Released today in 1985: Blue Mood

Mercury MER207

Mercury MER207

It’s Better To Travel by Swing Out Sister, from which their debut single Blue Mood was taken, was arguably the most popular album produced by Paul Staveley O’Duffy in the 1980s. It entered the chart at #1 and stayed there for a second week, and two of its singles (Breakout and Surrender) were Top 10 hits. Probably the most popular act he worked with was Curiosity Killed The Cat, but he only produced one song on their debut album, the single Ordinary Day. Like Swing Out Sister and Curiosity, the biggest hit single he was involved with was by another Smash Hits cover act. He didn’t produce Gary Clark’s band Danny Wilson’s Mary’s Prayer, but it was his re-mix of the song that finally sent it into the Top 10, where it reached #3.

O’Duffy worked on numerous projects in the 1980s, and due to his involvement with the three groups above, it was with ‘sophisti-pop’ that he was most associated. Other groups associated with that genre he worked with were Blue Zone (he produced their only album Big Thing – the group featured future Smash Hits cover artist Lisa Stansfield); Cry Before Dawn (he produced their first album, but not their only hit single Witness For The World), The Dream Academy (he co-produced the song Heaven Pt. 1 which appeared on the B-side of Indian Summer) and Hipsway (he co-produced the single Long White Car with the band). He also produced for a number of ‘crossover’ artists, such as The Pasadenas, Helena Springs and Errol Brown (all operating at the pop end of the R&B market), dance-rockers Was (Not Was), and the house/electronica duo The Beloved.

NEW SINGLES on sale from Nov. 22
1985
The CULT Revolution (Beggars Banquet BEG152)
SWING OUT SISTER Blue Mood (Mercury MER207)

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