Girl Like Me (Japan Edition)

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"Girl Like Me (Japan Edition)"
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Single by Luv'
from the album For You
Released 1990
Format CD single, 7" single, 12" single
Recorded 1989
Genre Eurobeat, Pop, Dance
Length 4:12
Label Toco/Beaver Records/Alfa International
Writer(s) Nigel Stock
Producer(s) Nigel Wright
Luv' singles chronology
"I Don't Wanna Be Lonely"
(1990)
"Girl Like Me"
(1990)
Hit-medley
(1990)

Girl Like Me is the nineteenth single by Dutch girl group Luv', released in early 1990 by the labels Toco/Beaver Records/Alfa International. It appears on the EP For You. The song was only released in Japan as a commercial single, especially for discos and clubs, where it was marketed as a Eurobeat track.

Song history[edit]

During Luv's heyday (1977–1981), the female pop act failed in its attempt to get a hit record in Japan, whereas it dominated the music charts in a large part of Continental Europe, South Africa and Mexico. In 1980, the trio planned to take part in the Yamaha Music Festival but cancelled its participation to this competition.[1] It prevented indeed Luv' from reaching the mainstream Japanese music market.
A decade later, as the Dutch vocal formation made its comeback with a different line-up, it tried to promote new material (produced by Nigel Wright) through the network of discos and clubs in the Asian archipelago. That's why, Luv's record company decided to release the song Girl Like Me as a Maxi single, hoping to have a club hit and later a mainstream chart topper. It was promoted as a Eurobeat song (this style of music was very popular back then in Japan). It also was included on Japanese Various Artists Eurobeat compilations.[2] However, this strategy to adapt the Japanese market didn't succeed. Nowadays, this single is a rare collector item among Luv's fans.
The music arrangements of this song were inspired by those of the hits composed by Stock Aitken Waterman, the successful British producers in the late 1980s.

Track listings and formats[edit]

  • 7" Vinyl Single
  1. "Girl Like Me" (Single Version) — 4:12
  2. "No Cure No Pay" — 3:39
  • CD Single and 12-inch single
  1. "Girl Like Me" (Extended Version)
  2. "Girl Like Me" (Single version) — 4:12
  3. "No Cure No Pay" — 3:39

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1] - details about Dutch entries at the Yamaha Music and Luv' cancellation
  2. ^ CD list of compilation "That's EUROBEAT ALMANAC 1986-1991"