Showing posts with label Marshall Hain. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Marshall Hain. Show all posts

Wednesday, 27 May 2020

Dancing in the city (Summer '92 remixes) - Marshall, Hain

'Who comes up with these things?' is a question I ask myself sometimes when I hear remixes of great old songs. Take for instance this 'Summer 92' take on Marshall & Hain's 'Dancing in the city'. Steve Proctor may have had a good time creating this (as evidenced on the title of the B-side: it's certainly self-indulgent but not a pleasure to listen to!) but the song suffers.

I must say that I am a fan of the British duo but these remixes don't really do them justice. One has to wonder what would have happened if they'd stayed together longer. Their music would certainly have been a joy to listen to with more eighties influences. As it stands, Kit Hain now lives in the USA and has become an author of novels, whereas Julian Marshall is a songwriter, composer, teacher, lecturer, mentor and musician.

My collection: 7" single no. 6288
Found:, received May 27, 2020
Cost: 2 euro
Tracks: 'Dancing in the city (Summer '92 remix)' / 'Dancing in the city (Steve's self-indulgent trumpet mix)'

Friday, 9 March 2012

Dancing in the city - Marshall, Hain

Although I was only seven years old when this single was released, I can say that I've loved this song from the very beginning. I bought the single years later, but that was only because I had a double LP with this track on it since early 1979. And then there was this 12" single...

Every year in June there was a street market in a street near to my parents' house. The first time ever I went there I found this 12" single, featuring 'Dancing in the city', and pressed on blue vinyl. I was stunned. Even if it wouldn't contain an extended version, I simply had to have it. And so I bought it. It didn't even cost that much, although I'm sure it's pretty rare and hard to find now. But I might be wrong of course.

My collection: 12" single no. 9
Found: Braderie, Den Haag
Cost: 3 guilders or so
Tracks: 'Dancing in the city' / 'Take my number'

Wednesday, 14 April 2010

Dancing in the city 1987 - Marshall Hain

In 1987, Dutch DJ Ben Liebrand remixed Marshall Hain's 1978 hit 'Dancing in the city'. It wasn't just a straightforward remix, as singer Kit Hain contributed new vocals to the track, adding a new verse. Gerbrand Westveen played the saxophone on this new version.

The single was released in the summer of 1987, but failed to chart.

My collection: 7" single no. 4800
Found: Record fair, Utrecht, April 10, 2010
Cost: 0,5 euro
Tracks: 'Dancing in the city (Summer city '87)' / 'Dancing in the alley'

Tuesday, 28 April 2009

Dancing in the city - Marshall, Hain

'Dancing in the city' was the debut single of Marshall Hain, the duo formed by Julian Marshall and Kit Hain. The single peaked at number 3 in the UK and number 7 in the Netherlands. The single even made it to the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, peaking at number 43 in the winter of 1979. Meanwhile, the duo released one more single, 'Coming home' and an album, 'Free ride'. After these were unsuccessful, the duo called it quits.

My collection: 7" single no. 403
Found: Disco Market, Den Haag, 1986
Cost: 1 guilder
Tracks: 'Dancing in the city' / 'Take my number'

Sunday, 16 November 2008

Coming home - Marshall Hain

Say Marshall Hain, and most people with some knowledge of the late seventies charts will reply with 'Dancing in the city'. A typical one hit wonder act, Julian Marshall and Kit Hain only released on album ('Free ride') before going their separate ways. Kit Hain tried to launch a solo career, but that didn't go so well either.

'Injustice!', I cry, for the follow-up to 'Dancing in the city' is a jewel. 'Coming home' was released in October 1978 and scraped the lower regions of the UK singles chart for a couple of weeks. The album 'Free ride' includes a version that is slightly different from the single version, because it omits the great fretless bass intro, replacing it with vocals from Julian Marshall instead.

So here it is, in all its glory, the single version of 'Coming home' and the B-side 'Different point'. Just to prove that I was right in buying this, even if I was just an eight year old kid.
My collection: 7" single no. 72
Found: Disco Market, Den Haag, 1978
Cost: 1 guilder
Tracks: 'Coming home [7" version]' / 'Different point'
Download: here
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