Forever and Ever (Slik song)

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"Forever and Ever"
Single by Slik
from the album Slik
B-side "Again My Love"
Released 1975
Format 7" single
Genre Glam rock, progressive rock
Label Bell Records
Writer(s) Bill Martin, Phil Coulter and Jim McGinlay (B-Side)
Producer(s) Bill Martin, Phil Coulter
Slik singles chronology
"Boogiest Band in Town"
(1975)
"Forever and Ever"
(1975)
"Requiem"
(1976)
Alternative cover

"Forever and Ever" is a UK number-one single by Slik released in 1975.[1] It was number one for one week in February 1976.[2][3] It was also a hit in Ireland, reaching number two on the charts there; it was Slik's only song to ever chart in Ireland or outside the UK. It was written by the well established songwriting partnership of Bill Martin and Phil Coulter who had recently split from writing for the Bay City Rollers.

The song was originally recorded by Kenny and appeared on their 1975 debut LP, The Sound Of Super K.

Description[edit]

This was the one and only UK number-one 1 single for Slik, although lead singer and songwriter Midge Ure went on to have two more number ones in the UK as a member of Band Aid with "Do They Know It's Christmas?" in 1984 and as a solo artist in 1985 with "If I Was". Ure went on to join New Wave band Ultravox, then a fledgling band led by Dennis Leigh, later known as John Foxx and a successful electronic musician, who also played glam rock material like Slik in their early days such as their previous single "Boogiest Band in Town", which was unsuccessful.

The success of "Forever and Ever" saw the band appear on Top of the Pops. It was guitarist and singer Midge Ure's first TV appearance. The single was backed with "Again My Love".[1]

The single also reached the Top 30 in Germany.[4] In 1976, EMI Electrola released a German edition of the single.[5]

The success of the song was followed by another hit, "Requiem" which made the UK top 30.[6]

Track listing[edit]

  • A-side: "Forever and Ever" (Bill Martin/Phil Coulter)
  • B-side: "Again My Love" (Jim McGinlay)

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Slik - Forever And Ever (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2014-03-27. 
  2. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 323. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  3. ^ Slik - The Best Of booklet (Repertoire label, 1999). Chris Welch, London, England, 1999.
  4. ^ [1][dead link]
  5. ^ "Slik - Forever And Ever (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2014-03-27. 
  6. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 507. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
Preceded by
"Mamma Mia" by ABBA
UK number one single
February 14, 1976 for one week
Succeeded by
"December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night)" by The Four Seasons