Racey were a British pop group, formed in 1976 in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, England, by Clive Wilson and Phil Fursdon. They achieved success in the late 1970s and early 1980s, with hits such as "Lay Your Love on Me" and "Some Girls". Their 1979 song "Kitty" was an international hit in 1981 for Toni Basil when she reworked it into "Mickey".
The original lineup of Racey, 1979.
|Origin||Weston-super-Mare, United Kingdom|
|Genres||Power pop, glam rock (before 1980), new wave|
|Associated acts||Richard Gower's Racey (1992 to present), The Original Racey (1990 to present)|
|Past members||Richard Gower|
Pete Miller (†2003)
The original line-up featured Richard Gower (born 1955, Hackney, London, England; vocals and keyboards), Phil Fursdon (vocals and guitar), Pete Miller (vocals and bass) and Clive Wilson (vocals and drums). After early success in their local pub circuit, they came to the attention of Mickie Most. Racey's first single, "Baby It's You", was penned by Smokie members Chris Norman and Pete Spencer and released in 1978. Their second single, "Lay Your Love on Me", was the group's first hit single, peaking at No.3 in the UK Singles Chart in late 1978 through to early 1979. The third single, "Some Girls", was written for the American band Blondie, for whom Mike Chapman also produced, but was instead given to Racey as a follow-up to "Lay Your Love on Me". ("Some Girls" was later recorded by Barry Manilow for his 1982 "Here Comes the Night" album.) The band then parted company with Chinn and Chapman after the album was released and although they continued to play and tour they released only a few more singles that did not match their previous successes. The only album they made under the original line-up was their 1979 debut album Smash and Grab. The band's hits were either written and/or produced by Mike Chapman and Nicky Chinn.
The band formally split in 1985, and since then two separate groups named Racey exist, one featuring band member Richard Gower and the other featuring Clive Wilson, Phil Fursdon and Pete Miller, the original bass player. Miller died of cancer on 6 May 2003. Several albums and CDs with re-recordings of the original hits as well as new material are available from both of the present-day versions of the group.
In May 2009, the reissue of Racey's Smash And Grab album was available on a double CD through 7Ts Records, a division of Cherry Red Records in London. It included the original 1979 album along with all other recordings made for RAK Records between 1978 and 1982.
Smash and Grab (1979)
(produced by Mickie Most in 1979)
Lay Your Love On Me (1996)
(recorded between 1978-1996)
|1978||"Baby It's You"
(Chris Norman, Pete Spencer)
|1978||"Lay Your Love on Me
(Nicky Chinn, Mike Chapman)
|"I Believed You"|
|RAK 284||UK #3, Ireland #2, Australia #1|
(Nicky Chinn, Mike Chapman)
|RAK 291||UK #2, Ireland #2, South Africa #1, Australia #1|
|1979||"Boy Oh Boy"
(Gloria Macari, Roger Ferris)
|RAK 297||UK #22, Ireland #9, South Africa #2, Australia #12|
|1980||"Such a Night"
(Steve Glenn, David Most, Mike Burns)
|"There's A Party Going On""|
|RAK 301||Australia #94|
|1980||"Rest of My Life"
(R. Scott - S.Wolfe)
|"Cry Baby Cry""|
|RAK 317||Australia #45|
(Dion DiMucci and Ernie Maresca)
|"Hold Me Close"|
|RAK 325||UK #13, Ireland #9, Australia #91|
|"Let Me Take You Home Tonight"||RAK 329|
|1981||"There's A Party Going On"
|"High Street Sunset"||RAK 338|
|1982||"Not Too Young to Get Married"
(Phil Spector, Ellie Greenwich and Jeff Barry)
|1996||"Cry Cry Time"
List of Songs
The following is a sortable table of all songs by Racey:
- The column Song list the song title; bold means released as a single.
- The column Writer(s) lists who wrote the song.
- The column Time shows the length of the song.
- The column Album lists the album the song is featured on.
- The column Producer lists the producer of the song.
- The column Year lists the year in which the song was released.
|Baby It's You||Chris Norman, Pete Spencer||4:32||non-album-song||Mickie Most||1978||A-side of Rudi|
|Boy Oh Boy||Gloria Macari, Roger Ferris||2:54||Smash and Grab||Mickie Most||1979||A-side of Sensational Buzz|
|Crazy||3:40||The Best Of 2006||2006|
|Cry Baby Cry||Richard Gower||2:37||The Best Of Racey||Racey||1980||B-side of Rest of My Life|
|Cry Cry Time||?||4:04||non-album-song||1986||A-side of ?|
|Fighting Chance||Richard Gower||3:47||The Best Of Racey||Mickie Most||1979||B-side of Some Girls|
|High Street Sunset||Richard Gower||non-album-song||Racey||1981||B-side of There's A Party Going On (1981)|
|Hold Me Close||Richard Gower||2:44||The Best Of Racey||Racey||1980||B-side of Runaround Sue|
|I Believed You||Richard Gower||3:07||The Best Of Racey||Mickie Most||1978||B-side of Lay Your Love on Me|
|I Mean It This Time||3:10||Say Wow! (Greatest & Latest)||1996|
|Judy in Disguise (With Glasses)||John Fred, Andrew Bernard||3:44||The Best Of||2006|
|Kitty||Nicky Chinn, Mike Chapman||3:38||Smash and Grab||Mickie Most||1979|
|Lay Your Cards On The Table||Steve Glenn, David Most, Mike Burns||3:08||Smash and Grab||Mickie Most||1979|
|Lay Your Love on Me||Nicky Chinn, Mike Chapman||3:16||Smash and Grab||Mickie Most||1978||A-side of I Believed You|
|Let Me Take You Home Tonight||Richard Gower||3:26||non-album-song||Mickie Most||1981||B-side of Shame|
|Little Darlin'||Maurice Williams||2:40||non-album-song||Mickie Most||1981||A-side of Rock It|
|Little Girls||2:50||The Best Of 2006||2006|
|Little Girls (beach Mix)||2:46||2006|
|Love Games||Richard Gower||3:19||non-album-song||Richard Gower||1982||B-side of Not Too Young to Get Married|
|Love's A Riot||Nicky Chinn, Mike Chapman||2:54||Smash and Grab||Mickie Most||1979|
|Mad About The Girl||3:14|
|Not Too Young to Get Married||Phil Spector, Ellie Greenwich and Jeff Barry||3:01||non-album-song||Steve Glen||1982||A-side of Love Games|
|Rah Stateway||Richard Gower||3:47||Smash and Grab||Mickie Most||1979|
|Rest of My Life||Steve Wolfe, Ronnie Scott||3:36||The Best Of Racey||Mickie Most||1980||A-side of Cry Baby Cry|
|Rock It||Richard Gower||2:42||non-album-song||Mickie Most||1978||B-side of Little Darlin"|
|Rudi||Richard Gower||2:53||non-album-song||Mickie Most||1978||B-side of Baby It's You|
|Runaround Sue||Dion DiMucci and Ernie Maresca||2:57||The Best Of Racey||Mickie Most||1980||A-side of Hold Me Close|
|Satin 'N' Lace||4:13||The Best Of 2006||2006|
|Sensational Buzz||Richard Gower||3:23||The Best Of Racey||Mickie Most||1979||B-side of Boy Oh Boy|
|Shame||Richard Gower||2:35||non-album-song||Mickie Most||1981||A-side of Let Me Take You Home Tonight|
|She's A Winner||Richard Gower||2:49||Smash and Grab||Mickie Most||1979|
|She's Different||3:52||Say Wow! (Greatest & Latest)||1996|
|Some Girls||Nicky Chinn, Mike Chapman||3:46||Smash and Grab||Mickie Most||1979||A-side of Fighting Chance|
|Still The One||4:08||The Best Of 2006||2006|
|Such a Night||Steve Glenn, David Most, Mike Burns||2:40||Smash and Grab||Mickie Most||1980||A-side of There's A Party Going On|
|There's A Party Going On||Jimmie Cameron||3:10||Smash and Grab||Mickie Most||1980||B-side of Such a Night|
|There's A Party Going On||Jimmie Cameron||3:10||Smash and Grab||Mickie Most||1981||A-side of High Street Sunset|
|We Are Racey||Richard Gower||3:05||Smash and Grab||Mickie Most||1979|
|Worlds Apart||3:43||The Best Of 2006||2006|
|Baby It's You||Chris Norman, Pete Spencer||Smokie||Bright Lights & Back Alleys||1977|
|Judy in Disguise (With Glasses)||John Fred, Andrew Bernard||John Fred & His Playboy Band||Agnes English||1967|
|Little Darlin'||Maurice Williams||The Gladiolas||1957||successful cover version by The Diamonds|
|Not Too Young to Get Married||Phil Spector, Ellie Greenwich and Jeff Barry||Bob B. Soxx & the Blue Jeans||Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah||1963|
|Runaround Sue||Dion DiMucci and Ernie Maresca||Dion||Runaround Sue||1961|
Racey songs covered by others
|Kitty||Nicky Chinn, Mike Chapman||Toni Basil||Mickey||Word of Mouth||1981|
|Lay Your Love on Me||Nicky Chinn, Mike Chapman||a) Kikki Danielsson|
b) De Strangers
c) Benny Schnier
|a) Lay Your Love on Me|
b) Melksjoekkelat mè neutjes (Dutch)
c) Wenn deine Süße einmal sauer ist (German)
|a) Rock'n Yodel
b) Te Pakke Of Te Late
c) Amigo Charly Brown
|Some Girls||Nicky Chinn, Mike Chapman||Streaplers||Flickor (Swedish)||Om Jag Säger Att Jag Älskar..||1979|
|Such a Night||Steve Glenn, David Most, Mike Burns||Boy||Jede Nacht 'ne Muppet-Party (German)||1980|
- Kacey Traver. The Life of Racey Raver, 2009, Penguin House Books.