Climie Fisher

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Climie Fisher
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Rob Fisher (left) and Simon Climie at the Montreux Pop Festival in Switzerland, 1988.
Background information
OriginLondon, England
GenresPop[1]
Years active1986–1990
LabelsEMI
Capitol Records (US)
Associated actsNaked Eyes
Past membersSimon Climie
Rob Fisher

Climie Fisher were a UK pop duo formed by vocalist Simon Climie (born 7 April 1957) and former Naked Eyes keyboardist Rob Fisher (5 November 1956 – 25 August 1999). In 1987–88, they had two international hit singles: "Rise to the Occasion" and "Love Changes (Everything)".

Career[edit]

Simon Climie and Rob Fisher met at Abbey Road Studio, where they were both performing as session musicians.[2] The duo is best known for the 1987 hit single "Love Changes (Everything)" which won an Ivor Novello Award.[3][4] It reached number 2 in the UK[5] and, on re-release, number 12 in New Zealand, 7 in Germany, 8 in Switzerland, 15 in Austria and 23 in the US, all in 1988. The hip hop-styled remix of "Rise to the Occasion" had also previously reached Number 10 in the UK Singles Chart[5] and later reached number 1 in South Africa, number 6 in Belgium, number 14 in Germany, number 17 in Sweden and number 19 in Austria. Their last major hit single was "Love Like a River" in 1989, which reached number 18 in Austria, number 22 in the UK[5] and number 54 in Germany. They wrote most of their own material together with Dennis Morgan, who Climie had previously worked with; and hired Steve Lillywhite and Stephen Hague as producers.[2] Although their first album Everything charted in both the UK (#14) and US (#120), their second album Coming In for the Kill (UK #45) was less successful and they split up shortly after its release.[2]

Fisher later co-wrote Rick Astley's song "Cry for Help" (UK Singles Chart No. 7 in 1991). He also contributed as songwriter to Astley's albums Free (1991) and Body & Soul (1993). Fisher died on 25 August 1999 during surgery for bowel cancer. Simon Climie had, before the success of Climie Fisher, co-written (with Dennis Morgan) the George Michael/Aretha Franklin single "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)" in 1986. He worked as a producer for recording artists such as Louise, MN8 and Five Star and as a co-songwriter and musician for Eric Clapton, including the album with J.J. Cale (featuring Derek Trucks and Billy Preston), The Road to Escondido. Climie released a solo album and single, both titled "Soul Inspiration" in 1992. He also worked with former Doobie Brothers member Michael McDonald on his Motown albums. He produced the 2009 album by the American Idol winner Taylor Hicks, titled The Distance.

In popular culture[edit]

The folk pastiche Ballad of Climie Fisher by the band Half Man Half Biscuit on their album Trouble Over Bridgwater is a fictional tale of what happened to the pair post break-up.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Release Peak chart positions
UK GER SA SWE SWI US
Everything 14 7 1 14 10 120
Coming In for the Kill
  • Released: 1989
  • Label: EMI
  • Formats: CD, cassette, LP
35 6 36
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Compilation albums[edit]

  • Keep It Special EP (1988)
  • Twice as Much (1992)
  • The Best of Climie Fisher (1996)
  • Premium Gold Collection (2000)

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions
UK
[6]
GER
[7]
NETH
[8]
BEL
[9]
AUS
[10]
NZ
[11]
AUSTRIA
[12]
SWE
[13]
SWI
[14]
POR
[15]
S.A.
[15]
U.S. Hot 100
[16]
U.S. AC
[17]
U.S. Dance
[18]
"This Is Me" 1986
"Love Changes (Everything)" 1987 67 30 29 4
"Keeping the Mystery Alive" 35
"Rise to the Occasion" 10 14 1 6 19 17 1
"Love Changes (Everything)"
(remix)
1988 2 7 23 12 15 8 23 12 16
"This Is Me"
(reissue)
22 60 34 26 43 10
"I Won't Bleed for You" 35
"Love Like a River" 22 54 18
"Facts of Love" 1989 50 54
"Fire on the Ocean" 89
"It's Not Supposed to Be That Way" 77

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sutton, Michael. "Climie Fisher – Everything". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 28 April 2016.
  2. ^ a b c Sutton, Michael. "Biography of Climie Fisher". AllMusic. Retrieved 7 July 2011.
  3. ^ Lister, David (28 May 1994). "Pop Ballads Bite Back". London: The Independent Newspaper. Retrieved 26 October 2016.
  4. ^ Climie, Simon. "Simon Climie Pocket Bio" (PDF). Simon Climie Songs.
  5. ^ a b c Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. pp. 110–111. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  6. ^ "CLIMIE FISHER - full Official Chart History - Official Charts Company".
  7. ^ "Suche - Offizielle Deutsche Charts".
  8. ^ "Dutch Charts - dutchcharts.nl". dutchcharts.nl.
  9. ^ "ultratop.be - ULTRATOP BELGIAN CHARTS".
  10. ^ "australian-charts.com - Climie Fisher - Love Changes (Everything)".
  11. ^ "charts.nz - New Zealand charts portal".
  12. ^ "Das österreichische Hitparaden- und Musik-Portal".
  13. ^ "hitparad.se - SverigeTopplistan".
  14. ^ "Climie Fisher - Love Changes (Everything) - hitparade.ch".
  15. ^ a b Cite error: The named reference auto was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  16. ^ "Climie Fisher". Billboard.
  17. ^ "Climie Fisher Adult Contemporary Chart History". Billboard.
  18. ^ "Climie Fisher Dance Club Songs Chart History". Billboard.

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