Posted by DjPaulT on May 4th, 2011
BURNING THE GROUND EXCLUSIVE 1985
Boys Don’t Cry were a British studio band known for the hit single “I Wanna Be a Cowboy” discovered by Paul Oakenfold, who was a talent scout for Profile Records in London in the mid-’80s. Best known for being Run DMC’s record label at the time, Profile signed the band for the U.S. market and Legacy retained the rights to the band’s UK releases. Mercury Records won the bidding for Canada and Intercord Tonträger GmbH handled their releases in Germany.
The tune “I Wanna Be a Cowboy” was released in 1986. A novelty song with deadpan humour and kitschy references, the song has been described as the perfect musical realisation of a spaghetti western movie. It hit #12 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #13 on the Hot Dance Music/Maxi Singles Sales chart in 1986-1987, and was R&R #8. “I Wanna Be A Cowboy” was also a top 10 hit in Australia and South Africa.
They would go on to release two full-length albums: a self-titled debut in 1986, which included “I Wanna Be a Cowboy,” and a follow-up the following year titled Who the Am Dam do You Think We Am. The second album was simply released in America as “Boys Don’t Cry,” creating some confusion there, since the band now had two consecutive self-titled albums released within a year of each other.
On July 30, 1997, co-writers Nick Richards and Brian Chatton sued Paula Cole, Warner Brothers Records, and Imago Records, along with remix producers DJ EFX, Big Ed, and the E-Team, for $7 million in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, claiming that Cole’s remix “Where Have all the Cowboys Gone?” used the phrase “I wanna be a cowboy” 24 times in the same style and syntax as their song and constituted copyright infringement.
I Wanna Be A Cowboy (12″ Saddle Mix) 6:05
I Wanna Be A Cowboy (Instrumental Saloon Mix) 6:05
VINYL: Near Mint
Cover: Near Mint
|1985||I Wanna Be A Cowboy||U.S. Billboard Hot 100||#12|
|1985||I Wanna Be A Cowboy||U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Maxi Singles Sales||#13|
|1985||I Wanna Be A Cowboy||U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play||#44|
Label: Profile Records
Format: Vinyl, 12″, Single, 33 RPM
Credits: Engineer – Chris Potter, Tony Taverner
Photography – Simon Fowler
Producer – Boys Don’t Cry
Written-By – Chatton*, Seopardie*, Richards*, Ramsden*
Jacket Made In Canada
Message in run-out groove, side A: This Cowboy Ride is BLAZE-”ing” HOT!!!
1985 Legacy Records (London)
Find the 12″ on DISCOGS
Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut III
Cartridge: Ortofon Super
Stylus: Ortofon OM Stylus 30
Bellari VP130 Tube Phono Preamp
Soundcard: ESI Juli@
VPI HW 16.5 Record Cleaning Machine
Brother MFC-6490CW Professional Series Scanner
Adobe Audition 3.0 (Recording)
Adobe Photoshop CS5
All vinyl rips are recorded @ 32bit/float
Downsampled to 24bit/96kHz and16bit /44kHz using iZotope RX Advanced 2
FLAC (Level Eight)
Artwork scanned at 600dpi
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