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 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.

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