Released today in 1982: I’m Afraid Of Me

Virgin VS509

Virgin VS509

Steve Levine was given the award for Best British Producer at 1984’s BPI Awards (now known as The Brits) on 21 February that year. It was quite a night for Culture Club, the group he was most associated with: they took away Best British Group and the award for Best Single, with Karma Chameleon, which Levine had produced. He had also produced both the Culture Club albums released to that date (I’m Afraid Of Me was a selection from the first of those) and was about to start work on their third.

Starting out as a tape operator for CBS in the Seventies, he trained as an engineer and branched out into production and occasional song writing in the 1980s. In addition to Culture Club, he also produced a single for the group’s backing singer Helen Terry when she launched a solo career called Act Of Mercy, taken from her album Blue Notes. Another success with a Smash Hits cover star was his production Derek Dunbar’s band Jimmy The Hoover’s debut single, Tantalise. He also worked on a couple of tracks on China Crisis’s debut album.

In the 1990s he would go on to work with two other artists featured in this blog for the first time. In 1995, he produced Love Train – The Philly Album for Sonia, her final studio album. Disappointed by the failure of its lead single to chart, Sonia cancelled its release. Then, in 1999, Levine helmed the single Say for Siouxsie Sioux’s project The Creatures, the lyrics of which concerned the death of Billy Mackenzie of The Associates.

NEW SINGLES on sale from Jun. 25
1982
CULTURE CLUB I’m Afraid Of Me (Virgin VS509)

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