Wired for Sound

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Wired for Sound
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Studio album by Cliff Richard
Released 11 September 1981
Recorded 27 May – 9 June 1981; Gallery Studios, London[1]
Label EMI
  • Alan Tarney (except on "Daddy's Home" which was recorded live)
Cliff Richard chronology
Love Songs
Wired for Sound
Now You See Me, Now You Don't
Singles from Wired for Sound
  1. "Wired for Sound"
    Released: 14 August 1981
  2. "Daddy's Home"
    Released: 6 November 1981
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars [2]

Wired for Sound is a studio album by Cliff Richard, released in August 1981. The album peaked at number 4 in the UK album charts upon release, and spent a total of 25 weeks on the chart in 1981–82.[3] The album was certified Platinum by the BPI and achieved sales over one million globally.[4][5] In Canada it was the 100th most successful album of the year.[6]

The title track was released as the lead single of the album, and was followed up by a cover of Shep and the Limelites 1961 US doo-wop hit, "Daddy's Home". The singles peaked at number 4 and 2 respectively on the UK singles chart.[7] "Daddy's Home" was held off number 1 for 4 weeks running by the Human League's "Don't You Want Me", but earned gold certification from the BPI for sales over half a million.[8][9] The track was recorded live on 1 May 1981 at the Hammersmith Odeon, for a rock 'n' roll special to be broadcast later by BBC Television.[4]

"Broken Doll" is a cover of a Wreckless Eric single from 1980. Reportedly, Richard also wanted to record Eric's "(I'd Go The) Whole Wide World" too, but only if he could change some of the lyrics - which Eric refused.[2] "Young Love" was given new lyrics and retitled "The Last Kiss" for a cover version by David Cassidy with George Michael. It was released as the lead single for Cassidy's 1985 album Romance, becoming a top ten hit in the UK and Germany.[10][11] "Once in a While" was originally recorded by Leo Sayer on his 1980 album Living in a Fantasy, and was also released as a single in the UK and Australia.

The promotional video for the title track is one of Richard's best-known, and was filmed around the centre of Milton Keynes, the new town in Buckinghamshire that was developed after the Second World War. It features Richard walking around and on rollerskates, while listening to music on a Walkman cassette player; such devices were then newly available in the UK.[12]

A remastered version of the album was issued in July 2001, with the B-sides of both singles included as bonus tracks.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Alan Tarney except where indicated.

Side one
  1. "Wired for Sound" (Tarney, B. A. Robertson) – 3:36
  2. "Once in a While" – 4:38
  3. "Better Than I Know Myself" (Dave Cooke, Judy MacKenzie) – 3:39
  4. "Oh No, Don't Let Go" – 3:37
  5. "'Cos I Love That Rock 'n' Roll" – 4:10
Side two
  1. "Broken Doll" (Eric Goulden, Walter Hacon) – 4:15
  2. "Lost in a Lonely World" (Chris Eaton) – 4:01
  3. "Summer Rain" (Eaton) – 4:15
  4. "Young Love" – 4:03
  5. "Say You Don't Mind" – 4:01
  6. "Daddy's Home" (live) (James Sheppard, William Miller) – 2:56
2001 reissue bonus tracks
  1. "Shakin' All Over" (live) (Frederick Heath) (B-side of "Daddy's Home") – 2:43
  2. "Hold On" (B-side of "Wired for Sound") – 3:43


  • Cliff Richard – vocals and backing vocals
  • John Clark – guitar on "Lost in a Lonely World"
  • Nick Glennie-Smith – piano on "Young Love", engineer
  • Graham Jarvis – drums on all tracks except "Once in a While", "Summer Rain" and "Young Love"
  • Trevor Spencer – drums on "Once in a While", "Summer Rain" and "Young Love"
  • Alan Tarney – all instruments except those listed in credits, backing vocals, arrangements, production
  • Rebecca Swearingen - photography

Charts and certifications[edit]


  1. ^ Lewry, Peter; Goodall, Nigel (1991). Cliff Richard: The Complete Recording Sessions, 1958–1990. London, England: Blandford Press. pp. 127–129, 156–157, 175. ISBN 978-0-71372-242-0. 
  2. ^ a b Wired for Sound at AllMusic. Retrieved 2 May 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Cliff Richard | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart
  4. ^ a b Wired for Sound (CD liner). EMI Records. 2001. 
  5. ^ "Cliff Richard - The Six Continental Man" (PDF). Billboard: 72. 12 February 1994. Retrieved 1 January 2017. 
  6. ^ Top 100 Albums of 1981, RPM Weekly. Retrieved 28 January 2016
  7. ^ Roberts, David, ed. (2001). British Hit Singles (14th ed.). London, England: Guinness World Records. p. 378. ISBN 978-0-85112-156-7. 
  8. ^ "Cliff Richard's UK Chart positions". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 23 July 2015. 
  9. ^ "UK certification Database". BPI. Retrieved 23 July 2015. 
  10. ^ "David Cassidy's UK Chart positions". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 4 April 2015. 
  11. ^ "David Cassidy's Germany Chart positions". GfK Entertainment. Retrieved 4 April 2015. 
  12. ^ Bromley, Tom (2012). Wired for Sound: Now That's What I Call an 80s Music Childhood. London, England: Simon & Schuster. ISBN 978-1-84983-393-6. 
  13. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. Australian Chart Book, St Ives, N.S.W. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  14. ^ Nielsen Business Media, Inc. (16 January 1982). Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. p. 50. ISSN 0006-2510. 
  15. ^ "RPM Top Singles - Volume 35, No. 16, November 14, 1981". Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 14 April 2016. 
  16. ^ "Longplay-Chartverfolgung at Musicline" (in German). Musicline.de. Phononet GmbH.
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  18. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Cliff Richard – Wired for Sound". Hung Medien.
  19. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Cliff Richard – Wired for Sound". Hung Medien.
  20. ^ "Cliff Richard – Chart history" Billboard 200 for Cliff Richard.
  21. ^ UK 1981 Best Selling Albums
  22. ^ "Top 100 National Albums 1982 - Australia". Retrieved 27 December 2016. 
  23. ^ The "Top 100 Albums of 1981" chart is identified by the RPM Year-End article "RPM Top 100 Albums of 1981 - Volume 35, No. 22, December 26, 1981". RPM (magazine) (original) / Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 2016-04-14. 
  24. ^ "British album certifications – Cliff Richard – Wired for Sound". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Wired for Sound in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Select Platinum in the field By Award. Click Search
  25. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Cliff Richard – Wired for Sound". Music Canada. 
  26. ^ "New Zealand album certifications – Cliff Richard – Wired for Sound". Recorded Music NZ.