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‘Til Tuesday – Voices Carry (US 12″ Promo)

Posted by DjPaulT on September 30th, 2011



“Voices Carry” is a song by American new wave band ‘Til Tuesday. Written by Aimee Mann, the song was produced by Mike Thorne for the group’s debut album Voices Carry, released in 1985.

“Voices Carry” was recorded in 1985 at RPM Sound Studios in New York. The song is about past sour relationships, and was originally written and sung by Aimee Mann as to a woman. ‘Til Tuesday rehearsed that format in Boston the previous summer, but Epic was unhappy with the lyrics, they thought that it was a “very powerful, commercial song”, and wanted to remove the lesbian components to appeal to the mainstream market.

Despite the pressure to replace the lyrics, producer Mike Thorne thought that “it didn’t matter any to the impact of the song itself”, and the band eventually changed the gender of the love interest. At the beginning, ‘Til Tuesday and Thorne were undecided between “Love in a Vacuum” and “Looking over My Shoulder” to be released as the first single, but ultimately Epic’s A&R executive Dick Wingate chose “Voices Carry”, because it “define precisely the band and its style”. According to Thorne, his contract stated that he had the right to be the first to remix the song for the 7″ single release. He was then told that it was remixed by Bob Clearmountain, about this he commented, “not what the rules were but it sounded pretty good, as well it might coming from one of the finest American engineer/producers”.

“Voices Carry” was released in the United States in March 1985. It first appeared on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart at number four, the next week it debuted at number eighty-one on the Billboard Hot 100. It reached a peak position of number eight in its fourteenth week, and stayed twenty-one weeks on the chart, becoming the band’s first and only top ten single in the United States. The success of the single helped their debut album reach the top twenty on the Billboard 200 chart, and pushed it past the gold mark.

In Canada, the single entered the RPM singles chart on June 1985 at number ninety-four, peaked at number fifteen for two weeks in August 1985, stayed twenty-two weeks in total, and was certified gold by the Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA). In Australia, “Voices Carry” entered the Kent Music Report on June 17, 1985; it peaked at number fifteen, and spent fourteen weeks on the chart.

Voices Carry (Long Version) 4:19

Voices Carry (Single Mix) 3:59

Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Mint (generic)


Year Single Chart Position
1985 Voices Carry U.S. Billboard Hot 100 #8
1985 Voices Carry U.S. Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks #14
1985 Voices Carry U.S. Cashbox Top 100 Singles #12


Label: Epic – AS 2010
Format: Vinyl, 12″, Promo, 33 RPM
Country: US
Released: 1985
Genre: Electronic
Style: Synth-pop
Credits: Executive Producer – Dick Wingate
Producer – Mike Thorne
Remix – Bob Clearmountain
Written-By – A. Mann*, J. Pesce*, M. Hausman*, R. Holmes*

Taken from the Epic Lp: “Voices Carry” BFE 39458
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17 Responses to “‘Til Tuesday – Voices Carry (US 12″ Promo)”

  1. Ways2BWicked Says:

    Very interesting facts. Thanks for posting this! As per usual, you do an excellent job!


  2. antbee Says:

    Thanks Paul, love this song!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Nice to see you. Havn’t heard from you in a while 🙂


  3. Sergio Says:

    Thanks for this 12 inch.. it’s awesome!


  4. Wayne Says:

    Love, love, love this track…thanks for the rip!


  5. ric Says:

    I remember this charting around the same time with Animotion’s Obsession…two of my favourites from 1985.

    I have their CD album, and checking the timings, I would guess the Long Version is actually the album version? Thanks for the Single Mix though, probably this is the version Casey Kasem played on AT40.

    Voices Carry was actually offered to label mate Cyndi Lauper but Cyndi didn’t end up recording it. But I can definitely imagine Cyndi doing the song.

    Also worth a mention is THAT video, with the Hawt but abusive male lead. It was one of the most stylized (well, at that time) and powerful video at that time.

    Paul, do you have their What About Love 12″ version? That is another hard to find winner from them, and truly a representative of the West Coast sound. Fingers crossed!

    And Happy Weekend, my friend!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Hi Ric I agree about the Hawtness of the lead always had a kind of crush going on for him during that time (lol). I don’t have the “What About Love” 12″ but I just ordered it from Germany this morning so I should have it in a couple of weeks. Have a great weekend.


    ric Reply:

    So I wasn’t the only one back then? hahahaha!

    I am so looking forward to that What About Love post! I’m sure many others here feel the same. Hopefully it will all translate into huge “written” response when the time comes…


    Dan Reply:

    Oh no, Ric. You definitely weren’t the only one who noticed the hawtness factor of the guy in the video! I always wondered who he was, because I don’t remember seeing him in anything before or since then. It would be interesting to see what he looks like now, 26 years later!

    I’ve seen this song on several compilations over the years, and several of them specifically say “Single Mix” next to the title. Does anyone know if the Album Version is any different? I never had their debut album, so I wouldn’t know.


  6. MusicMan3 Says:

    Great post, thank you Paul. Aimee Mann rocks!


  7. guss Says:

    Thanks Paul, nice track, have a nice weekend!!!


  8. Mike Says:

    I’ve always loved this song! Til Tuesday made some great music. Thanks


  9. john vincer Says:

    ei sir. thanks great song . pls post The Star sisters- he’s the 1 i love( dance mix) and pls send a copy of mp3 to my email cncaluag@yahoo.com


  10. Barry Says:

    As soon as I saw the words 12″ Promo, I thought, ‘Does it have the 7″ version too?’ Yes it does, hooray!!! Thanks for this!


  11. kalev70 Says:

    link bad pr broken……….?

    reload please


  12. Jason63 Says:

    Thanks Paul. I didn’t have the album version.


  13. Matt Says:

    This is one of my all time faves. Thanks for sharing


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