Another Lover

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"Another Lover"
Giant Steps - Another Lover.jpg
Single by Giant Steps
from the album The Book of Pride
B-side"Adrenalin"
Released1988 (1988)
Format7" vinyl, CD single, cassette single
Length3:40 (single version)
4:13 (album version)
LabelA&M
Songwriter(s)Colin Campsie, Gardner Cole, George McFarlane
Producer(s)Gardner Cole
Giant Steps singles chronology
"Another Lover"
(1988)
"Into You"
(1989)

"Another Lover", sometimes titled "(The World Don't Need) Another Lover", is a 1988 song by English duo Giant Steps, from their debut album The Book of Pride. Written by vocalist Colin Campsie, bassist/keyboardist George McFarlane and record producer Gardner Cole, the song was a top 20 hit single in the United States.

Release and reception[edit]

Released in the middle of 1988,[1] "Another Lover" peaked at number 13 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in November.[2] In addition, the single peaked at number 13 on the Singles Sales chart,[2] number 12 on the Hot 100 Airplay chart,[2] and number 25 on the Adult Contemporary chart.[3]

With "Another Lover", Giant Steps joined a wave of British acts, including Breathe and The Escape Club, who became American pop stars before being exported back to Britain.[4] McFarlane said of the single's UK re-release, "Already, we are noticing a better reaction to the record this time around."[4] He added, "It's getting more air play, and the general vibe is a bit better—all because it was a hit in America."[4] Campsie said "When we started out, this is the sound we went for, we were recording lead vocals, and I was knocking them out in three-quarters of an hour. I'm real proud of that. We try not to be too nit-picky about records. If it's good the first time you sing it, then that's very good. The spontaneity has to be there."[1]

Allmusic writer William Cooper described the song as "a catchy piece of dance/pop fluff".[5] The song was featured as the opening track to the 1989 comedy film Loverboy starring Patrick Dempsey.[6]

Track listing[edit]

7" Vinyl (UK, U.S., Canada)
  1. "Another Lover" - 3:40
  2. "Adrenalin" - 4:39
12" Vinyl (U.S., Canada)
  1. "Another Lover" (12" dance mix) - 7:45
  2. "Another Lover" (7" edit - new bass) - 4:12
  3. "Another Lover" (house dub) - 7:27
  4. "Another Lover" (LP version) - 4:13

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1988) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play[7] 10
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[2] 13
U.S. Adult Contemporary[3] 25
U.S. Cash Box Top 100 Singles[8] 12

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Britt, Bruce (1988-12-15). "Giant Steps Retraces Its Moves". The Ledger (via the Los Angeles Daily News). p. 9C.
  2. ^ a b c d Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits (8th ed.). New York: Billboard Books. p. 254. ISBN 978-0-8230-7499-0.
  3. ^ a b "Giant Steps - Charts & Awards - Billboard Singles". Allmusic (Rovi Corporation). Retrieved 2009-12-28.
  4. ^ a b c Adzgery, Sandy (1988-12-08). "British Groups Make Good in the U.S." Spartanburg Herald-Journal (via the Associated Press). p. B5. Retrieved 2009-12-28.
  5. ^ Cooper, William. "The Book of Pride - Review". Allmusic (Rovi Corporation). Retrieved 2009-12-28.
  6. ^ "Loverboy (1989) - Cast and Credits - Music". Yahoo. Retrieved 2009-12-28.
  7. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003. Record Research. p. 109.
  8. ^ "Cash Box Top 100 11/19/88". Cashbox. Archived from the original on 2016-05-30. Retrieved 2016-05-01.