The Belle Stars (album)

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The Belle Stars
The Belle Stars.jpg
Studio album by The Belle Stars
Released January 1983
Recorded Trident Studios and Mayfair Studios, London
Genre Pop
Length 38:53
Label Stiff
Producer Peter Collins, Brian Tench, Pete Wingfield
The Belle Stars chronology
The Belle Stars
(1983)
The Very Best of The Belle Stars
(1993)
Singles from The Belle Stars
  1. "Iko Iko" / "The Reason"
    Released: May 1982
  2. "The Clapping Song" / "Blame"
    Released: July 1982
  3. "Mockingbird" / "Turn Back the Clock"
    Released: October 1982
  4. "Sign of the Times" / "Madness"
    Released: 30 December 1982
  5. "Indian Summer" / "Sun Sun Sun"
    Released: August 1983
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]

The Belle Stars is the only studio album by the all-female band of the same name released in 1983 (see 1983 in music). The band's eponymous debut album reached number 15 on the UK Albums Chart.[2] The Belle Stars had some success with their single "Iko Iko", a cover of The Dixie Cups' 1965 hit. It charted at number 35 in June 1982 on the UK Singles Chart.[2] Seven years later the song became a hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart after it was featured in the movie Rain Man, where it peaked at number 14.[3]

Track listing[edit]

All songs by The Belle Stars unless noted.

  1. "Sign of the Times" - 2:52
  2. "Ci Ya Ya" - 2:40
  3. "The Clapping Song (Clap Pat Clap Slap)" (Lincoln Chase) - 3:11
  4. "Indian Summer" - 3:43
  5. "Harlem Shuffle" (Earl Nelson, Bob Relf) - 3:17
  6. "The Reason" - 3:57
  7. "Iko Iko" (Rosa Lee Hawkins, Joan Marie Johnson, Sharon Jones, Jesse Thomas) - 3:00
  8. "Baby I'm Yours" - 3:36
  9. "Mockingbird" (Inez Foxx, Charlie Foxx) - 3:22
  10. "The Snake" (Oscar Brown, Jr.) - 3:16
  11. "Burning" - 3:21
  12. "Needle in a Haystack" (William "Mickey" Stevenson, Norman Whitfield) - 2:38

Personnel[edit]

Band members[edit]

  • Jennie McKeown - lead vocals
  • Sarah-Jane Owen - lead and wah-wah guitar
  • Stella Barker - rhythm and acoustic guitar
  • Clare Hirst - tenor saxophone and keyboards
  • Miranda Joyce - alto saxophone
  • Lesley Shone - bass
  • Judy Parsons - drums

Additional musicians[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Peter Collins - producer on tracks 1, 2, 3, 5, 9, 11
  • Phil Chapman, Pete Hammond, Julian Mendelsohn, Phil Harding - engineers on tracks 1, 2, 3, 5, 9, 11
  • Brian Tench - producer and engineer on tracks 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 12
  • Pete Wingfield - producer on track 6
  • Alvin Clark - engineer on track 6

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Belle Stars - The Belle Stars". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 2015-06-11. 
  2. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19 ed.). Guinness World Record. p. 53. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  3. ^ Withburn, Joel (1996). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits (6 ed.). New York City: Watson-Guptill. p. 57. ISBN 0-8230-7632-6.