Square Rooms

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"Square Rooms"
Square Rooms.jpg
Single by Al Corley
from the album Square Rooms
Released 9 September 1984
Recorded 1984
Length 3:39
Label Mercury Records
Producer(s) Harold Faltermeyer
Al Corley singles chronology
"Square Rooms"
"Cold Dresses"

"Square Rooms" is a song by American singer and actor Al Corley. It was the first single from his debut album of the same name. First released in 1984, the song was a hit in some European countries and had a moderate success in the United States in 1985.

Background and writing[edit]

After two seasons playing one of the first gay leading characters an American TV series, Dynasty, Al Corley left the nighttime soap opera to become a singer. With Harold Faltermeyer and Peter John Woods, he composed the text of his first song, "Square Rooms."

The media-savvy singer affected the brooding look and attitude popular among pop stars and GQ models at the time: pouty, dark glances and tousled hair. His choice of image worked best in France, where his television performances elicited the unbridled enthusiasm of teenage girls. However, according to Elia Habib, a French charts specialist, his success was not only based on his physical appearance. Indeed, "Square Rooms"' music had a large popular appeal and had a production designed for the dance floor. It was produced and composed by the German musician Harold Faltermeyer, who had previously arranged "Self Control", a worldwide pop and dance-floor smash for Laura Branigan in 1984 which featured a similar vocal hook. Faltermeyer would achieve his greatest personal success later the same year, composing, performing and producing the score to Beverly Hills Cop, a 1984 film directed by Martin Brest, including its hit instrumental theme, "Axel F".[2]

Chart performance[edit]

"Square Rooms" was released first in Switzerland, where it was a hit, peaking at number 6 on 21 October 1984, and staying in the top 30 for ten weeks.[3] The single debuted at no. 47 in the French Singles Chart on 5 January 1985. It climbed quickly and was no. 1 for five nonconsecutive weeks, from 9 March to 13 April 1985. After its peak, it lingered on the charts until its 27th week, on 20 July 1985.[4] The song also achieved success in Italy (no. 12), Germany (no. 13) and Austria where it reached no. 15 in April 1985.[5] "Square Rooms" was released last in Corley's native US, where the single was only a minor pop hit, reaching no. 80 on the Hot 100 on 1 June 1985. American dancefloors were more receptive than its airwaves; Corley reached no. 26 on the Billboard dance chart[6] the week of 22 June 1985.

Formats and track listings[edit]

  • 7" single
  1. "Square Rooms" – 3:39
  2. "Don't Play With Me" – 4:20
  • 12" maxi
  1. "Square Rooms" (12" version) – 8:02
  2. "Square Rooms" (7" version) – 3:39
  3. "Don't Play With Me" – 4:20
  • The 12-inch (long) version includes an entire additional verse prior to the first chorus. This verse is excised in both the single and album versions of the song.


Preceded by
"Ghostbusters" by Ray Parker Jr.
"Johnny, Johnny" by Jeanne Mas
French number-one single
9 March 1985 – 23 March 1985 (3 weeks)
6 April 1985 – 13 April 1985 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Johnny, Johnny" by Jeanne Mas


A French cover version was recorded by France Lise under the title "On vit à deux".[14]


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  14. ^ Lemonier, Marc (2008). Nos années Top, clips et 45 tours: 1984–1991 (in French). pp. 31–32. ISBN 2-258-07648-X.