Lovich.[4] Aston has since stated, despite the song’s success, her vocal affectation wasn’t a good idea, although has rated it her favourite Bucks Fizz song, while member Cheryl Baker has commented that she never liked the song due to its downbeat tone.[5]

The single was released in June 1983 on 7″ and 12″ vinyl. It was also released on 7″ and 12” vinyl picture discs. The B-side to the single was “Where the Ending Starts” (also featuring Aston on lead), which had been recently released on the group’s third album, Hand Cut. The 12″ single featured an extended version of the song with a long drum-laden passage after the second chorus. Included on this also was a previously unreleased bonus track “When the Love Has Gone”.[6][7] “When We Were Young” was later featured on the group’s first Greatest Hits album, released in November 1983.[8] In 2005, it was released in a slightly edited form on the Bucks Fizz compilation, The Ultimate Anthology.

What’s Love Got to Do with It (song)

“What’s Love Got to Do with It” is a song recorded by the American singer Tina Turner, released in 1984. It was taken from her fifth solo album, Private Dancer and became Turner’s most successful single.

Although Turner had already scored a UK Top 10 and U.S. Top 30 hit some months earlier with her rendition of “Let’s Stay Together”, “What’s Love Got To Do With It” gave Turner her first and only U.S. number one. The song ranked #309 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time”. It also ranked #38 on Songs of the Century. It was the 17th best-selling single of 1984 in the United Kingdom. In 1993, the song’s title was used as the title for the biographical film about Turner’s life.

It was featured in the Miami Vice episode “Calderone’s Return (Part II)”, as Sonny Crockett and Ricardo Tubbs leave St. Andrews Island by boat and end credits.

In 2012, “What’s Love Got to Do with It” was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame[2] giving Turner her 3rd Grammy Hall of Fame Award and her 11th Grammy Award.

These Boots Are Made for Walkin’

“These Boots Are Made for Walkin'” is a hit song written by Lee Hazlewood and recorded by Nancy Sinatra. It was released on February 22, 1966,[citation needed] and hit No. 1 in the United States Billboard Hot 100 and in the UK Singles Chart.[2]

Subsequently, many cover versions of the song have been released in a range of styles: metal, pop, rock, punk rock, country, dance, and industrial. Loretta Lynn, Jessica Simpson, Kon Kan, Geri Halliwell, The Residents, Megadeth, Jewel, Operation Ivy, Parquet Courts, and KMFDM also released covers of the song. Leningrad Cowboys titled their version “These Boots”, and released a video of the song, directed by Aki Kaurismäki.

Talking in Your Sleep (The Romantics song)

“Talking in Your Sleep” is a chart-topping hit song by Detroit rock band The Romantics. It was a #3 U.S. hit in early 1984 and became a UK hit in August that year for British band Bucks Fizz.

The song is in natural minor.[1]

The song appeared on the Romantics’ 1983 album In Heat and was the Romantics’ biggest chart hit, garnering substantial radio airplay and a million in US 45 RPM single sales.

The song reached #3 – where it held for three weeks – on the Billboard Hot 100 in early 1984.[2] It also went to #1 on the Hot Dance Club Play chart,[3] as well as hitting the top of Billboard’s Album Rock Tracks chart.[4]

In Australia, “Talking in Your Sleep” climbed to #14 on the Australian Singles Chart (Kent Music Report)[5]

Run for Your Life (Bucks Fizz song)

“Run for Your Life” is a 1983 single by UK pop group Bucks Fizz. It was written by Andy Hill and Ian Bairnson and became the group’s eighth consecutive top 20 hit in the UK. It featured on the group’s third album Hand Cut.

“Run for Your Life” was written by the group’s regular songwriter Andy Hill and Ian Bairnson, who was a prolific session guitarist and had worked with Bucks Fizz many times.[1] It was also produced by Hill. The song’s lyrics talk about feelings of paranoia and insecurity. Lead vocals are shared by members Mike Nolan and Bobby G in the verses, while the whole group sing the bridge and chorus.

The song was the opening track on the group’s third album, Hand Cut, which was released the same month. The single was released on 7″ vinyl and a special 10″ picture disc. The B-side was “Shot Me Through the Heart”, which also featured on the Hand Cut album. Around this time, the group filmed a BBC television special, Live at Blazers, to promote the album and closed with this song.[2] They also embarked on a UK tour, comprising 25 dates during March and April, finishing with two nights at the Dominion Theatre in London.[3]

In 2008, a new extended version of this song was produced and included on the group’s album, The Lost Masters 2 – The Final Cut.

Rules of the Game (song)

“Rules of the Game” is a 1983 single by UK pop group Bucks Fizz. It fared poorly in the UK Charts, becoming their first single to miss the top 40.

The song was written by Warren Harry (under the name Warren Bacall), who had written their top 10 hit “When We Were Young” a few months earlier. [2] It was produced by Brian Tench with co-production by Andy Hill.

Released in November 1983, it proved to be one of the group’s least successful singles, peaking at No.57. Despite this, it remained on the Top 100 Chart for 10 weeks.[3] The record’s chart failure was commented on by the group some months later, with member Jay Aston stating; “It didn’t get played. It came out a bit too soon after ‘London Town’ and got a bit lost among the Christmas stuff”. Bobby G agreed that the record company was putting out too many singles at the time, “We gave them a lot of material and record companies, being what they are, released it.”[4] Following this they decided simply to not give any of their finished material over. As a result, the next single was released some nine months later.

The single was released in tandem with their first Greatest Hits album. The B-Side, “When We Were at War”, a ballad, was written by the group themselves. At 6 minutes running length, it remains the longest song recorded by the group. “Rules of the Game” features lead vocals by member Cheryl Baker. The song’s lyrics centre on a woman who becomes famous and turns her back on her old friends, but when the fame ends, she finds herself desperately lonely.[5] Baker has since said of her dislike for this song, stating that she finds the lyrics depressing and was unhappy with the affected way she was asked to sing, although it remains a fan-favourite.[6] The single received a negative review in Smash Hits, although it said it was an improvement on their previous single “London Town”.[7] The Promotional Video shows the group performing the song as moderators of a game featuring two martial arts players.[8]

An extended 12″ version of the song was produced but never released at the time. It finally surfaced on a re-release of the group’s Are You Ready album in 2000.

Piece of the Action

Piece of the Action is the second single by pop group Bucks Fizz, the follow-up to the Eurovision-winning song “Making Your Mind Up”. It was released in May 1981 and became a UK top 20 hit.

Following the group’s success at the Eurovision Song Contest, their record company, who had signed them for an album deal, were keen to release a follow-up single. “Piece of the Action” had already been recorded by the group prior to the contest and was seen as the perfect pop vehicle to move them away from the rock and roll style of “Making Your Mind Up”. Bill Kimber, executive with RCA Records, was keen to see Bucks Fizz continue successfully, as he later recalled;

“One thing that happens with Eurovision groups is that they have one single as a result of the contest and then they quickly throw out another single which isn’t good enough and everybody forgets them. With Bucks Fizz we worked very hard to get a song that was strong and had good value radio-wise, commercially and was well-produced.”

He and Andy Hill, the producer went through a number of songs, eventually deciding on “Piece of the Action”.[2] The recording was completed by 24 April at Mayfair Studios in London and were struck onto master tape along with the B-side “Took It to the Limit” and album track “Getting Kinda Lonely”.[2] The single was released on 17 May 1981 and reached number 12 during a nine-week run in the UK charts and was certified silver.[3] As a Eurovision-winning follow-up, this was the highest chart placing ever achieved by an artist in the UK, the contest being notorious for producing one-hit wonders. The single also became a hit around Europe as well as in Australia and New Zealand.

The song’s lyrics concern a man who is desperate to gain the attention of a woman to be a part of her exciting life. The promotional video of the song features the group in a variety of outfits and performing the routine in a night club-like setting. Much thought was put into the image for the group at this time, with the group’s creator Nichola Martin deciding on khaki, rather than jeans or leather as it was not so obvious and was currently in fashion. They wore this for the night club scenes in the video and also for their soon-to-be-released-album cover.[4][2]

The song was written and produced by Andy Hill and was the opening track on their first album, Bucks Fizz. [5] A demo version of the song was later uncovered and included on the group’s 2008 compilation, The Lost Masters 2 – The Final Cut.

“Piece of the Action” was covered by the Bay City Rollers in 1983 as a Japanese-only single release. [6]

One of Those Nights

“One of Those Nights” is a 1981 single by UK pop group Bucks Fizz. Written by Steve Glen, Mike Burns and Dave Most, it was the group’s third single and their third UK top 20 hit.

The song was released in August 1981 and was the group’s third single, following on from their win at the Eurovision Song Contest earlier in the year. The single reached No.20 in the UK Charts and remained in the top 75 for 10 weeks.[1] “One of Those Nights” featured on the group’s debut album, Bucks Fizz, which was released two weeks earlier. In the US and Canada, the song was included on their debut release there in 1982. The Montreal Gazette singled this song out for praise calling it “stunning” and commended its use of “full four-part harmony as its main theme”.[2] In 2015 Music-News.com said that it was “classy”.[3]

David Van Day of the pop duo, Dollar stated that they were offered the song some months earlier, but declined it.[4] In a curious twist, Dollar were at No.19, while this song was at No.20 in the charts.[5]

The song centres around a man who is pining for a former lover who has left him, despite him doing everything he could to please her. [6] “One of Those Nights” was a change of pace for the group, after two upbeat singles, this one was more slow-paced and dramatic. Its lead vocal was performed by member Bobby G. Unlike their other releases, the group didn’t record a Promotional Video for this single.

A demo version of this song was recently released on the 2008 album, The Lost Masters 2 – The Final Cut.[7]

Now Those Days Are Gone

“Now Those Days Are Gone” is a single by UK pop group Bucks Fizz. It became a UK top ten hit in July 1982 and featured on the group’s album Are You Ready. The song was nominated for an Ivor Novello award the following year.

Written by Andy Hill and Nichola Martin and produced by Hill, this was the group’s only single to feature member Mike Nolan on lead vocals, it was also the last to be co-written by Martin, who founded the group. The song was a stark contrast to the group’s singles up to this point, which had all featured very full pop productions, this time, the song was partly an a cappella piece with soft harmonies and a gentle orchestral build towards the end. Years later, Nolan commented on the recording of the song saying that he favoured another ballad from the album called “Love Dies Hard” but it had already been given to other male member Bobby G. The vocal harmonies were very intricate and took many takes to get right in the studio. When the album was finished, Hill invited record company executives to listen to the tracks and at the close of this song there was a round of applause where they instantly decided this would be the next single, much to Nolan’s delight.[2] One reviewer remarked that the impressive vocal structure would give Bucks Fizz some much-needed credibility.[3]

The song centres around the narrator who looks back on younger days and recalls how innocent he was then, and reflects on the love he once felt for his partner. The promotional video for the song saw the group in a World War II setting, with Nolan as a radio singer and members Bobby G, Cheryl Baker and Jay Aston being caught in a love triangle.[4][5] Much of the video was filmed in Hyde Park, London. Nolan’s scenes were completely studio bound, meaning that he finished the shoot early while the other three were filmed on location. Baker recalls that while walking along the Serpentine lake, Bobby G was attacked by a group of swans and had to be rescued.[2] The single sleeve’s cover shot was taken at the group’s publicist, Jenny Halsall’s manor house in Cambridge.

New Beginning (Bucks Fizz song)

“New Beginning (Mamba Seyra)” (often referred to as simply “New Beginning”) is a 1986 single by UK pop group Bucks Fizz. It was a comeback hit (their first release on Polydor Records), achieving their highest chart placing for four years.

The song was written by Mike Myers and Tony Gibber and was produced by Myers along with the group’s regular producer Andy Hill. According to the group, the recording of the song took an unusually long time due to the vocal tracks. As well as the group recording their vocals repeatedly, there was also a children’s choir and gospel choir used on the track. The musicians in the studio also were used on distant back-up vocals. Member Cheryl Baker remembers one version where Hill instructed them to deliberately sing out of tune, which she found difficult.[1] The original mix of the song was completed in February 1986.[2]

“New Beginning” (as it is very often more simply referred) was originally recorded a year earlier by Force 8 – who were actually pop group The Dooleys under an assumed name.[3] The theme of the song is one of hope where the narrator talks about building a happier world, with some parts of the song sung in Swahili and Spanish.[4] The video for the single depicts the group performing the song in a Metropolis-type setting backed by dancers and drummers – due to the heavy drum sound on the track.[5]

My Camera Never Lies

“My Camera Never Lies” is a 1982 single by pop group Bucks Fizz. It became the group’s second consecutive (and third overall) UK number-one in April 1982.[3] The song was written by Andy Hill and Nichola Martin,[1] and was featured on Bucks Fizz’s second album Are You Ready.

“My Camera Never Lies” was written by Andy Hill and Nichola Martin and produced by Andy Hill.[1] Hill was the group’s regular songwriter and producer, while Martin had been the woman who had put the group together and occasionally co-wrote some songs. This was her only No. 1 hit, although she also co-penned the follow-up, “Now Those Days Are Gone”, which was a top 10 hit. Hill recorded the male vocals first since they were more straightforward and then added in the female parts. He considered the middle section with the members repeating “my camera” at each other to be the most complex part, but commended the group for mastering this sequence without prior rehearsal.[4] The lyrics concern a man who is following his partner around to investigate her actions. The “camera” of the title being his view of the situation.[4]

The promotional video which accompanied the song begins with shots of the group in a white room dressed in new romantic-style clothes. The group members are seen singing the song to camera (sometimes through an Olympus 35mm lens) in a blue-tinged studio. The chorus sees them performing the song’s dance routine to camera while intercut with split-screen effects of all four members. Interspersed through the video are quick snippets of the group re-enacting scenes from famous movies including Bonnie and Clyde, Gone With the Wind, The Wizard of Oz and Cleopatra.[5] Member Cheryl Baker was dressed as Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz clip but has since confirmed that the other characters depicted were not Bucks Fizz but production personnel.

 

Making Your Mind Up

“Making Your Mind Up” is a song by British pop group Bucks Fizz. It was the winner of the 1981 Eurovision Song Contest and a UK Number-one single. Released in March 1981, it was Bucks Fizz’s debut single, the group having been formed just two months earlier. From 2004 to 2007 the BBC used the name Making Your Mind Up for their Eurovision selection show in honour of the song.

In late 1980, songwriter Andy Hill teamed up with John Danter and composed “Making Your Mind Up” with an eye to entering it into the A Song for Europe finals the following year. Working with his then girlfriend, Nichola Martin, a former singer, they set about recording a demo of the song to enter. This featured the vocals of Hill, Martin and Mike Nolan, a singer Martin had worked with before. Martin then set about gathering a line-up to enter the song with, based around her and Nolan. With the song already entered under the name Bucks Fizz, Martin and future manager, Jill Shirley recruited Cheryl Baker, Bobby G and Jay Aston to the line-up, with Martin herself dropping out. The song secured an entry into the final along with another Hill/Danter composition, “Have You Ever Been in Love”, which would be performed by Martin and Hill under the name Gem.[2]

Martin and Shirley secured a recording deal with RCA Records and Hill spent a week at Mayfair Studios in London with the group recording the song and its B-side. Backing vocals on the record were supplied by Alan Carvell, who also went on to be one of two backing singers in the Eurovision performance. The song was published by Paper Music, which was a year-old publishing company owned by Billy Lawrie – himself a songwriter and brother of singer Lulu.[3] Choreographer Chrissie Whickham, a former member of dance troupe Hot Gossip, spent two days with the group working on the dance routine.[4]

The lyrics of the song are largely meaningless, although it can be argued that they are about making the decision to commit to a serious relationship.

Magical (song)

“Magical” is a pop rock song written by American musician Meat Loaf and British musician John Parr, and it was released as a 1985 single by Parr as a part of his self-titled debut album. A few months later, an alternative version of the song was released in the U.K. as a single by pop group Bucks Fizz. It entered the charts by both artists in the U.S. and U.K. respectively but was not a big hit for either, although Parr’s version managed to rise into the top 40 of Billboard’s Mainstream Rock chart.

Love the One You’re With

“Love the One You’re With” is a song by folk rocker Stephen Stills. It was released as the lead single from his debut self-titled studio album in November 1970. The song, inspired by a remark Stills heard from musician Billy Preston, became his biggest hit single, peaking at number 14 on the Billboard Hot 100 in early 1971.[1] David Crosby and Graham Nash, Stills’ fellow members of Crosby, Stills & Nash, provide background vocals on the song. The song was also covered by a number of artists, including The Isley Brothers, Bucks Fizz, and Luther Vandross.

London Town (Bucks Fizz song)

“London Town” is a 1983 single by UK pop group Bucks Fizz.[2] It was their first single not to reach the UK top 20, breaking a run of nine consecutive top 20 hits. The song was written and produced by Andy Hill.

Released in September 1983, this was the group’s tenth single. The song became their first single to peak outside the top twenty after nine consecutive top 20 hits. Eventually reaching No.34, the song remained on the chart for six weeks.[3] It fared better in other countries however, such as Poland where it reached No.6, Austria: No.19 and Ireland: No.24.

Written by Andy Hill, the lyrics tell of someone who is finding it difficult to adjust to life in a big city but is determined to stay.[4] Lead vocals on the track are by member Bobby G, although he was unhappy with the way his vocals were mixed, giving them a distorted quality, claiming that he “sounded like a munchkin”.[5] This single was a short-notice replacement for another song, “Invisible”, which featured lead vocals by Jay Aston, but was withdrawn for reasons which are unclear. Details of its release had already been announced to the fan club and mentioned on radio.[6] The song was eventually released on the 12″ version of “I Hear Talk” over a year later. The B-side of the single featured a track written by Bucks Fizz themselves, called “Identity”. This track featured Mike Nolan on lead vocals and was produced by Bobby G. The 12″ single featured an extended remix of “London Town”.

The Promotional Video features the group performing the track with backing dancers in a variety of indoor locations including a Tube station.[7] Part of the video was filmed in Holloway Sanitorium, a disused mental hospital in London. A scene featuring member Jay Aston being attacked by a man (played by her real-life brother, Lance) was cut from the finished version.[8] The single received an unfavourable review in Smash Hits (reviewed by comedian Lenny Henry), who said that although he liked their previous singles, this was lacking a melody and was overproduced (to which the magazine added “(understatement!)”). He did however compliment the drum sound on the track.[9] In 2015 Guardian journalist Bob Stanley commented favourably on the group in general and selecting certain songs such as this saying “dig deeper and you’ll find a minor hit from 1983, the agitated, juddering London Town”.[10]

The song featured on the group’s first Greatest Hits album, released soon after.[11] It was also released on The Ultimate Anthology (2005) with a revised ending. It has never been included on a Bucks Fizz studio album.

The Land of Make Believe

“The Land of Make Believe” is a 1981 single by British band Bucks Fizz. It reached No.1 in the UK in early 1982 – the second single by the band to do so. The song was produced by Andy Hill with music by Hill and lyrics by ex-King Crimson member Peter Sinfield. Despite the apparent sugar-coated style of the song, Sinfield later claimed it was a subtle attack on Margaret Thatcher and her government’s policy at the time.[1] “The Land of Make Believe” became a big hit across Europe in early 1982, topping the charts in Netherlands, Belgium and Ireland as well as the UK. The song was later covered by pop band allSTARS* for a 2002 single release.

Keep Each Other Warm

“Keep Each Other Warm” is a 1986 single by Bucks Fizz.

The song peaked at No.45 in the UK in December 1986.[1] It was the fifth and final single from their Writing on the Wall album, which was released at the same time. It also received positive reviews in the music press with Number One magazine stating; “Their best effort yet with the new line-up, but set beside the sheer genius of say “The Land of Make Believe”, it doesn’t really cut the cake”,[2] while Smash Hits predicted; “Bucks Fizz will find themselves back with a very welcome hit”.[3] Like many other Bucks Fizz singles, “Keep Each Other Warm” was produced by Andy Hill and also co-written by him with Pete Sinfield.

The B-side was a song called “Give a Little Love”, which went on to become a top 20 hit by Aswad two years later.[4][5]

In 1989, “Keep Each Other Warm” was covered by Barry Manilow and released on his self-titled album. Manilow’s version was released as a single, reaching No.7 on the U.S. Billboard Adult contemporary chart.[6]

I Love Music (The O’Jays song)

“I Love Music” is a disco song written by Gamble and Huff and recorded by The O’Jays. It appeared on the group’s 1975 album Family Reunion. The single version went to number one on the soul singles chart and reached number five on the Billboard Hot 100.[1] In the UK, the song peaked at number 13 in the Top 40 singles charts, in March 1976. The single was most successful on the US Disco File Top 20 chart, where it spent eight weeks at number one.[2]

I Hear Talk (song)

“I Hear Talk” is a 1984 single by UK pop group Bucks Fizz. It was written by Andy Hill and Peter Sinfield – the team responsible for the group’s biggest hit in the UK, “The Land of Make Believe”.[1][2] It was also produced by Hill. Released as a single in December 1984, it is the title track from the group’s fourth studio album. In 2010, this song was chosen to be the first single by The Original Bucks Fizz in a live jazz-style reworking.

If You Can’t Stand the Heat (song)

“If You Can’t Stand the Heat” is a single by UK pop group Bucks Fizz. It was released in November 1982 and became the group’s fifth top 10 single in the UK. The song was written by Andy Hill and guitarist Ian Bairnson. It was also produced by Hill.

Written by Andy Hill and Ian Bairnson and produced by Hill, the song became the group’s fifth top 10 single (and seventh consecutive top 20 hit), eventually peaking at No.10 in January 1983.[2][3] It was certified silver by the BPI for sales of over 250,000 in the UK.[4]

The lyrics of the song tell of someone who is manipulative, but when faced with her own medicine, can’t handle it, hence the song’s title. The song was a change for the group in that it was their first single where the two female members took the lead vocals on the track – according to the group, this was done due to requests from fans. It has also been noted that the faint reggae beat on the track gives it a slight variation on the group’s usually straightforward pop. The song received a positive review from Record Mirror magazine, which complimented the song’s production values, calling it “Another truly staggering pseudo-dramatic epic”.[5] It was also well received by Smash Hits which said “Bucks Fizz still know how to make really cultured pop singles” while also complimenting the production.[6]

The Promotional Video depicts a day in the life of Bucks Fizz, beginning with member Jay Aston oversleeping and then joining the rest of the group for rehearsals, press interviews and culminating in a live performance.[7] The live performance was specially shot for the video at the Shaftesbury Theatre in London, the audience being made up of fan-club members. The video also features their manager Jill Shirley, tour manager Tony McGrogan and fan-club organiser, Gay Purle.

The song featured on the group’s third album, Hand Cut, released in 1983, while an extended 12″ remix was released in tandem with the 7″. The B-side of the single, “Stepping Out” was written and produced by the group themselves. The single came in two different picture sleeves – both with the same photographs, but with different coloured backgrounds – yellow and orange.[8]

An alternate mix of the song appeared on the group’s 2005 compilation The Ultimate Anthology.

(If Paradise Is) Half as Nice

“(If Paradise Is) Half as Nice” is a popular 1969 single by Amen Corner.

Originally written by the Italian singer-songwriter Lucio Battisti[1] for La Ragazza 77, alias Ambra Borelli, in 1968 as “Il paradiso della vita” (“The paradise of the life”), and later in 1969 for Patty Pravo as “Il Paradiso” (“The paradise”), it was translated into English by Jack Fishman.[1] When it was offered to The Tremeloes as a potential single, they rejected it. It was recorded by Amen Corner as their debut single for their new record label, Immediate Records, and was produced by Shel Talmy.[1] The most successful of the band’s six hit singles, it reached number one on the UK Singles Chart for two weeks in February 1969,[2] and number 34 when it was reissued in 1976.[3]

There are two differing versions of the song by Amen Corner; one with orchestra and a prominent horn through the middle eight, and one version without either. However, the basic track and vocals appear the same in both.[citation needed]

In 1987, Bucks Fizz member Cheryl Baker recorded the song and released it as a single.[citation needed]

Golden Days (song)

“Golden Days” is a 1984 single by the UK pop group Bucks Fizz. Written by Terry Britten and Sue Shifrin, it was the follow-up to their top 20 single “Talking in Your Sleep”, but failed to chart as highly. A month later it was featured on the band’s fourth studio album I Hear Talk. “Golden Days” was originally recorded by Cliff Richard.

Released in October 1984, this was the thirteenth single by the group but failed to achieve the success of the group’s previous hits and stalled at No. 42 in the UK Singles Chart.[1] With lead vocals by member Bobby G, the song tells of a fading movie star who is desperate to regain some of her former glory.[2] The song was written by Terry Britten (who wrote “What’s Love Got to Do with It” – also recorded by Bucks Fizz) and Sue Shifrin and was produced by Britten – the only Bucks Fizz single not to be produced by Andy Hill.[3]

Released in October 1984, this was the thirteenth single by the group but failed to achieve the success of the group’s previous hits and stalled at No. 42 in the UK Singles Chart.[1] With lead vocals by member Bobby G, the song tells of a fading movie star who is desperate to regain some of her former glory.[2] The song was written by Terry Britten (who wrote “What’s Love Got to Do with It” – also recorded by Bucks Fizz) and Sue Shifrin and was produced by Britten – the only Bucks Fizz single not to be produced by Andy Hill.[3]

The promotional video for the song featured the group as 1920s film stars, depicting them in a black and white film as well as behind the scenes in colour. The movie star in question was played by member Cheryl Baker. As well as a 7″ and 12″ single, “Golden Days” was also released as a limited edition 7″ picture disc EP, which featured a live medley of rock tracks which the group had performed in concert.[4] “Golden Days” was then included on the group’s album I Hear Talk, released soon after the single.

The song was originally recorded by Cliff Richard as “The Golden Days are Over” a year previously on his album, Silver.[5]

A new extended mix of the song was produced in 2008 and featured on the Bucks Fizz album, The Lost Masters 2 – The Final Cut.

Heart of Stone (Bucks Fizz song)

“Heart of Stone” is a song written by Andy Hill and Pete Sinfield for the band Bucks Fizz in 1988, and recorded by the band at Abbey Road Studios in London. The following year it was recorded by Cher as the title track of her album of the same name.[1]

“Heart of Stone” was originally recorded by Bucks Fizz and released as a single in 1988. It was the group’s 20th single and their last one to chart, reaching number 50 on the UK Singles Chart in November 1988.[2] The single was accompanied by a Promotional video of the group performing the song inside and outside of a country mansion.[3] The mansion was owned by Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees who claimed that his house was haunted by the ghost of a gardener who enjoys playing pranks on the Gibb family. As a reference to this, a gardener was fleetingly seen in some shots.[4]

Soon after this, the group released The Story so Far, a greatest hits album, which featured “Heart of Stone” as the only new track (at a shortened 3:58). Bucks Fizz recorded several other songs at this time, but due to the low chart position of this single, went unreleased until they were unearthed for a compilation album of unreleased Bucks Fizz songs, The Lost Masters in 2006. Member Cheryl Baker later recorded a lead vocal for the track which was also included on The Lost Masters collection. Journalist Mark Frith said that the song was “a gusty pop classic”.[5]

Don’t Pay the Ferryman

“Don’t Pay the Ferryman” is a single by Chris de Burgh from his 1982 album The Getaway.

It became Chris de Burgh’s first UK hit single almost eight years into his recording career when it entered the chart on 23 October 1982 and peaked at number 48, staying on the chart for five weeks.[2] In 1983, the single reached number 34 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States.[3] AllMusic critic Sharon Mawer states the song has become “a standard art rock classic” and one of de Burgh’s most frequently played songs on radio despite not reaching the top 40 on its original UK release.[1]

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