Love Games (Belle and the Devotions song)

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United Kingdom "Love Games"
Eurovision Song Contest 1984 entry
Country
Artist(s)
Kit Rolfe, Laura James, Linda Sofield
As
Language
Composer(s)
Paul Curtis and Graham Sacher
Lyricist(s)
Paul Curtis and Graham Sacher
Conductor
John Coleman
Finals performance
Final result
7th
Final points
63
Appearance chronology
◄ "I'm Never Giving Up" (1983)   
"Love Is …" (1985) ►

"Love Games", written and composed by Paul Curtis and Graham Sacher, was the United Kingdom's entry at the Eurovision Song Contest 1984, performed by the trio Belle and the Devotions, which was headed by Kit Rolfe.

Belle and the Devotions won the right to perform at Luxembourg by winning the UK national final, A Song for Europe, where they were the fourth act to perform. At Luxembourg, the song was performed sixth on the night, following Norway's Dollie de Luxe with "Lenge leve livet" and preceding Cyprus' Andy Paul with "Anna Maria Lena". At the end of judging that evening, "Love Games" took the seventh-place slot with 63 points. At the time, the song was the third-worst performer for the United Kingdom since entering Eurovision in 1957 (the songs in 1966 and 1978 were the only ones to rank lower).

The song was an homage to the girl group sound of 1960s Motown, with the girls lamenting that their lovers had "played love games" with them and broken their hearts. The trio was dressed in bright day-glo coloured jackets and miniskirts, with similarly eye-popping hair (Rolfe went for a platinum blonde, while the other singers dyed their hair yellow and bright red, respectively).

At the end of their performance, some cheers in the audience were met with boos, as many people in Luxembourg were still upset with the United Kingdom after English football fans rioted in the country as a result of being knocked out of the European Championship the previous November.[1][2]

After Eurovision, the song peaked at No. 11 on the UK Singles Chart.

The 7" single runs to 3:16. The 12" single is an extended version and runs to 4:51. The 12" version has yet to be made available on CD.

Charts[edit]

Chart (1984) Peak
position
UK Singles Official Charts Company[3] 11

References[edit]

  1. ^ O'Connor, John Kennedy. The Eurovision Song Contest - The Official History. Carlton Books, UK. 2007 ISBN 978-1-84442-994-3
  2. ^ 1983: England fans rampage in Luxembourg
  3. ^ "The UK's highest charting Eurovision stars revealed!". Retrieved 2015-05-10. 
Preceded by
"I'm Never Giving Up"
by Sweet Dreams
United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest
1984
Succeeded by
"Love Is …"
by Vikki Watson