Racey

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Racey
Boy oh Boy.jpg
The original lineup of Racey, 1979.
Background information
Origin Weston-super-Mare, United Kingdom
Genres Power pop, glam rock (before 1980), new wave
Years active 1976–1985
Labels RAK Records
Associated acts Richard Gower's Racey (1992 to present), The Original Racey (1990 to present)
Website www.racey.net www.raceyweb.com/history.htm
Past members Richard Gower
Phil Fursdon
Pete Miller
Clive Wilson

Racey were 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 into "Mickey".

Career[edit]

The original line-up featured Richard Gower (born 1955, Hackney, London, England; vocals and keyboards), Phil Fursdon (vocals and guitar), Pete Miller (vocals and bass) and Clive Wilson (vocals and drums). 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] The third single, "Some Girls", was written for the American band Blondie, for whom Mike Chapman also produced, but was instead given to Racey as a follow-up to "Lay Your Love on Me".[1] ("Some Girls" was later recorded by Barry Manilow for his 1982 "Here Comes the Night" album.) The band then 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 that did not match their previous successes. The only album they made under the original line-up was their 1979 debut album 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, and since then two separate groups named Racey exist, one featuring band member Richard Gower and the other featuring Clive Wilson, Phil Fursdon and Pete Miller, the original bass player.[1] Miller died of cancer on 6 May 2003.[2] 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 May 2009, the reissue of Racey's Smash And Grab album was available on a double CD through 7Ts Records, a division of Cherry Red Records in London. It included the original 1979 album, along with all other recordings made for RAK Records between 1978 and 1982.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Smash and Grab (1979)[edit]

  1. "Love’s A Riot" (Nicky Chinn, Mike Chapman)
  2. "Such A Night" (Steve Glenn, David Most, Mike Burns)
  3. "There’s A Party Going On" (Jimmie Cameron)
  4. "Lay Your Cards On The Table" (Glen, Most, Burns)
  5. "She's A Winner" (Richard Gower)
  6. "Some Girls" (Chinn, Chapman)
  7. "Lay Your Love On Me" (Chinn, Chapman)
  8. "Kitty" (Chinn, Chapman)
  9. "Rah Stateway" (Gower)
  10. "Boy Oh Boy" (Gloria Macari, Roger Ferris)
  11. "We Are Racey" (Gower)

(produced by Mickie Most in 1979)

Lay Your Love On Me (1996)[edit]

  1. Some Girls
  2. Lay Your Love On Me
  3. She's A Winner
  4. There's A Party Going On
  5. Rah Stateway
  6. Runaround Sue
  7. Love's A Riot
  8. Such A Night
  9. Lay Your Cards On The Table
  10. Boy Oh Boy
  11. Kitty
  12. Not Too Young to Get Married
  13. Rock It
  14. Little Darling
  15. Rest Of My Life
  16. Baby It's You
  17. We are Racey

(recorded between 1978-1996)

Singles[edit]

Year A-Side B-Side Label Other
1978 "Baby It's You"
(Chris Norman, Pete Spencer)
"Rudi""
(Richard Gower)
RAK 277
1978 "Lay Your Love on Me
(Nicky Chinn, Mike Chapman)
"I Believed You"
(Richard Gower)
RAK 284 UK #3, Ireland #2, Australia #1
1979 "Some Girls"
(Nicky Chinn, Mike Chapman)
"Fighting Chance""
(Richard Gower)
RAK 291 UK #2, Ireland #2, South Africa #1) (1979, Australia #1)
1979 "Boy Oh Boy"
(Gloria Macari, Roger Ferris)
"Sensational Buzz""
(Richard Gower)
RAK 297 UK #22, Ireland #9, South Africa #2
1980 "Such a Night"
(Steve Glenn, David Most, Mike Burns)
"There's A Party Going On""
(Jimmie Cameron)
RAK 301
1980 "Rest of My Life"
(R. Scott - S.Wolfe)
"Cry Baby Cry""
(Richard Gower)
RAK 317
1980 "Runaround Sue"
(Dion DiMucci and Ernie Maresca)
"Hold Me Close"
(Richard Gower)
RAK 325 UK #13, Ireland #9
1981 "Shame"
(Richard Gower)
"Let Me Take You Home Tonight"
RAK 329
1981 "Little Darlin'"
(Maurice Williams)
"Rock It"
(Richard Gower)
RAK 335
1981 "There's A Party Going On"
(Jimmie Cameron)
"High Street Sunset"
RAK 338
1982 "Not Too Young to Get Married"
(Phil Spector, Ellie Greenwich and Jeff Barry)
"Love Games"
(Richard Gower)
RAK 348
1996 "Cry Cry Time"

CMC records [3]

List of Songs[edit]

The following is a sortable table of all songs by Arrows:

  • The column Song list the song title; bold means released as a single.
  • The column Writer(s) lists who wrote the song.
  • The column Album lists the album the song is featured on.
  • The column Producer lists the producer of the song.
  • The column Year lists the year in which the song was released.
Song Writer(s) Album Producer Year Other
Baby It's You Chris Norman, Pete Spencer non-album-song Mickie Most 1978 A-side of Rudi
Boy Oh Boy Gloria Macari, Roger Ferris Smash and Grab Mickie Most 1979 A-side of Sensational Buzz
Cry Baby Cry Richard Gower The Best Of Racey Racey 1980 B-side of Rest of My Life
Cry Cry Time ? non-album-song 1986 A-side of ?
Fighting Chance Richard Gower The Best Of Racey Mickie Most 1979 B-side of Some Girls
High Street Sunset Richard Gower non-album-song Racey 1981 B-side of There's A Party Going On (1981)
Hold Me Close Richard Gower The Best Of Racey Racey 1980 B-side of Runaround Sue
I Believed You Richard Gower The Best Of Racey Mickie Most 1978 B-side of Lay Your Love on Me
Kitty Nicky Chinn, Mike Chapman Smash and Grab Mickie Most 1979
Lay Your Cards On The Table Steve Glenn, David Most, Mike Burns Smash and Grab Mickie Most 1979
Lay Your Love on Me Nicky Chinn, Mike Chapman Smash and Grab Mickie Most 1978 A-side of I Believed You
Let Me Take You Home Tonight Richard Gower non-album-song Mickie Most 1981 B-side of Shame
Little Darlin' Maurice Williams non-album-song Mickie Most 1981 A-side of Rock It
Love Games Richard Gower non-album-song Richard Gower 1982 B-side of Not Too Young to Get Married
Love’s A Riot Nicky Chinn, Mike Chapman Smash and Grab Mickie Most 1979
Not Too Young to Get Married Phil Spector, Ellie Greenwich and Jeff Barry non-album-song Steve Glen 1982 A-side of Love Games
Rah Stateway Richard Gower Smash and Grab Mickie Most 1979
Rest of My Life Steve Wolfe, Ronnie Scott The Best Of Racey Mickie Most 1980 A-side of Cry Baby Cry
Rock It Richard Gower non-album-song Mickie Most 1978 B-side of Little Darlin"
Rudi Richard Gower non-album-song Mickie Most 1978 B-side of Baby It's You
Runaround Sue Dion DiMucci and Ernie Maresca The Best Of Racey Mickie Most 1980 A-side of Hold Me Close
Sensational Buzz Richard Gower The Best Of Racey Mickie Most 1979 B-side of Boy Oh Boy
Shame Richard Gower non-album-song Mickie Most 1981 A-side of Let Me Take You Home Tonight
She's A Winner Richard Gower Smash and Grab Mickie Most 1979
Some Girls Nicky Chinn, Mike Chapman Smash and Grab Mickie Most 1979 A-side of Fighting Chance
Such a Night Steve Glenn, David Most, Mike Burns Smash and Grab Mickie Most 1980 A-side of There's A Party Going On
There's A Party Going On Jimmie Cameron Smash and Grab Mickie Most 1980 B-side of Such a Night
There's A Party Going On Jimmie Cameron Smash and Grab Mickie Most 1981 A-side of High Street Sunset
We Are Racey Richard Gower Smash and Grab Mickie Most 1979
Crazy The Best Of 2006 2006
Judy in Disguise (With Glasses) John Fred, Andrew Bernard The Best Of 2006
Little Girls The Best Of 2006 2006
Mad About The Girl
Satin 'N' Lace The Best Of 2006 2006
Say Wow
Still The One The Best Of 2006 2006
Worlds Apart The Best Of 2006 2006

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Racey | Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-10-16. 
  2. ^ a b "Racey". Racey. Retrieved 2018-04-06. 
  3. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 447. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 

Bibliography[edit]

  • Kacey Traver. The Life of Racey Raver, 2009, Penguin House Books.

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