Released today in 1986: I Do What I Do

Parlophone R6125

Parlophone R6125

The ‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’ of the 1980s,’ 9½ Weeks’’ shortfalls were summed up in one sentence from Variety magazine: “The virtual absence of anything interesting happening between [the two leads] – like plausible attraction, exotic amazing sex, or, God forbid, good dialogue – leaves one great big hole on the screen for two hours.” It wouldn’t warrant mentioning the film at all if the soundtrack hadn’t included the first solo single by Smash Hits cover star John Taylor.

I Do What I Do was originally offered to Dalbello, but she turned it down (although she did contribute another song). Taylor more or less spoke his way through his vocal for the track, which relied heavily on contributions from session singers. It was reasonably successful in America, where it made #23 on the Billboard Hot 100, but here in the UK it fell short of the Top 40 and was quickly forgotten. This was reversed regarding the fortunes of the film itself: audiences stayed away in the States, while it was a hit in the UK – especially on home video, where it became one of the most borrowed titles of late 80s at video rental stores.

The soundtrack featured a mix of American, British and Canadian acts. Other Smash Hits cover stars appearing were Bryan Ferry, whose Slave To Love from his 1985 album Boys And Girls was included (the track had already been a hit single prior to the film’s release), and Eurythmics, with This City Never Sleeps from their 1983 album Sweet Dreams. Stewart Copeland of The Police contributed Cannes.

Established artists Joe Cocker and Devo contributed cover versions of You Can Leave Your Hat On and Bread and Butter respectively. The soundtrack album was completed by tracks from acts less well-known to the Brits. Corey Hart’s Eurasian Eyes, from his 1985 album Boy In The Box was a single in several territories, including his native Canada. The other Canadian nationals on the soundtrack were Dalbello, with Black On Black (a single in Germany), and Luba, who supplied two songs:The Best Is Yet To Come, which was chosen as a single in the UK, and Let It Go, taken from her 1984 album Secrets and Sins and which was the preferred choice as a single in the US.

NEW SINGLES on sale from Mar. 3
1986
David BOWIE Absolute Beginners (Virgin VS838)
CULTURE CLUB Move Away (Virgin VS845)
Howard JONES No One Is To Blame (WEA HOW9)
Julian LENNON Stick Around (Charisma CB420)
John TAYLOR I Do What I Do (Parlophone R6125)

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