Racey

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Racey
OriginWeston-super-Mare, Somerset, England
GenresPower pop, glam rock (before 1980), new wave
Years active1976–1985, 1990–present
LabelsRAK Records
Websitewww.racey.net www.raceyweb.com/history.htm
Past membersRichard Gower
Phil Fursdon
Pete Miller (†2003)
Steven Lawrence
Clive Wilson

Racey are a British pop group, formed in 1976 in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, England, by Clive Wilson and Phil Fursdon.[1] They achieved success in the late 1970s and early 1980s, with hits such as "Lay Your Love on Me" and "Some Girls".[2] Their 1979 song "Kitty" was an international hit in 1981 for Toni Basil when she reworked it into "Mickey".

Career[edit]

The original line-up featured Richard Gower (born 1955, Hackney, London, England; vocals, keyboards, piano, guitar), Phil Fursdon (guitar, vocals), Pete Miller (bass, vocals) and Clive Wilson (drums, percussion, vocals). After early success in their local pub circuit, they came to the attention of Mickie Most.[1] Racey's first single, "Baby It's You", was penned by Smokie members Chris Norman and Pete Spencer, and released in 1978. Their second single, "Lay Your Love on Me", was the group's first hit single, peaking at No.3 in the UK Singles Chart in late 1978 through to early 1979.[1] Their third single, "Some Girls", was also written by Mike Chapman and reached No.2 in the UK charts.[1] ("Some Girls" was later recorded by Barry Manilow for his 1982 "Here Comes the Night" album.)

The band parted company with Chinn and Chapman after the album was released and, although they continued to play and tour, they released only a few more singles, which did not match their previous successes. The only album they made with the original line-up was their 1979 debut Smash and Grab. The band's hits were either written and/or produced by Mike Chapman and Nicky Chinn.[1]

The band formally split in 1985.[3]

In 1990, Racey reformed after Wilson and Fursdon were approached to play at a Fourth of July party.[3] Miller died of cancer on 6 May 2003.[2][3] Several albums and CDs, with re-recordings of the original hits as well as new material, are available from both of the present-day versions of the group.

In August 2021, the band released "It's a Glorious Day".[4]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
AUS
[5]
AUT
[6]
GER
[2]
NZ
[7]
SWE
[8]
Smash and Grab
  • Released: September 1979
  • Label: Rak
  • Formats: LP, MC
5 15 29 10 32

Compilation albums[edit]

Title Album details
The Best of Racey
  • Released: August 1993
  • Label: EMI
  • Format: CD
Say Wow! (Greatest & Latest)
  • Released: 1996
  • Label: CMC
  • Format: CD
  • Denmark-only release
Lay Your Love on Me
  • Released: February 1996
  • Label: Disky
  • Format: CD
  • Euriope-only release
Some Girls
  • Released: February 1998
  • Label: Wise Buy
  • Format: CD
  • Europe-only release
The Very Best Of
  • Released: 1998
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Go On Deluxe
  • Sweden-only release
Racey
  • Released: 1998
  • Label: Rem!nd
  • Format: CD
  • Netherlands-only release
  • Released in the UK in 2006 as The Best Of
Lay Your Love on Me
  • Released: 1999
  • Label: Digimode
  • Format: CD
  • Netherlands-only release

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Certification Album
UK
[9][10]
AUS
[5]
AUT
[11]
BE (FLA)
[12]
DEN
[13]
GER
[14]
IRE
[15]
NL
[16]
NZ
[17]
SA
[18]
SWE
[19]
SWI
[20]
"Baby It's You" 1978 Non-album single
"Lay Your Love on Me" 3 1 3 4 14 2 2 1 Smash and Grab
"Some Girls" 1979 2 1 9 3 2 2 2 4 1 1 11 2
"Boy Oh Boy" 22 12 3 14 1 3 9 24 12 2 2
"Such a Night" 1980 94 4 13 31
"Rest of My Life" 45 6 44 Non-album singles
"Runaround Sue" 13 91 4 7 36 9 13
"Shame" 1981 32 59
"Little Darlin'"
"There's a Party Going On"
"Not Too Young to Get Married" 1982
"Little Girls Don't, But Big Girls Do" 1992
"Party On!"
"Cry Cry Time" 1996 Say Wow! (Greatest & Latest)
"It's a Glorious Day"[22] 2021 Non-album single
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Racey | Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved 16 October 2015.
  2. ^ a b c "Racey". Racey. Retrieved 6 April 2018.
  3. ^ a b c "History". Racey.net. Retrieved 27 August 2021.
  4. ^ "Racey's New Single – It's a Glorious Day". Racey.net. 18 August 2021. Retrieved 27 August 2021.
  5. ^ a b Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 244. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  6. ^ "Das österreichische Hitparaden- und Musik-Portal". austriancharts.at. Retrieved 19 October 2021.
  7. ^ "charts.org.nz - New Zealand charts portal". charts.nz. Retrieved 19 October 2021.
  8. ^ "swedishcharts.com - Swedish Charts Portal". swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 19 October 2021.
  9. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 447. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  10. ^ "RACEY | full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company". www.officialcharts.com. Retrieved 19 October 2021.
  11. ^ "Das österreichische Hitparaden- und Musik-Portal". austriancharts.at. Retrieved 19 October 2021.
  12. ^ "ultratop.be - ULTRATOP BELGIAN CHARTS". www.ultratop.be. Retrieved 19 October 2021.
  13. ^ "Danish Chart Archive - Singles 1979 - ____ (B.T./IFPI DK)". UKMIX Forums. Retrieved 19 October 2021.
  14. ^ "Suche - Offizielle Deutsche Charts". www.offiziellecharts.de. Retrieved 19 October 2021.
  15. ^ "The Irish Charts - All there is to know". irishcharts.ie. Retrieved 19 October 2021.
  16. ^ "Dutch Charts - dutchcharts.nl". dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 19 October 2021.
  17. ^ "charts.org.nz - New Zealand charts portal". charts.nz. Retrieved 19 October 2021.
  18. ^ "South African Rock Lists Website - SA Charts 1969 - 1989 Acts (R)". www.rock.co.za. Retrieved 19 October 2021.
  19. ^ "swedishcharts.com - Swedish Charts Portal". swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 19 October 2021.
  20. ^ "Die Offizielle Schweizer Hitparade - hitparade.ch". swisscharts.com. Retrieved 19 October 2021.
  21. ^ a b c "International Certifiations" (PDF). Cash Box. 17 May 1980. p. 39. Retrieved 3 December 2021 – via World Radio History.
  22. ^ "Racey's New Single – It's a Glorious Day". Racey.net. 18 August 2021. Retrieved 27 August 2021.

External links[edit]