Showing posts with label Belinda Carlisle. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Belinda Carlisle. Show all posts

Tuesday, 12 April 2011

World without you - Belinda Carlisle

I'm not ashamed to admit that photography is one of the reasons I like Belinda Carlisle's singles so much. She's always managed to find the right photographer to put her on the cover of her singles - and this one is a good example of that.

That's not to say that 'World without you' is a bad song: it's very pleasant pop, written by one of America's most famous writers, Diane Warren. Okay, it's a bit formulaic, but most of Carlisle's songs have that quality to them: formulaic pop, delivered with that strange voice that is a mix between a sheep and a nasal whistle-tone. The single reached number 34 in the UK singles chart.

My collection: 7" single no. 5059
Found: Record fair, Utrecht, April 9, 2011
Cost: 1 euro
Tracks: 'World without you' / 'Nobody owns me'

Sunday, 30 January 2011

Mad about you - Belinda Carlisle

After the Go-Go's broke up in 1985, Belinda Carlisle (born August 17, 1958) embarked on a solo career. Her first solo album 'Belinda' was released in 1986. It was a successful album in the USA and Canada, although it didn't trouble the charts in Europe.

'Mad about you' was released as a single from the album, reaching number 3 in the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, and also reaching the top 10 in Australia. Duran Duran's Andy Taylor played guitar on some of the tracks on the album and appeared in the music video for 'Mad about you'.

My collection: 7" single no. 5013
Found: Record fair, Amsterdam, January 29, 2011
Cost: 0,5 euro
Tracks: 'Mad about you' / 'I never wanted a rich man'

Monday, 19 April 2010

Spirit of the forest - Spirit of the forest

After Band Aid, Dance Aid, Ferry Aid and USA for Africa, the Gentlemen without weapons figured they had something to add to the growing amount of charity singles: a rainforest appeal. Together with the animal and rainforest noises which they'd already used for an album, they rounded up lots of famous artists to record 'Spirit of the forest'.

Somehow, the idea didn't quite work. The song sounded a bit naff and people were apparently not so concerned about the destruction of the rain forest as they were about starving children in Africa. The single was a commercial failure, but fans of Afrika Bambaataa, Jon Anderson, B52's, Michael de Barre, Big Country and the few dozen other artists mentioned on the sleeve of this single had another collector's item to get their hands on.

My collection: 7" single no. 900
Found: Free Record Shop, Den Haag, June 23, 1989
Cost: 6,5 guilders
Tracks: 'Spirit of the forest' / 'Spirit of the forest'

Friday, 16 April 2010

Vision of you - Belinda Carlisle

'Vision of you' was the fifth single taken from Belinda Carlisle's album 'Runaway horses' (1990). Like most of her work during that time, the song was written by Rick Nowels and Ellen Shipley and produced by Rick Nowels. The single featured a remixed version of the album version, giving it a more uptempo sound.

The song was the lowest charting single from the album. In the UK, it only managed to reach number 41. The single was re-released a year later after the success of '(We want) the same thing' and 'Summer rain', but it charted lower at number 71.

My collection: 7" single no. 4810
Found: Record fair, Utrecht, April 10, 2010
Cost: 1 euro
Tracks: 'Vision of you' / 'Leave a light on (Kamikazee mix)'

Saturday, 27 February 2010

La Luna - Belinda Carlisle

Released in 1989, 'La luna' ('The moon') was the second single from Belinda Carlisle's album 'Runaway horses'. The track was written by Rick Nowels and Ellen Shipley and produced by Nowels - as most of her output up until then.

The single reached number 10 in Switzerland, but ended up outside the top 10 in other territories. In the UK singles chart, 'La luna' stalled at number 38.

My collection: 7" single no. 4584
Found: Velvet Vinyl Outlet, Leiden, February 26, 2010
Cost: 1 euro
Tracks: 'La luna' / 'Whatever it takes'

Wednesday, 21 October 2009

Circle in the sand - Belinda Carlisle

'Circle in the sand' was written by Rick Nowels and Ellen Shipley, who wrote many of Belinda Carlisle's hit singles in the late Eighties and early Nineties. The track was released as the third single from Belinda's1988 album 'Heaven on earth'.

The single was a worldwide success, reaching number 7 in the US Billboard Hot 100, number 4 in the UK singles chart and number 14 in the Dutch Top 40.

My collection: 7" single no. 1780
Found: Record fair, Den Haag, October 25, 1992
Cost: 2 guilders
Tracks: 'Circle in the sand' / 'Circle in the sand (Seaside mood groove mix)'

Tuesday, 15 September 2009

(We want) The same thing - Belinda Carlisle

I first noticed the track '(We want) The same thing' when I saw Belinda Carlisle perform the song live in Bournemouth with Kim's brother Rick Wilde on guitar in 2004. The song rocked! I don't think I heard the song before.

The song was written by Rick Nowels and Ellen Shipley and appeared on Belinda Carlisle's third album 'Runaway horses' (1989). It was released as its fifth single in October 1990. It peaked at number 6 in the UK singles chart.

My collection: 7" single no. 4023
Found: Vinylfabriek, Haaksbergen, September 14, 2009
Cost: 1 euro
Tracks: '(We want) The same thing' / 'Shades of Michaelangelo'

Monday, 23 March 2009

In too deep - Belinda Carlisle

I'm not the world's biggest Belinda Carlisle fan, but I do have a few singles by her. And this is one of them: a rather attractive limited edition picture disc 7", bought during a holiday in England.

The interesting thing is, I've forgotten all about the A-side track 'In too deep' but I still remember the B-side track '(We want) The same thing'. I know why, too: I once saw her perform that song live in Bournemouth, in the middle of the summer, with Ricky Wilde backing her on guitar. It was an extremely happy sunny day.

My collection: 7" single no. 2714
Found: HMV, London, July 4, 1996
Cost: 2 pounds
Tracks: 'In too deep' / '(We want) The same thing'

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