Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Hue And Cry 'Labour Of Love'

Chart Peak: 25 (6 in 1987)
Hue and Cry are Pat and Greg Kane... 'Labour Of Love' originally made No. 6 in 1987 and this well-acclaimed remix returned them to the chart in March 1993.
Slight anomaly here - although the note refers to "this... remix", and the small print shows a 1993 copyright date, the production credits printed on the disc itself are as the original and indeed it's the original 1987 mix of the track that appears on the disc. I'm not sure whether this is a mistake or not (three of the four formats of the single included the original anyway), but for reference the official lead track of the re-release was the 7" Urban Edit, which sounds amazingly dated now.

Oddly enough, the 1987 version doesn't actually seem that out of place among the early-90s tracks, if only because an extra six years seems less significant when everything's already over 20 years old. There's something that seems increasingly ridiculous about the song though, a slightly overdone pastiche of soul and a sense that it's a bit too in love with its own cleverness, though I admit I could be projecting my own impressions of Pat Kane as a media personality onto his music - I certainly liked the song in 1987, before I understood it.. At least it has a nice sudden ending for the end of Disc 1.

Also appearing on: Now 10, 13, 14, 15
Available on: Labours Of Love - The Best Of Hue And Cry

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