Mel and Kim were a British pop duo, comprising sisters Melanie and Kim Appleby. They achieved success between 1986 and 1988 before Melanie succumbed to cancer.
Mel & Kim were born to British and Jamaican parents. In 1985, Mel recorded two demos solo, under Alan Whitehead’s management. The producers loved her voice and they asked her if she would have someone to sing with. That’s how Kim got involved. The girls recorded about five demos (according to Mr. Whitehead). One of these songs – “Wild and Crazy Love”,a Mary Jane Girls cover – can be heard on the Mel and Kim documentary on YouTube. The demos got them signed with Supreme Records, and Nick East – president of Supreme – put them in touch with Stock Aitken Waterman.
The duo’s second single, “Respectable” was a UK number one single for one week in March 1987. Written and produced by Stock Aitken Waterman, it was the team’s second number one. It was also number one in New Zealand for five weeks spanning July and August, and in Australia, Germany, Switzerland, and The Netherlands.
“The Tabloid Mix” of Respectable was remixed by Mix Master Phil Harding while the 7″ version and Extra Beats version appeared on the initial Club Mix of the single.
Respectable (The Tabloid Mix) 7:46
Respectable (7″ Version) 3:22
Respectable (Extra Beat Version) 8:02