Secret Garden (T'Pau song)

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"Secret Garden"
Single by T'Pau
from the album Rage
B-side "This Girl"
Released 1988
Format 7", 12", CD single
Genre Pop rock
Length 4:09
Label Siren, Virgin
Writer(s) Carol Decker, Ron Rogers
Producer(s) Roy Thomas Baker
T'Pau singles chronology
"I Will Be With You"
(1988)
"Secret Garden"
(1988)
"Road to Our Dream"
(1988)

"Secret Garden" is a song by British band T'Pau, released as the lead single from their 1988 second studio album Rage.[1] The song was written by vocalist Carol Decker and rhythm guitarist Ron Rogers. It was produced by Roy Thomas Baker.

Background[edit]

The song was the group's sixth single to enter the UK Top 40, peaking at #18 in the UK Singles Chart, and lasting in the Top 100 for a total of seven weeks.[2] In Ireland, it fared better and entered the Top 10, peaking at #8, lasting in the chart for three weeks,[3] whilst in Germany it peaked at #66, lasting a total of four weeks in the chart.[4]

In 2003, a live version of the song appeared on the T'Pau album Greatest Hits Live! and its various re-issues.[5]

In an article in This is Cornwall, published on 23 May 2013, Decker had stated "The reaction from people is very touching – Bridge of Spies meant a lot to a lot of people. We had a lot of gay fans because of the song "Secret Garden", which is about being yourself. Who knew? It's an overused phrase but some of our songs are the soundtrack of people's lives."[6]

Release[edit]

The single was issued on 7" and 12" vinyl, as well as CD, via Siren Records, and was marketed/distributed by Virgin Records. It was released in the UK and Europe, including countries France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, as well as Japan.[1][7]

The 7" vinyl release featured the b-side "This Girl", which was taken from the Rage album. It was written by all six members of T'Pau, and produced by Baker. The sleeve notes stated "All tracks are from the forthcoming album "Rage" SRNLP 20."[8]

For the 12" vinyl release, the same tracks were used as on the 7" vinyl release, but with one additional track; "You Never Notice Me (Live)". The song is a live version of an exclusive live only track, which was recorded at the Hammersmith Odeon on 30 March 1988. The song was written by Decker and Rogers, and was produced by Baker.[9] In addition, a UK only special limited edition of the 12" vinyl was also issued, which came with a poster package.[10]

The UK only CD release featured the same tracks as the 12" vinyl release, but with a fourth exclusive track; "Crying". This was a cover of the 1961 ballad written by Roy Orbison and Joe Melson that was a hit for Orbison. It was produced by Baker.[11] The song incorrectly only listed Orbison as the sole songwriter.[12]

In Japan, the single was issued in a three track 3" promo CD, with a snap-pack design.[13] In the country, it was also issued on 7" vinyl but as a promotional release with "Secret Garden" on the A-side and whilst German pop singer Sandra had her 1988 single "Secret Land" on the other side, creating a double single set on one vinyl.[7]

All releases featured artwork, featuring a photograph of the band standing on a road with graffiti behind them, whilst the back cover artwork drawing was created by Chris West.[14]

Following the song's original release on the Rage album and as a single, it has also appeared on the 1993 compilation Heart and Soul – The Very Best of T'Pau and the 1997 compilation The Greatest Hits. Additionally, it appeared on the German compilation Essential T'Pau and the Virgin German release Hits. The song would also be the B-side to the band's 1991 Japanese single "Only a Heartbeat".[15] It appeared on the 2007 release 80s Heroes, which featured twelve tracks each from T'Pau and English pop duo Go West.[16] Additionally the song was added to the various artists compilation 100 Hits: 80s Chartbusters, released by Demon Music Group in 2013.[17]

The song also appeared on the Japanese promotional only Virgin 10-track CD compilation This is... Nothin' But T'Pau, which was housed in a unique Carol Decker picture sleeve with extensive photo and info booklet.[18]

Promotion[edit]

A music video was created which was filmed at a maze in Symonds Yat, Ross-on-Wye. In the video, Decker portrayed two characters; one sensible and one who causes havoc. Since appearing unofficially on YouTube in November 2009, the video has gained over 53,000 views.[19]

The band would mime the song on the UK music show Top of the Pops,[20] the Saturday Morning UK TV show Going Live,[21] and the UK TV Show The Late Late Breakfast Show.[22]

In Ireland, the band performed the song live on the Irish TV show 'The Late Late Show' with Gay Bryne. Since appearing unofficially on YouTube in July 2007, the performance has gained over 52,000 views.[23] The band also mimed the song on a Norwegian TV show.[24]

Since its release, the song has been often performed live by the band and has become a regular part of their set-list.

Track listing[edit]

7" Single
  1. "Secret Garden" - 4:05
  2. "This Girl" - 4:01
12" Single
  1. "Secret Garden" - 4:05
  2. "This Girl" - 4:01
  3. "You Never Notice Me (Live At Hammersmith Odeon 30.03.88)" - 4:03
12" Single (UK special limited edition)
  1. "Secret Garden" - 4:05
  2. "This Girl" - 4:01
  3. "You Never Notice Me (Live At Hammersmith Odeon 30.03.88)" - 4:03
CD Single
  1. "Secret Garden" - 4:05
  2. "This Girl" - 4:01
  3. "You Never Notice Me (Live At Hammersmith Odeon 30.03.88)" - 4:03
  4. "Crying" - 3:55

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1988) Peak
position
German Singles Chart[4] 66
Irish Singles Chart[25] 8
UK Singles Chart[2] 18

Personnel[edit]

  • Carol Decker – lead vocals
  • Dean Howard – lead guitar
  • Ronnie Rogers – rhythm guitar
  • Michael Chetwood – keyboards
  • Paul Jackson – bass guitar
  • Tim Burgess – drums

Additional personnel[edit]

  • Producer of "Secret Garden" – Roy Thomas Baker
  • Mixing engineer on "Secret Garden" – Stephen W. Tayler
  • Backing track engineer on "Secret Garden" - Norman Goodman
  • Producer of "This Girl" – Roy Thomas Baker
  • Mixing on "This Girl" - Stephen W. Tayler
  • Engineer on "This Girl" - Norman Goodman
  • Mixing engineer on "This Girl" – Stephen W. Tayler
  • Saxophone (Uncredited) on "This Girl" – Gary Barnacle
  • Trombone (Uncredited) on "This Girl" – Peter Thoms
  • Trumpet (Uncredited) on "This Girl" – John Thirkell, Simon Gardener
  • Producer of "You Never Notice Me (Live)" – Roy Thomas Baker
  • Mixing engineer on "You Never Notice Me (Live)" – Stephen W. Tayler
  • Mixing on "You Never Notice Me (Live)" - Stephen W. Tayler, T'Pau
  • Producer of "Crying" - Roy Thomas Baker
  • Engineer on "Crying" – Jerry Napier
  • Back Cover Artwork – Chris West
  • Sleeve Design, Art Direction – Mark Millington
  • Photography – Tim O'Sullivan
  • Management – MI5 (MGMT) London

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b "T'PAU | Artist". Official Charts. Retrieved 2013-05-23. 
  3. ^ Jaclyn Ward - Fireball Media Group - http://www.fireballmedia.ie. "The Irish Charts - All there is to know". Irishcharts.ie. Retrieved 2013-05-23. 
  4. ^ a b "charts.de". charts.de. Retrieved 2013-05-23. 
  5. ^ "T'Pau - Greatest Hits Live! at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2013-05-23. 
  6. ^ "Plenty of heart and soul as T'Pau return". This is Cornwall. 2013-05-09. Retrieved 2013-05-24. 
  7. ^ a b "T'PAU Discography @ www.collectadisc.co.uk". Collectadisc.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-05-23. 
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  9. ^ "T'Pau - Secret Garden (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs.com. 1998-03-30. Retrieved 2013-05-23. 
  10. ^ "T'Pau - Secret Garden (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2013-05-23. 
  11. ^ "T'Pau - Secret Garden (CD) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2013-05-23. 
  12. ^ "Images for T'Pau - Secret Garden". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2013-05-23. 
  13. ^ "T'Pau Secret Garden Japan Promo 3" CD single (CD3) (128665)". Eil.com. 1998-12-29. Retrieved 2013-05-23. 
  14. ^ "Images for T'Pau - Secret Garden". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2013-05-23. 
  15. ^ "T'PAU Discography @ www.collectadisc.co.uk". Collectadisc.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-05-23. 
  16. ^ "80s Heroes - Various Artists : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. 2007-10-01. Retrieved 2013-05-23. 
  17. ^ Christopher, James. "100 Hits: 80s Chartbusters - Various Artists : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-05-23. 
  18. ^ "T'Pau This Is... Nothin' But T'pau Japan Promo CD album (CDLP) (140089)". Eil.com. 1999-07-08. Retrieved 2013-05-23. 
  19. ^ YouTube (2009-11-14). "T'Pau - Secret Garden (HQ Sound)". YouTube. Retrieved 2013-05-23. 
  20. ^ YouTube (2010-11-30). "T'pau - Secret Garden". YouTube. Retrieved 2013-05-23. 
  21. ^ YouTube (2010-06-03). "T'pau - Secret Garden". YouTube. Retrieved 2013-05-23. 
  22. ^ YouTube. "T'pau - Secret Garden". YouTube. Retrieved 2013-05-23. 
  23. ^ YouTube (2007-07-13). "T'pau - Secret Garden". YouTube. Retrieved 2013-05-23. 
  24. ^ YouTube (2009-07-24). "T'Pau - Secret Garden (TV-Performance)". YouTube. Retrieved 2013-05-23. 
  25. ^ Jaclyn Ward - Fireball Media Group - http://www.fireballmedia.ie. "The Irish Charts - All there is to know". Irishcharts.ie. Retrieved 2013-05-23. 

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