The greatest Samantha Fox single that never was.
Couldn’t agree more. What a major, major bop wasted.
I always found it very irritating Stock Aitken Waterman saying they started working with Samantha because, and I quote Mike Stock from a three pages Smash Hits SAW interview back in the day, her record company had ”made an album that cost a lot of money without a good single to pull off it, so they approached us: Please can you make one record that we can stick on the album and will be a hit to make the album sell?”
Excuse ME. Not a good single to pull of it?
I Surrender (To The Spirit Of The Night)
Naughty Girls (Need Love Too)
I Promise You
That’s four extremely strong ones right there. Well ok, I know SAW are not known for their modesty and I do love Nothing’s Gonna Stop Me Now and it certainly worked as the lead single in Europe, but yeah. Hardly an album of wasted money and no proper singles.
Actually I recall being shocked of how strong the album was when it was released. I had been a huge fan of Touch Me and even Do Ya Do Ya, but also very disappointed with the Touch Me album. I basically properly liked only those two tracks and I’m All You Need. The US tracklist which replaced It’s Only Love & Drop Me A Line with Want You To Want Me & Rockin’ In The City would’ve already been a big improvement, but we didn’t get those two before the gatefold rerelease of the album.
In other words my hopes were not very high when the second album arrived. I was basically ready to receive an album SAW described, a great lead single with a lot of duds. Track 1 in Europe for some inexplicable reason being (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction seemed to confirm my fears. I hated it. But THEN. Then I Surrender started playing. And it was simply a-mazzze-ing. Followed by I Promise You, a huge banger. And then Naughty Girls basically blew my mind. Right from the cheeky spoken intro to the finish. Such a fresh sound and big step for her, not to mention the catchy chorus. And this is how it went on. Sure not ALL the songs were not single worthy (meaning Dream City & The Best Is Yet To Come, which I love, and I didn’t expect True Devotion to be released either), but even those weren’t bad but strong album tracks bringing it some added variety. I still think the only dud is Satisfaction.
Now let me play this classic.