Boy (Book of Love song)

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"Boy"
Book of Love Boy single.jpg
Single by Book of Love
from the album Book of Love
B-side "Book of Love"
Released 1985
Format 7" vinyl, 12" vinyl
Recorded Early 1985, Unique Recording, NYC
Genre Synthpop, new wave
Length 2:57 (album version)
Label Sire Records
Writer(s) Theodore Ottaviano
Producer(s) Ivan Ivan
Book of Love singles chronology
"Boy"
(1985)
"I Touch Roses"
(1985)
Music video
Boy on YouTube
"Boy (Remixes)"
BOLBoy2000.jpg
Single by Book of Love
from the album I Touch Roses: The Best of Book of Love
Released 30 January 2001
Late 2000 (Promo)
Format 12" vinyl, 2 x 12" vinyl, CD single
Recorded Early 1985, Unique Recording, NYC
2000 (New remixes)
Genre Synthpop, new wave
Length 3:11 (Peter Rauhofer Remix, album edit,
a.k.a. Big Red Mix)

9:59 (Peter Rauhofer Club Mix)
Label Sire Records
Writer(s) Theodore Ottaviano
Producer(s) Ivan Ivan
Peter Rauhofer
Headrillaz
Dubaholics
RPO
Ted Ottaviano & Bill Coleman
Book of Love singles chronology
"Hunny Hunny"/"Chatterbox (Pt. 2)"
(1993)
"Boy (Remixes)"
(2001)
"I Touch Roses (Markus Schulz Remixes)"
(2001)
Music video
Boy (Big Red Mix) on YouTube

"Boy" is the title of the 1985 debut single by the American synthpop band Book of Love. The song was included on the band's eponymous debut album Book of Love in 1986.

Although the song failed to reach the Billboard Hot 100 chart, it did make the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart, where it peaked at no. 7 in April 1985.[1]

"Boy" was written by band member Theodore ("Ted") Ottaviano and features a prominent tubular bells melody. The band secured a recording contract when the demo of the song was given to DJ/producer Ivan Ivan, who then passed it along to Seymour Stein of Sire Records.[2]

The song is also notable for its uncommon (in a mainstream pop song of its time) subject matter, describing the frustrations of a woman who likes "a boy who likes boys".[3] The lyrical content, however, is veiled and suggestive rather than overt and explicit, presumably due to the unease surrounding homosexuality in some circles of US culture in the mid-1980s. Ted Ottaviano said in a 2016 Village Voice interview that the song "is actually written about Boy Bar, which was a very exclusive gay club in the East Village."

In 1985, a rare Australian promotional video was shot for the single. (see External links for video) On May 21, 1985, the song was featured on American Bandstand's rate-a-record segment.[4] Up against B.E. Taylor Group's "Reggae Rock & Roll", "Boy" won the competition with the score of 84.[4]

In 2000, almost sixteen years later, the song was remixed by noted club DJ Peter Rauhofer, as well as Headrillaz, Dubaholics, RPO, and re-released to dance clubs in late 2000/early 2001. These remixes, including an almost ten-minute-long version by Rauhofer, again charted on the Billboard Club Play chart under the title "Boy (Remixes)", this time reaching no. 1 on the dance chart in February 2001.[5] Both the original version of "Boy" as well as an edit of the remix by Rauhofer were included on Book of Love's greatest hits album, I Touch Roses: The Best of Book of Love, in 2001.

In 2001, a promotional video remix titled 'Big Red Mix' was made for the album edit of the Peter Rauhofer remix using footage from the band's 1989 appearance at Bill Graham's In Concert Against AIDS benefit show in San Francisco. (see External links for video)

The song is played during a club scene in the episode "Limbo" of the American television series Halt and Catch Fire.

Track listings[edit]

1985 7" Single (Sire Records 7-29030)[edit]

Side A: "Boy" - 3:02

Side B: "Book of Love" - 4:31

1985 12" Maxi-Single (Sire Records 0-20229)[edit]

Side A:

  1. "Boy" (Extended Mix) - 4:28
  2. "Boy" (Dub) - 5:00

Side B:

  1. "Boy" - 3:02
  2. "Book of Love" - 4:31

2000 2 x 12" Promo (Reprise Records PRO-A-100359)[edit]

Side A:

  1. "Boy" (Peter Rauhofer Club Mix) - 9:59

Side B:

  1. "Boy" (Headrillaz Extended Vocal Mix) - 7:10
  2. "Boy" (Headrillaz Dub) - 3:30

Side C:

  1. "Boy" (Peter Rauhofer Dub) - 8:18

Side D:

  1. "Boy" (Headrillaz Club Dub) - 4:47
  2. "Boy" (A Cappella) - 3:24

2001 12" Promo (Reprise Records – PRO-100499)[edit]

Side A:

  1. "Boy" (Dubaholics Remix) - 6:11
  2. "Boy" (Dubaholics Dub) - 5:13

Side B:

  1. "Boy" (RPO Remix) - 6:40
  2. "Boy" (Sound Bisquit "Blame" Dub) - 8:00

2001 2 x 12" Single (Reprise Records 0-44928)[edit]

Side A:

  1. "Boy" (Peter Rauhofer Club Mix) - 9:59

Side B:

  1. "Boy" (Headrillaz Extended Vocal Mix) - 7:10
  2. "Boy" (Headrillaz Dub) - 3:30

Side C:

  1. "Boy" (Dubaholics Remix) - 6:11
  2. "Boy" (Dubaholics Remix) - 5:13

Side D:

  1. "Boy" (Peter Rauhofer Dub) - 8:18
  2. "Boy" (RPO Remix) - 6:40

2001 CD Single (Reprise Records 9 44928-2)[edit]

  1. "Boy" (Peter Rauhofer Club Mix) - 9:59
  2. "Boy" (Peter Rauhofer Dub) - 8:18
  3. "Boy" (Headrillaz Extended Vocal Mix)" - 7:09
  4. "Boy" (Headrillaz Dub) - 5:32
  5. "Boy" (RPO Remix) - 6:40
  6. "Boy" (Dubaholics Remix) - 6:11
  7. "Boy" (Dubaholics Dub) - 5:13
  8. "Boy" (Original 12" Version) - 4:27
  9. "Boy" (Sound Bisquit "Blame" Dub) -8:00

Personnel[edit]

Written by Theodore Ottaviano.

  • Jade Lee - Drums
  • Ted Ottaviano - Keyboards, bells
  • Lauren Roselli - Keyboards
  • Susan Ottaviano - Lead vocals

1985 Version Credits

  • Engineered by Steve Peck
  • Recorded and mixed at Unique Recording, NYC
  • Mastered with Herb Powers at Frankford Wayne, NYC
  • Produced by Ivan Ivan
  • Cover concept by Book of Love and Zoë Brotman
  • Art Direction by Zoë Brotman/Studio Zed

2001 Remixes Credits

  • Remix A&R coordination Tracks 3-9 (CD): Bill Coleman for Peace Bisquit, NYC.
  • Remix and additional production on Peter Rauhofer Remix (Big Red Mix), Peter Rauhofer Club Mix, Peter Rauhofer Dub, A Capella, by Peter Rauhofer for Unique Productions, NYC.
  • Remix and additional production on Headrillaz Extended Vocal Mix, Headrillaz Dub, Headrillaz Club Dub, by Headrillaz (Caspar Kedros and Darius Kedros) at The Bunker. Edits by Albert Cabrera for One Rascal.
  • Postproduction and remix on RPO Remix by Rick Pier O'Neil at RPO Traxx, France.
  • Remixing on Dubaholics Remix and Dubaholics Dub by The Dubaholics for Dubaholics Productions at the Asylum Studios, UK. Rhodes: Antony Gorry. Bass licks: Mall.
  • Production and remix on Sound Bisquit "Blame" Dub by Ted Ottaviano and Bill Coleman for Peace Bisquit and Sound Umbrella. Mixed by Doug McKean at World of Beauty, NYC.
  • Cover art by Bill Jacobson, copyright 1993, Interim portrait #525, courtesy of Julie Saul Gallery, NYC.
  • Art direction and design by Ethan Trask.

Charts[edit]

Year Song Chart peak positions
US Club Play[6]
1985 "Boy" 7
2001 "Boy" (Remix) 2
2001 "Boy" 1
Preceded by
"Lovin' You" by Kristine W
Billboard Hot Dance Club Play number-one single
February 17, 2001
Succeeded by
"Papa's Got a Brand New Pigbag" by Thunderpuss

Official versions[edit]

Year Version Length Mixed/Remixed by Comment
1985 Album version/
7" version
2:57 Ivan Ivan The album version and 7" version are the same. Found on the 7" and 12" vinyl singles, all formats of the album Book of Love and the CD of I Touch Roses: The Best of Book of Love CD.*
1985 Japanese 7" version 3:17 Ivan Ivan The Japanese 7" version is slightly longer and has a cold ending instead of a fade. Found only on the Japanese 7" vinyl single.
1985 Extended Mix 4:28 Ivan Ivan Found on the 12" vinyl single and the 1988/1990 Sire Records' CD version of Book of Love.*
1985 Dub 5:00 Ivan Ivan Found on the 12" vinyl single and the 2009 CD reissue of Book of Love (Noble Rot).
1999 Razormaid Mix 5:23 John Bice Found on the 1999 Razormaid Records CD compilation Members Revenge 1: Discontented!.
2000 Headrillaz Club Dub 4:47 Casper Kedros
Darius Kedros
Exclusive mix found only on the 2x12" vinyl promo released in 2000.
2000 A Cappella 3:24 Peter Rauhofer Exclusive a cappella version, taken from the Peter Rauhofer remix (not the original 1985 version). Only found on the 2x12" vinyl promo released in 2000.
2001 Peter Rauhofer Remix 3:11 Peter Rauhofer A shorter edited version of the Peter Rauhofer Club Mix (Edited by John Masciana) used in the video remix (Big Red Mix). Found on the CD version of I Touch Roses: The Best of Book of Love.*
2001 Peter Rauhofer Club Mix 9:59 Peter Rauhofer Found on both the regular and promo 2x12" vinyl singles and the Reprise Records CD Maxi-single (2001).
2001 Peter Rauhofer Dub 8:18 Peter Rauhofer Found on both the regular and promo 2x12" vinyl singles and the Reprise Records CD Maxi-single (2001).
2001 Headrillaz Extended Vocal Mix 7:09 Casper Kedros
Darius Kedros
Found on both the regular and promo 2x12" vinyl singles and the Reprise Records CD Maxi-single (2001).
2001 Headrillaz Dub 5:32 Casper Kedros
Darius Kedros
Found on both the regular and promo 2x12" vinyl singles and the Reprise Records CD Maxi-single (2001).
2001 RPO Remix 6:40 Rick Pier O'Neil Found on the 2001 promo 12" vinyl, the regular 2x12" vinyl single, and the Reprise Records CD Maxi-single (2001).
2001 Dubaholics Remix 6:11 The Dubaholics Found on the 2001 promo 12" vinyl, the regular 2x12" vinyl single, and the Reprise Records CD Maxi-single (2001).
2001 Dubaholics Dub 5:13 The Dubaholics Found on the 2001 promo 12" vinyl, the regular 2x12" vinyl single, and the Reprise Records CD Maxi-single (2001).
2001 Sound Bisquit "Blame" Dub 8:00 Ted Ottaviano
Bill Coleman
Found on the 2001 promo 12" vinyl single and the Reprise Records CD Maxi-single (2001).
2006 DJ Irene Rockstar Mix 4:27 DJ Irene Found on the 2006 CD compilation Future Retro (Rhino Records).*
2009 Demo 3:06 Theodore Ottaviano The original demo version. Found only on the bonus disc of the 2009 CD reissue of Book of Love (Noble Rot).
2009 Live 2:43 n/a Live version from the In Concert Against AIDS benefit, 1989. Found only on the bonus disc of the 2009 CD reissue of Book of Love (Noble Rot).

" * " denotes that version is available as digital download

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 1985 chart stats at billboard.com
  2. ^ Paoletta, Michael (2009). Book of Love (CD sleeve notes). Book Of Love. Noble Rot. p. 1. 2009 reissue. 
  3. ^ "About Book of Love's Song 'Boy'". Internet Archive. Retrieved 1 August 2015. 
  4. ^ a b Book of Love (1985). "News". Love Letter. Book of Love. Summer 1985 (#1): 1. 
  5. ^ 2001 chart stats at billboard.com
  6. ^ Billboard Music Charts - Search Results - Book of Love, Billboard, retrieved 2013-06-23 

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