In 1981, Prince, himself a rising musical star, suggested that his three female friends—his girlfriend Susan Moonsie, Boston native Brenda Bennett, and his personal assistant, Jamie Shoop form a girl group that would be called “The Hookers”. Prince’s vision was that the three women would perform in lingerie and sing sensual songs with lyrics about sex and fantasy.
The original trio recorded a few demos before Prince met Denise Matthews, a nude model and Canadian B movie actress, in January 1982. Prince was so taken by Matthews’ charisma that he decided she would be the perfect frontwoman for his “Hookers” project. Around this time, Prince and Matthews began a romantic relationship. With Matthews’ arrival, Shoop was dropped from the group. Matthews was eventually re-christened Vanity.
With the new trio finalized, Prince renamed the group Vanity 6. He provided the group, now dressed in lingerie and high heels, with provocative songs (although within the album credits, group members were sometimes given sole writing credits). Their first single, “He’s So Dull” did not do much on the charts, but did appear in the film National Lampoon’s Vacation. The second single “Nasty Girl” was a hit on both the U.S. R&B chart and U.S. Dance chart (where it hit number one), and it also made an appearance on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart. The third single, “Drive Me Wild”, was another minor hit.
Margaret Urlich began her career as the vocalist for the new wave group Peking Man with her brother Pat, Tim Calder, Perry Marshall, Jan Foulkes, Neville Hall, John Fearon and Jay F-bula. Peking Man won the 1984 Shazam! Battle of The Bands, (a TVNZ pop show) nz on screen, had a number of hit songs in New Zealand, “Good Luck to You”, which reached No. 6, “Lift Your Head Up High”, reaching No. 21 and the number one, “Room That Echoes”, in 1985. Later she was a member of an all-girl pop group in New Zealand called When The Cat’s Away. Urlich moved to Australia during the late 1980s and released her solo debut album Safety In Numbers in 1989. The album peaked at No. 4 on the New Zealand album charts and No. 5 on the Australian album charts and went triple platinum in Australia. Urlich winning an ARIA Award in 1991 for “Best Breakthrough Artist.”
“Number One (Remember When We Danced All Night)’ was the debut single from the Safety In Numbers album and is most well known for having one of the most obscure PWL remixes, being released on 12″ single in Australia only.
The single went to #10 in New Zealand and #24 in Australia, Pete Hammond was responsible for the remix.
Number One (Remember When We Danced All Night) (PWL Remix) 7:10
Number One (Remember When We Danced All Night) 4:00
Bonnie Tyler (born Gaynor Hopkins; 8 June 1951) is a Welsh singer. She was born in Skewen, Wales, and spent seven years performing in pubs and clubs around South Wales before being signed to RCA Records in 1975. Tyler came to prominence with the release of her 1977 album The World Starts Tonight and its singles “Lost in France” and “More Than a Lover”. Her 1978 single “It’s a Heartache” was a hit on both sides of the Atlantic, reaching number 4 in the UK and number 3 in the US. After winning the 10th World Popular Song Festival in 1979, Tyler converted from country music to rock music.
“Holding Out for a Hero” was recorded for the soundtrack to the 1984 film Footloose, and later appeared on the Bonnie Tyler album Secret Dreams and Forbidden Fire (1986). It was written by Jim Steinman and Dean Pitchford. Initially, the song only just reached the Top 100 in the UK Singles Chart, but made it to number 2 the following year, and re-entered the charts again at number 69 in 1991. The song reached No. 1 on the Irish Singles Chart on 28 September 1985.
The song’s instrumental break was reused from an earlier song by Jim Steinman called “Stark Raving Love”, which featured on Steinman’s 1981 album Bad for Good.
Bonnie Tyler re-recorded the song on her album Simply Believe (2004). German darkwave project Sopor Aeternus & the Ensemble of Shadows recorded a cover for their 2011 album Have You Seen This Ghost?. Another German band, van Canto, released a cover version of the song at their 2014 studio album Dawn of the Brave.
Holding Out For A Hero (Dance Version/Jellybean Remix) 6:19
Carol Douglas (born April 7, 1948) is an American singer whose hit “Doctor’s Orders” (1974) was a pioneer track in the disco genre.
In 1974, Douglas was recruited by Midland International Records via an ad in Showbiz magazine: label vice president/record producer Eddie O’Loughlin had heard the UK hit single “Doctor’s Orders” by Sunny and was seeking a female vocalist to cut the track for the U.S. market. Douglas’ audition led to a five-year contract and her version of “Doctor’s Orders”, became a hit reaching #2 on Billboard magazine’s Disco chart, #9 R&B and #11 on the Billboard Hot 100: the single also reached #4 in France.
Douglas’ other recordings included “Headline News” – a minor Edwin Starr hit from 1966 written by “Doctor’s Orders” co-writer Roger Greenaway remade by the latter track’s originator Sunny -, and in the tradition of “Doctor’s Orders” Douglas cut discofied covers of several songs which were current or recent hits in the UK including ABBA’s “Dancing Queen”, “I Wanna Stay With You” by Gallagher and Lyle and “So You Win Again” by Hot Chocolate. In 1977 she recorded the single “You Make Me Feel The Music” for the soundtrack to the film Haunted.
In 1981, Douglas’ cover of the Three Degrees’ “My Simple Heart” was released on 20th Century Records as by then the Midland International (aka Midsong) was defunct. “My Simple Heart” was also Douglas’ debut on Carrere Records based in Paris where Douglas lived for a time: in the early 1980s Carrère handled Douglas’ European releases while in the US Douglas was signed to O’Loughlin’s Next Plateau label.
Tracie Monique Spencer (born July 12, 1976 in Waterloo, Iowa) is an American R&B and pop singer-songwriter, actress, and model.
Spencer was born and raised in Waterloo, Iowa. She began singing by the age of three and modeling in pageant competitions at age five. Tracie performed, produced and directed her first music videos before she was ten years of age. This led to her competing on Star Search the 1980s CBS televised talent competition. She performed Whitney Houston’s 1986 hit “How Will I Know” and won the competition.
Shortly thereafter, she became the youngest female artist to sign a record deal with a major label, Capitol Records, and to release a self-titled debut album on January 16, 1988. She found success with the singles “Hide and Seek”, “Symptoms of True Love” and her remake of John Lennon’s “Imagine”.
“Symptoms of True Love” was written by German songwriter and producer duo Irmgard Klarmann and Felix Weber. Mixmaster Pete Hammond supplied the PWL Remix while David Todd mixed the Piano Dub.
“New York Groove” is a song written by Russ Ballard, the British glam rock band Hello first recorded the song in 1975, for their debut album, Keeps Us Off the Streets. The song was a number nine hit in the UK, and subsequently reached number seven in Germany.
Ace Frehley recorded the song for his solo album released in 1978. Frehley, like the other then-current members of Kiss, recorded and released a solo album. Released as a single, this song made it to No.13 on the American Billboard Hot 100 late that year, by far the highest charting single from any of the Kiss members’ solo albums.
Eleven were a German band who recorded four singles for WEA in the period 1986-87 and their third release was this dance version of “New York Groove”.
“Physical” is a song by Australian recording artist Olivia Newton-John for her twelfth studio album Physical. It was released in September 1981, by MCA Records as the lead single from the project. The song was written by Steve Kipner and Terry Shaddick, who originally intended to offer it to British singer-songwriter Rod Stewart, while production was handled by John Farrar.
The song was an immediate success, shipping 2 million copies in the United States, being certified Platinum, and spending 10 weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100, ultimately becoming Newton-John’s biggest American hit. The song reached number 7 on the UK chart in November. The song was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance and won the Billboard Award for Top Pop Single. “Physical” went on to become the biggest-selling single of the decade in the US.
The single, slightly edgier than she had been known for in the past (such as her songs from Grease and her country-pop ballad “I Honestly Love You”), proved to be immensely popular both in America and in the United Kingdom, despite the fact that the song was censored and even banned by some radio stations; due to its sexual content, for example the line: “There’s nothing left to talk about unless it’s horizontally”, in spite of Newton-John’s status as the reigning queen of soft-rock music at the time, “Physical” peaked at only number twenty-nine on the AC chart (its follow-up, the slightly softer-edged “Make a Move on Me,” found more acceptance at AC radio and went to number six AC as well as number five pop). The song was a big dance hit, crossed over to the Billboard R&B chart peaking at #28 there, and spawned a music video.
This French 12″ single features the rare extended version.
“Axel F” is the electronic instrumental theme from the 1984 film Beverly Hills Cop performed by Harold Faltermeyer. It was an international number 1 hit in 1985.
The title comes from the main character’s name, Axel Foley (played by Eddie Murphy), in the film.
Faltermeyer recorded the song using five instruments: a Roland Jupiter-8 provided the distinctive “supersaw” lead sound, a Moog modular synthesizer 15 provided the bass, a Roland JX-3P provided chord stabs, a Yamaha DX7 was used for bell and marimba sounds and a LinnDrum was used for drum programming.
In addition to the Beverly Hills Cop soundtrack, the song also appears on Faltermeyer’s 1988 album Harold F. as a bonus track. Reportedly, Faltermeyer was against including it, but MCA insisted as it was his most recognizable track. It was also used for the official starting lineup song of the Pasig Blue Pirates (later Pasig-Rizal Pirates) of the Metropolitan Basketball Association in the late 1990s.
Louil Silas Jr provided the original remix while Europe also received a remix courtesy of John Morales & Sergio Munzibai. A third remix also exists by Harold Faltermeyer known as “The London Mix”.
Loose Ends was a successful British R&B band that had several urban contemporary hits. The trio was formed in London in 1980, initially comprising vocalist and guitarist Carl McIntosh, vocalist Jane Eugene, and keyboard player, writer and founder Steve Nichol. The latter two left the group in 1989, bringing an end to the band’s most successful phase.
“Magic Touch ” is the fifth single from Loose Ends second studio album, So Where Are You?, and was released in May 1985 by Virgin Records. In the group’s native UK, the single reached number 16.
Jody Vanessa Watley (born January 30, 1959) is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, music maverick and one of music’s defining artists whose music crosses genres from Pop, R&B, Jazz, Dance and Electronic Soul. In 1987, she won the Grammy Award for “Best New Artist.” Along with Janet Jackson and Madonna, she ranks as one of MTV Video Music Awards most nominated female artists ever, with six nominations for her ‘Real Love’ video.
To date, she is best known for her role in being a pioneer setting trends and standards for dance, style, music and video. Early in her solo career she was also noted for her commercial dance pop stylings with a funky edge. Jody Watley is also noted as being the first Pop/R&B singer to include a rapper on the specialized verse/bridge with their collaboration on “Friends” released in 1989, featuring Eric B. & Rakim, which would become a popular formula in commercial Pop/R&B/Hip-Hop.
“Friends” appeared in the Top 10, peaking at number nine for one week on the Billboard Hot 100. It peaked at number three on the Hot Black Singles chart and number seven on the Hot Dance Club Play chart.
“Friends” was produced by Andre Cymone, the UK received this 12″ single with remixes by CJ Mackintosh & Dave Dorrell.