Where Love Lives

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"Where Love Lives"
Where Love Lives (Come On In).jpg
One of UK/European CD singles
Single by Alison Limerick
from the album And Still I Rise
Released
  • 1990
  • 1991 re-release
  • 1996 Dancing Divas remix
Format
Recorded1990
Genre
Length3:26
LabelArista
Songwriter(s)Lati Kronlund
Producer(s)Lati Kronlund, Dancing Divas
Alison Limerick singles chronology
"Where Love Lives"
(1990)
"Make It On My Own"
(1992)
Music video
"Where Love Lives" on YouTube
1996 Cover
1996 Edition Cover
1996 Edition Cover
2003 Cover
2003 Edition Cover
2003 Edition Cover

"Where Love Lives (Come On In)" is a 1990 song by the British singer Alison Limerick. It was her first solo-debut and a huge club hit in the early 1990s in both the United Kingdom and United States. The track is famous for the funked-up piano intro and remains Limerick's most successful release. It is widely regarded as one of the biggest club anthems, and has been remixed and re-released several times.

Background and release[edit]

Alison Limerick began her music career in the musical Labelled with Love and as a backing vocalist in the mid-80s after attending the London Contemporary School of Dance. Her first major gig was backing vocals on Style Council's Shout to the Top! in 1984. She appeared in musicals including Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Starlight Express and Simon Callow’s The Pajama Game. And in 1989 she made a brief appearance as an African sorceress in Bob Rafelson's film Mountains of the Moon.

"There was one point a few years ago where I was upset about it; upset that it would define me regardless of whatever else I did. But ‘Where Love Lives’ turned me into a focused artist after years spent as a jobbing singer, dancer and actress. And when I see people reacting to it that’s always genuinely amazing. More so now, when those people are not just of the older club generations but the new ones too…the twenty-somethings. When you’re live they are always new ways to sing a classic song like that and keep it fresh."

Alison Limerick talking to Glitterbox about the song.[1]

Swedish producer and songwriter Lati Kronlund (Lars E.C. Kronlund) picked Alison Limerick to record "Where Love Lives", after seeing her singing at a show at the ICA in London. She performed Billie Holiday’s 1941 classic God Bless The Child and Kronlund was in the audience. He told her that "Where Love Lives" was her song to sing because it required someone with a big two-octave range.[2] The track is written/produced by Lati Kronlund and mixed by David Morales and Frankie Knuckles. The 1990 single was named just as "Where Love Lives", but when re-released in 1991 it got named "Where Love Lives (Come On In)". It is the first single from her debut album And Still I Rise, which was released in March 1992. That year Limerick also won the Best Female Artist Award at 1992’s DMC Awards.[3]

In 1996 Arista released the Alison Limerick 'Club Classics', a remix album. From this release "Where Love Lives" again topped the dance charts with "Make It On My Own" following. For the first time "Where Love Lives" was released in America and it reached number 4 in the Billboard Hot Dance 100 Chart. In 2003, "Where Love Lives" appeared on the charts yet again thanks to new remixes, reaching #16 on the Billboard dance charts and #44 on the UK pop chart.

Music video[edit]

Alison Limerick in the "Where Love Lives" music video.

A music video was made for "Where Love Lives", directed by James Hyman. The 1996 video version used the same video as the original, but was edited in a different way to accompany the remix.

The music video features Limerick performing with dancers moving both in front of and behind a bright backdrop, making shadow-dancing silhouettes. Sometimes they are also seen dancing in front of mirrors. Sometimes she's dressed in a purple suit with a purple caps. Other times she wears a glittery metal dress.

Impact and legacy[edit]

Mixmag ranked the song number one in its 100 Greatest Dance Singles Of All Time list in 1996, adding:

DJ Magazine ranked it number 9 in their list of Top 100 Club Tunes in 1998.[4]

In BBC Radio’s 2008 listeners & DJs poll The Greatest Ever Dance Record, "Where Love Lives" came in at #5 after Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean", James Brown's "Sex Machine", Donna Summer's "I Feel Love" and Derrick May's "Strings of Life".[5]

DJ Mag included "Where Love Lives" in their list of the Top 100 Most Important House Tracks in 2011.

MTV Dance placed "Where Love Lives" at #58 in their list of The 100 Biggest 90's Dance Anthems Of All Time in November 2011.[6]

After the passing of Frankie Knuckles in 2014, Barry Walters of NPR music wrote:

Time Out`s 2015 list of The 20 Best House Tracks Ever included "Where Love Lives" as #14, adding:

Chart performances[edit]

Upon its first release in 1990, "Where Loves Lives" failed to make an impact in the UK Singles Chart when it peaked at #87. However, after becoming a successful club hit, a re-release some months later in 1991 ensured the song entered the UK Top 30 when it peaked at #27. Another release in 1996, remixed by Dancing Divas, was even more successful when it peaked at #9 on the UK Singles Chart becoming Limerick's highest charting hit. Another remix in 2003 peaked at #44.

The song was also a dance/club hit in the United States, peaking at number 3 on the U.S. Hot Dance Club Play in 1991. In 1996, a new remix peaked at #4 and in 2003 another remix peaked on number 16 on the U.S. Hot Dance Club Play chart.

Track listing[edit]

UK CD single (1990)
No.TitleLength
1."Where Love Lives" (7")3:44
2."Where Love Lives" (Classic Mix)7:01
3."Where Love Lives" (Red Zone Edit)4:04
4."Where Love Lives" (Cut To The Bone)5:07
UK Vinyl single, 12" (1990)
No.TitleLength
1."Where Love Lives" (The Definitive Mix) 
2."Where Love Lives" (Classic Mix) 
3."Where Love Lives" (Cut To The Bone) 
UK Vinyl single, 7" (1990)
No.TitleLength
1."Where Love Lives" (7") 
2."Where Love Lives" (Zone) 
UK & Europe CD single (1991)
No.TitleLength
1."Where Love Lives (Come On In)" (Radio Edit)3:49
2."Where Love Lives (Come On In)" (Classic Mix)6:55
3."Where Love Lives (Come On In)" (Red Zone Mix)5:33
UK Vinyl single, 12" (1991)
No.TitleLength
1."Where Love Lives (Come On In)" (Classic Mix)5:05
2."Where Love Lives (Come On In)" (Red Zone Mix)6:52
3."Where Love Lives (Come On In)" (Cut To The Bone)5:33

Chart positions[edit]

Year Single Chart peaks
UK
[9]
UK Dance
[10]
SCO US Dance
[11]
Eurochart Hot 100[12][13]
1990 "Where Love Lives" 87
1991 "Where Love Lives (Come On In) '91" 27 3 49
1996 "Where Love Lives '96" 9 1 21 4 20
2003 "Where Love Lives '03" 44 49 16

Personnel[edit]

  • Producer – Lati Kronlund
  • Mix – Frankie Knuckles, David Morales
  • Engineer – John Poppo
  • Keyboards – Eric Kupper, Peter Schwartz

Cover versions, samples and remixes[edit]

MDA sampled the song in the track "Take an E (United E Nation Mix)" in 1991.

1st Prodject sampled it in 1992, in the track "Right Before (Remix)".

DJ Red Alert & Mike Slammer sampled it in the 1993 track "In Effect (The Remix)".

British singer Danny Litchfield covered "Where Love Lives" on his 2010 album Soul.[14]

K & K sampled "Where Love Lives" in the track "Peaceful Crowd" in 2016.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Glitterbox Interview: Alison Limerick". defected.com. Retrieved 2016-12-25.
  2. ^ "The Glitterbox Interview: Alison Limerick". defected.com. Retrieved 2016-12-25.
  3. ^ "Alison Limerick Biography". mn2s.com. Retrieved 2017-02-19.
  4. ^ "DJ Magazine Top 100 Club Tunes (1998)". discogs.com. Retrieved 2017-03-04.
  5. ^ "Billie Jean voted top dance song". news.bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 2017-03-03.
  6. ^ MTV Dance Tuesday 27.12.2011
  7. ^ "Where Love Lives: Frankie Knuckles And The Dance Floor". npr.org. Retrieved 2016-12-25.
  8. ^ "20 best house tracks ever". timeout.com. Retrieved 2017-03-03.
  9. ^ "Alison Limerick - UK Chart". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 6 March 2016.
  10. ^ "Official UK Dance Singles Chart (30 June 1996-06 July 1996)". officialcharts.com. Retrieved 2018-02-09.
  11. ^ "Alison Limerick - US Dance Club Songs". billboard.com. Retrieved 6 March 2016.
  12. ^ "Eurochart Hot 100 Singles" (PDF). Music & Media. Retrieved 2018-03-06.
  13. ^ "Eurochart Hot 100 Singles" (PDF). Music & Media. Retrieved 2018-03-19.
  14. ^ "Danny Litchfield - Where Love Lives - Alison Limerick cover". youtube.com. Retrieved 2017-03-12.

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