Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Number 652 - Racey

Number 652


"Some Girls"

For a while in the late 70's early 80's there was a influx of bands/performers who graced the world stage and produced some memorable (obviously) wave of pop songs. Groups like The Knack, Racey, Toni Basil, Moving Pictures, Loverboy, Mi-Sex, The Vapors, Lipps Inc, Nick Gilder, Flying Lizards & Queen, just to name a few of the "oh i know that song.... it was sung, er, ah" brigade. Yes i was joking about Queen (I Think). Anyhoo the two standouts from that wee little list would have to be The Knack's "My Sharona" (definitely) and Racey's "Some Girls". Lets go for a skipity doo down to 1979 (Thanks ).
Racey scored a series of hit singles in the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand including "Lay Your Love On Me" and "Some Girls". Their Smash and Grab album sold about 500,000 copies worldwide. The band's hits were written and produced by Mike Chapman and Nicky Chinn. Another Chinn-Chapman song, "Kitty", was reworked and released by Toni Basil as "Mickey" in 1981; it reached Number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and Number 2 in the UK Singles Chart in early 1982. Racey's first single, "Baby It's You", was penned by Smokie members Chris Norman and Pete Spencer. (Does anyone remember "Baby its you" by the Canadian (?) group The Promises? now there's a belter of a song!)
For Toni Basil see Number 674
For Smokie see Number 824
For Chris Norman see Number 831
For Queen see Numbers 805, 799, 747 & 539 (Oh, they made into the top 1000 4 times.. didn't know that)
Their second single, "Lay Your Love On Me", was the RAK record label's best-selling single, selling about 950,000 copies in the UK alone. Their third single, "Some Girls", was written for Blondie, for whom Mike Chapman also produced, but was instead given to Racey as a follow-up to "Lay Your Love On Me". (Bet you didn't know that! ~ crowbrred) Racey parted company with Chinn and Chapman after Smash And Grab, and the band split in 1985. Since then two separate groups named Racey exist, one featuring Richard Gower, and the other originally featuring Clive Wilson, Phil Fursdon and Pete Miller, the original bass player of Racey. Miller died of cancer on 6 May 2003. Racey was a British pop group, formed in 1976 in Weston-super-Mare, by singer Phil Fursdon and Clive Wilson. The group was formerly known as Alive 'n' Kickin.
For Blondie see Number 594
I checked through the bowels of Rolling Stone, and, well as you guessed, it did not know who Racey were/are, however they did think "Racey" was a form of men's bathing pants similar to "Speedo's"
Rolling Stone Top 500 Songs ranked this song at Number ("Please refer to our swimsuit edition....coming out this fall") and the Album ranked at Number ("No Sir.....Eminem doesn't wear Speedo's i believe")
This song has a crowbarred rating of 70.5 out of 108 pts

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