Sinitta!

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Sinitta!
Studio album by Sinitta
Released December 26, 1987
Recorded 1983 - 1987
Genre R&B, soul, pop, disco
Length 46:38
Label Fanfare Records
Producer Stock, Aitken and Waterman
Trevor Vallis
James George Hargreaves
Paul Hardcastle
Sinitta chronology
- Sinitta!
(1987)
Wicked
(1988)
Singles from Sinitta!
  1. "Cruising"
    Released: 1984
  2. "So Macho"
    Released: 1985/1986
  3. "Feels Like The First Time"
    Released: September 1986
  4. "Toy Boy"
    Released: 25 July 1987
  5. "GTO"
    Released: 12 December 1987
  6. "Cross My Broken Heart"
    Released: 19 March 1988
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Sinitta! is the debut studio album by American/British singer Sinitta, released in 1987.[2] It features her biggest and best-known hit, "So Macho".

Album information[edit]

In 1987 Simon Cowell, then a talent scout, became closely associated with record producer Pete Waterman and would spend time with Waterman at his PWL studios complex, being mentored by him and learning about the effective running of a successful music business.[3]

Around this time Cowell was desperate for Stock Aitken Waterman (SAW) to write and produce for Sinitta. "Feels Like The First Time", Sinitta's subsequent single following "So Macho", had charted low (number 45 UK Oct 1986) and only spent 5 weeks on the chart, whereas, in contrast, "So Macho" had been on the UK chart for 28 weeks in 1986, where it had peaked at number 2. Initially Waterman declined to work with Sinitta, claiming that SAW were too busy.[3] In the end though, SAW did work with Sinitta and her first single with the Hit Factory was "Toy Boy".

In his book, Simon Cowell claims to have come up with the song idea for "Toy Boy", coining the phrase 'toy boy' which described older women dating considerably younger guys.[3] However, this is contradicted by writer/producer Mike Stock in his book The Hit Factory - The Stock Aitken Waterman Story as he claims that his inspiration came from the fact that Sinitta herself at the time was dating a younger man. Whichever way the story goes, "Toy Boy" was a massive hit reaching number 4 in the UK in July 1987, staying on the charts for 14 weeks. The song was the 26th best-selling single of 1987 in the UK, selling more than some number ones from that year, including Michael Jackson and Siedah Garrett with "I Just Can't Stop Loving You" and Steve 'Silk' Hurley with "Jack Your Body".[citation needed]

Sinitta went on to have a further five hit singles with PWL including "G.T.O." (Number 15 - December 1987), "Cross My Broken Heart" (Number 6 - March 1988), "I Don't Believe In Miracles" (Number 22 - September 1988), "Right Back Where We Started From" (Number 4 - June 1989) and "Love On A Mountain Top" (Number 20 - October 1989).

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Toy Boy"   Stock Aitken
Waterman
Stock Aitken
Waterman
3:25
2. "Who's Gonna Catch You (When You Fall)"   Stock Aitken
Waterman
Stock Aitken
Waterman
3:20
3. "Cross My Broken Heart"   Stock Aitken
Waterman
Stock Aitken
Waterman
6:50
4. "GTO"   Stock Aitken
Waterman
Stock Aitken
Waterman
3:30
5. "Rock Me Slow"   Bob Mitchell, Nick Graham Trevor Vallis 4:54
6. "So Macho"   James George Hargreaves James George Hargreaves 3:25
7. "Oh Boy (You've Got a Lot
to Learn)"  
Paul Hardcastle Paul Hardcastle 5:15
8. "If I Let You Go"   Paul Hardcastle Paul
Hardcastle
7:09
9. "Feels Like the First Time"   James George Hargreaves James George Hargreaves 3:45
10. "Cruising"   James George Hargreaves James George Hargreaves 5:04

Bonus tracks[edit]

CD version bonus tracks

  1. "Toy Boy" (Extended Bicep Mix) – 7:38 (bonus track)
  2. "G.T.O." (Modina's Red Roaring Mix) – 7:31 (bonus track)
  3. "So Macho" (12" Remix) – 5:42 (bonus track)

Notes[edit]

  • - On the CD version of album, the 6:50 album version of "Cross My Broken Heart" was replaced by the single version, its duration 3:43.
  • - On the CD version of album, the 5:15 album version of "Oh Boy (You've Got a Lot to Learn)" was replaced by the edit of the song, its duration 3:30.
  • - On the CD version of album, the 7:09 album version of "If I Let You Go" was replaced by the edit of the song, its duration 4:35.

Charts[edit]

Chart (1987/1988) Peak
position
UK Albums Chart[4] 34

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ "Sinitta - Sinitta (Vinyl, LP, Album) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-01-12. 
  3. ^ a b c Cowell, Simon (2004). I Don't Mean To Be Rude But... Ebury Press. ISBN 978-0-09-189828-1. 
  4. ^ chartstats.com