Respectable (Mel and Kim song)

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"Respectable"
Single by Mel and Kim
from the album F.L.M.
B-side From A Whisper To A Scream
Released 23 February 1987
Format 7" single, 12" maxi
Recorded 1987
Genre Dance-pop
Length 3:21
Label Supreme
Atlantic (U.S.)
Writer(s) Stock/Aitken/Waterman
Producer(s) Stock/Aitken/Waterman
Mel and Kim singles chronology
"Showing Out (Get Fresh at the Weekend)"
(1986)
"Respectable"
(1987)
"F.L.M."
(1987)

"Respectable" is a Mel and Kim song written and produced by Stock/Aitken/Waterman that became a UK number one single for one week in March 1987.[1] It was the second UK number one single produced by Stock/Aitken/Waterman, following Dead or Alive's "You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)" in 1985, and the first UK number one single that Stock/Aitken/Waterman had written themselves. The single also topped the charts in Germany,[2] Switzerland,[3] the Netherlands,[4] Belgium,[5] Finland,[6] Australia[7] and New Zealand[8] in 1987.

UK releases[edit]

7" (SUPE 111)
  1. "Respectable"
  2. "Respectable" (instrumental)
12" (SUPE T 111 / RCA PT 41220)
  1. "Respectable" (Club/Extended mix)
  2. "Respectable" (7” version)
  3. "Respectable" (Extra Beats version [vocal])
12" picture disc (SUPE TP 111)
  1. "Respectable" (The Tabloid mix)
  2. "Respectable" (7” version)
  3. "Respectable" (Extra Beats version [vocal])
12" remix (SUPE TX 111)
  1. "Respectable" (The Tabloid mix)
  2. "Respectable" (7” version)
  3. "Respectable" (Extra Beats version [vocal])
12" remix (SUPE TZ 111)
  1. "Respectable" (Shop mix)
  2. "Respectable" (7” version)
  3. "Respectable" (Extra Beats version [vocal])

Official mixes[edit]

A promo release of Respectable
  • Album version 5:41
  • 7” version 3:22
  • Instrumental 4:05
  • Club/Extended mix 6:15
  • The Tabloid mix 7:53
  • Extra Beats version [vocal] 8:08
  • Extra Beats version [instrumental] 6:11
  • Shop mix
  • Remixable 6:41 – by Peter Slaghuis for DMC 1987

Cover versions[edit]

Girl band Girls@Play released a cover version of "Respectable" in 2001 which peaked at number 29 in the UK.[9]

Sampling[edit]

The song was sampled in Pop Will Eat Itself's song, "Hit the Hi-Tech Groove" on their 1987 album Box Frenzy.

Charts and sales[edit]

Chart successions[edit]

Preceded by
"I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)"
by Aretha Franklin and George Michael
Dutch Top 40 number-one single
21 March 1987 – 4 April 1987
Succeeded by
"Sailing Home" by Piet Veerman
Preceded by
"Everything I Own" by Boy George
UK number-one single
28 March 1987
Succeeded by
"Let It Be" by Ferry Aid
Preceded by
"Reality" by Richard Sanderson
Swiss number-one single
5 April 1987 – 26 April 1987
Preceded by
"Stay" by Pierre Cosso and Bonnie Bianco
German number-one single
10 April 1987 – 17 April 1987
Succeeded by
"You're the Voice" by John Farnham
Preceded by
"Diamonds" by Herb Alpert
Billboard Hot Dance Club Play number-one single
4 July 1987
Succeeded by
"In Love with Love" by Debbie Harry
Preceded by
"I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)"
by Whitney Houston
Australian (ARIA) number-one single
20 July 1987
Succeeded by
"He's Gonna Step On You Again" by The Party Boys
New Zealand RIANZ number-one single
24 July 1987 – 21 August 1987
Succeeded by
"La Bamba" by Los Lobos

References[edit]

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  4. ^ a b "dutchcharts.nl > Mel & Kim - Respectable (song)". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2015-11-25. 
  5. ^ a b "ultratop.be > Mel & Kim - Resectable (in Dutch)". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2015-11-25. 
  6. ^ a b Nyman, Jake (2005). Suomi soi 4: Suuri suomalainen listakirja (in Finnish) (1st ed.). Helsinki: Tammi. ISBN 951-31-2503-3. 
  7. ^ a b c Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (Illustrated ed.). St. Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 197. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.  N.B. the Kent Report chart was licensed by ARIA between mid 1983 and 19 June 1988.
  8. ^ a b "charts.org.nz > Mel & Kim - Respectable (song)". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2015-11-25. 
  9. ^ "Official Charts > Girls At Play". The Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved 2015-11-25. 
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  13. ^ "I singoli più venduti del 1987 (in Italian)". HitParadeItalia. Retrieved 2015-11-25. 
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  15. ^ http://www.rock.co.za/files/springbok_top_20_(M).html Retrieved 15 May 2015
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  17. ^ Billboard allmusic.com (Retrieved 10 April 2008)
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  19. ^ "Scweizer Jahrehitparade 1987(in German)". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2015-11-25. 
  20. ^ Dutch certifications nvpi.nl (Retrieved 9 December 2008)
  21. ^ UK certifications Bpi.co.uk (Retrieved 7 September 2008)