Wired for Sound

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Wired for Sound
Studio album by Cliff Richard
Released September 1981[1]
Recorded 27 May-9 June 1981[1]
Label EMI
Producer Alan Tarney[1]
Cliff Richard chronology
Love Songs
Wired for Sound
Now You See Me, Now You Don't
Singles from Wired for Sound
  1. "Wired for Sound"
    Released: August 1981[1]
  2. "Daddy's Home"
    Released: November 1981[1]
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars [2]

Wired for Sound is a 1981 album by Cliff Richard. The album spent 25 weeks in the UK album charts in 1981, peaking at number 4 on release.[3][4] Two songs from the album - the title track and "Daddy's Home" - were also top ten hits, reaching number 4 and number 2, respectively.[5] Globally the album has sold over 1.1m copies.

The video for the title track was filmed in the centre of Milton Keynes, the new town in Buckinghamshire, and showed Cliff rolling along on rollerskates and listening to music on a Walkman cassette player.[6][7]

"Daddy's Home" was originally a US hit for Shep and the Limelites in 1961. The version included here was recorded live at the Hammersmith Odeon on 1 May 1981.

"Broken Doll" is a cover of a Wreckless Eric single from 1980. Reportedly, Richard also wanted to record Eric's (I'd Go The) Whole Wide World too, but only if he could change some of the lyrics - which Eric refused.[2]

"Young Love" was given new lyrics and retitled "The Last Kiss" for a cover by David Cassidy and George Michael. It was released as the lead single for Cassidy's 1985 album Romance becoming a top ten hit in the UK and Germany.[8][9]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Wired for Sound" (Alan Tarney/B. A. Robertson)
  2. "Once in a while" (Alan Tarney)
  3. "Better Than I Know Myself" (Dave Cooke/Judy MacKenzie)
  4. "Oh No Don't Let Go" (Alan Tarney)
  5. "'Cos I Love That Rock 'n' Roll" (Alan Tarney)
  6. "Broken Doll" (Eric Goulden/Walter Hacon)
  7. "Lost in a Lonely World" (Chris Eaton)
  8. "Summer Rain" (Chris Eaton)
  9. "Young Love" (Alan Tarney)
  10. "Say You Don't Mind" (Alan Tarney)
  11. "Daddy's Home" (live) (James Sheppard/William Miller)

The album was remastered in 2001, and featured the B-sides from the album's two singles as bonus tracks:

  1. "Shakin' All Over" (live) (Frederick Heath)
  2. "Hold On" (Alan Tarney)


  1. ^ a b c d e Lewry, Peter; Goodall, Nigel (1991). Cliff Richard The Complete Recording Sessions 1958-1990. London: Blandford. pp. 128–129,156–157,175. ISBN 0-7137-2242-8. 
  2. ^ a b Wired for Sound at AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-05-02.
  3. ^ "Cliff Richard's UK positions". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2014-01-03. 
  4. ^ "Years of Gold (12 September 1981 LP charts)". Retrieved 2008-12-18. [dead link]
  5. ^ Guinness World Records, British Hit Singles 14th edition p.378.
  6. ^ "Official Wired for Sound (song) video clip". Official Cliff Richard. Retrieved 2015-05-01. 
  7. ^ "Celebrity Fifteen to One". 20 June 2014. Channel 4.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  8. ^ "David Cassidy's UK Chart positions". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2015-04-04. 
  9. ^ "David Cassidy's Germany Chart positions". GfK Entertainment. Retrieved 2015-04-04.