Another 80’s enigma that managed to forge a Pop Career out of beach blonde haircut and a mediocre voice. Produced by Gary Langan this is harmless synthpop, written by Belouis Some & Guy Fletcher (Dire Straits keyboardist). Indeed by hiring the likes of Julian Mendelsohn to remix the single and the legendary duo of Steve Thompson/Michael Barbiero to produce the B-side, Parlophone must have been rubbing their hands but the ’87 release sank without a trace here in the UK. It even had a moody, black and white video filmed at Enni’s House!! (The same used in Blade Runner as Deckard’s apartment)
Sounding slightly like New Order in places, the extended version is the one to listen to but it’s not the dance vocal mix with remix and additional production by Justin Strauss and Murray Elias, a rehash of New Order’s “Bizarre Love Triangle”
B-side, “Aware Of You” brings out the guitars and wacky little overdubs, very like The Cars, but those vocals!
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Parlophone – 12R 6161
A – Animal Magic (Extended Version) – 7:36
B1 – Animal Magic (Radio Version) – 4:14
B2 – Aware Of You – 3:45