Showing posts with label Errol Brown. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Errol Brown. Show all posts

Wednesday, 20 November 2019

Maya - Errol Brown

Having been a member of the legendary band Hot Chocolate, Errol Brown went solo in the mid-Eighties, and somehow I can't help but wish he'd been more successful as a solo singer. But to be honest, a single like this just wasn't handled all that well. The gatefold sleeve is quite nice, but the photograph of a caucasian girl seems a little odd when the lyric speaks about 'the reincarnation of an African queen'. The music on the A-side track is typical Eighties fare, but could have been produced with a little more care. And then there is the B-side... 'She's my lady' is the weakest song I ever heard from Errol. I bought this single hoping to hear something great, but to be honest it is a bit of a letdown. You can't win them all, I guess.

My collection: 7" single no. 6204
Found: Record fair, Utrecht, November 17, 2019
Cost: 1 euro
Tracks: 'Maya' / 'She's my lady'

Saturday, 18 June 2016

Love goes up and down - Errol Brown

Although 2016 has confronted us with morality in a big way - with David Bowie, Prince and several other big names in music departing - last year was no small matter either. In February Visage's face Steve Strange passed away, and in May we lost Errol Brown, the frontman of Hot Chocolate.

It's easy to forget that beside his 18 years with that band, he also released a handful of solo releases in the late Eighties. 'Love goes up and down' was his fourth solo effort, which only got to number 89 in the UK singles chart. If you listen to the song here, you'll hopefully agree that the song was very much underrated.

My collection: 7" single no. 5853
Found: Moses Records, Vienna
Cost: 1 euro
Tracks: 'Love goes up and down' / 'Thank you'

Listen to the song

Tuesday, 11 August 2009

Personal touch - Errol Brown

After the band Hot Chocolate disbanded in 1987, lead singer Errol Brown attempted a solo career. His debut solo single was this one, 'Personal touch', produced by Tony Swain and Steve Jolley. Released in July 1987, the single peaked at number 25 in the UK singles chart.

What's interesting is that the B-side of this single is actually more engaging than the A-side. Based around a gimmicky sound of a ringing telephone, it demands your attention throughout the song. In my opinion, this is a double A-side.

My collection: 7" single no. 3977
Found: Record Exchange, London, August 5, 2009
Cost: 50p
Tracks: 'Personal touch' / 'Why don't you call me'

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