Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Paul Hardcastle 'Just For Money'

Chart Peak: 19


The long-awaited follow-up to '19' is this track which features the combined talents of Lord Olivier, Bob Hoskins and Paul Hardcastle.

Featuring the single after the big hit feels like a bit of a throwback to Now 5, although '19' did at least get some representation in the series thanks to Rory Bremner. It was always going to be a hard act to follow, and I don't think anyone would have predicted that he'd try to do so with a cockney gangster movie in sound (that being a much obvious move in the pre-Guy Richie days than it would be now). Co-written by his manager's brother Kim Fuller, later to script such classics as Spiceworld The Movie and From Justin To Kelly, it's a bit of a hidden gem, or at least a song that it makes a nice change to hear. It suffers slightly from not quite seeming sure whether it's meant to be a novelty or a morality tale and, like '19', the weakest point is the exposition from the female singer, which breaks the old "show, don't tell" rule, and is probably the most dated part of the record now. Still, well done getting Olivier on there. I don't imagine he listened to the finished track very often.

Also appearing on: Now 8
Available on: Paul Hardcastle

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