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Hipsway – The Honeythief (US 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on January 17th, 2012


Hipsway were a Scottish synth-pop band formed in Glasgow in 1984 by ex-Altered Images guitarist Johnny McElhone on bass, and featuring Grahame Skinner (vocals), Pim Jones (guitar) and Harry Travers (drums). Skinner and Travers had been members of the band Kites with Paul McGrath and Ian McGreevy before Hipsway formed. Their music was characterized by Skinner’s deep vocals and Jones’ tight guitar playing. They were quickly signed up by Mercury Records and by 1985 had released their first, eponymously-titled album. The album was a moderate success in the UK Albums Chart; while the single, “The Honeythief”, made #17 in the UK Singles Chart, and also reached the Top 20 in the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart.

The Honeythief (Galus Mix) 4:37

The Honeythief (7” Version) 3:10
The Honeythief (Extended Version) 4:09

Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint


Year Single Chart Position
1987 The Honeythief U.S. Billboard Hot 100 #19
1987 The Honeythief U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play #9


Label: Columbia – 44 05988
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 33 RPM, Single
Country: US
Released: 1986
Genre: Electronic
Style: Synth-pop
Credits: Producer – Gary Langan
Producer [Additional Production], Remix – Hipsway, Paul Staveley O’Duffy
Written-By – A. McLeod*, G. Skinner*, H Travers*, J. McElhone*

Tracks are listed in the wrong order on the rear sleeve.
Original version on the LP “HIPSWAY”

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
Playlist Creator

All vinyl rips are recorded @ 32bit/float
Downsampled to 24bit/96kHz and16bit /44kHz using iZotope RX Advanced 2
FLAC (Level Eight)
MP3 (320kbps)
Artwork scanned at 600dpi

PW: burningtheground

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15 Responses to “Hipsway – The Honeythief (US 12″)”

  1. pauleky Says:

    An absolute, underrated classic! Thanks so much!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Pauleky! I absolutely agree with you. This is one of my all time favorites


  2. cdmaniac Says:

    Paul I think we have the same collection.
    I Love Hipsway!! Especially The Honeythief!!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    I agree with you my friend =)


  3. Adam Says:

    In one of my less than favourite record shops (which was aimed more @ Dj’s). I was told that this record ‘charted’ in the uk initially because they had used the same order number as a ‘Dire Straits’ record. Can anyone confirm or deny?


    ric Reply:

    First time I heard this trivia, but could be possible. The week The Honeythief
    debuted in the UK charts, Dire Straits’ Walks Of Life was falling down the charts at #13


    Adam Reply:

    Just wondered – Like in another shop I got told how ‘Halo James’ had ‘helped’ change the rules for the charts. One of there songs had 18 different ‘variants’ (with a poster, with a badge etc. etc.) talk about overkill. LOL


    ric Reply:

    Yes Adam, that is definitely true…until then 1990, all formats counted to total sales, but Halo James’ ten different formats of Could’ve Told You So changed the rules.
    Frankie Goes To Hollywood must be glad they had their hits in 1984!!!


  4. Holger Says:

    Absolut Fantastisch!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you Holger!


  5. ric Says:

    Thanks for another high class rip of a common 12″ we share, Paul! I love the raw almost sleazy vocals and instrumentation of the band. Still can’t believe that sinewy vocals came from that angelic face!

    Johnny McElhone made it three out of three. His next band post-Hipsway is Texas, one of the biggest-selling UK bands of the late 90s! So in fact, Hipsway is the least successful of his three ventures.

    Nonetheless, Hipsway was the critics’ darling in the mid 80s. But really a shame it didn’t translate into chart success. The Honeythief is their sole proper hit (all other singles failed to crack the Top 50) and it peaked at #17 and not #7 (was it near bedtime when you did the write-up, Paul? lol!)


    DjPaulT Reply:

    (lol) Ric nope it wasn’t bed time but I was in a rush to get this posted and I knew I had made a mistake somewhere I actually did have #17 typed on a note pad but copied it incorrectly so it’s just a typo. Thank you for letting me know so I can fix it 🙂 And your right his voice is sinful and his face is angelic 🙂


  6. Rob Says:

    Skinner was also in The Jazzateers after Paul Quinn left. Talking of Paul Quinn & The Jazzateers I don’t suppose you have those Bourgie Bourgie 12inches do you? A couple of fine singles with amazing extended mixes (of both A and B sides). My vinyl rips are quite crackly as I don’t have a great deck 🙁

    Keep up the good work!


  7. Philphila Says:

    An all-time favorite – great rip of a great track! Thanks for sharing.


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