Never entirely sure of the first single I ever bought, but I think it’s this one. I know almost nothing about Racey… Hang on… *googles frantically, making this writing about music lark look like a lark indeed*
Let’s start again. Racey, who I know lots about, were on the receiving end of being the first single I ever bought. Their songs, turns out, were co-penned by quite famous writer/producer duo Mike Chapman and Nicky Chinn who were responsible for the likes of The Sweet and Suzi Quatro. ‘Some Girls’, the follow-up to this was, apparently, originally written for Blondie. Chapman, see, produced ‘Parallel Lines’. Can’t imagine it watching this, can you?
The pair wrote a ton of stuff, including another song penned for Racey, called ‘Kitty’ that ended up becoming Toni Basil’s ‘Mickey’. Chapman, turns outs, went on to produce The Knack, Bow Wow Wow and later period Altered Images. It always comes back to Altered Images with me, eh? So from what I thought was a slightly embarrassing admission of my first single, I smell of roses. Brilliant.
I imagine I saw Racey on ‘Top Of The Pops’, liked the song and somehow laid my hands the single. I have no idea where the cash from. It was 1978 and I didn’t get my paper round until 1980. Got me thinking my kids will never know the concept of music being finite… or the joys of the paper round. I needed the paper round to fund my record buying right up until I was 16 when I cut out the middle man and landed a job in a record shop.