Thursday, January 19, 2012

a little more love

Every once in a while, an inspired remix brings life back into a classic or a forgotten gem. This year, I'm putting cash money on a reworking of a long, lost single by one of the UK's finest blue eyed soul singers of the female variety. Step up Lulu! She's back, back, back!

After nearly 50 years since her first single, "Shout", Lulu is about to storm the dancefloors and, hopefully, the charts. Production team, The Knievels, have reswizzled "Love Loves To Love Love", her single from 1967 which only limped to a paltry #32 on the UK chart.

Here's the blazing original.

Not sure why it wasn't a bigger hit first time around. And now, here's the newly remixed version by The Knievels.

Magic! Reminds me a bit of treatment Junkie XL did on "A Little Less Conversation" which became a hit for Elvis Presley in 2002 after it barely scrapped into the US singles chart at #69 in 1968. Amazing what a little dance loop, some perfectly placed synths and a little fairy dust can do for record.

As a young marketing manager at EMI in the 90s, I had the opportunity to work with Lulu when she released "Independence" in 1993 which just missed the top 10 of the UK singles chart when it peaked at #11.

One of my favorite singles from Lulu's 90s repertoire was released the following year after she hit the top spot with Take That on their rendition of "Relight My Fire". "Goodbye Baby And Amen" only peaked at #51 in the UK singles chart, but I loved it and did my best to issue it in the US without luck.

1 comment:

  1. I will admit that the new mix isn't my favorite revamp, but she's still amazing. "Independence" is such a great song, and Lulu is part Cathy Dennis & part Rick Astley visually, but all Lisa Stansfield vocally in that video. At least that's what it looks to me that her producers were going for. My favorite Lulu song is "I Could Never Miss You (More Than I Do)"...I was only 12 when it came out, and yet to this day I still know all the lyrics and even the vocal vamps.