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Al Corley – Square Rooms (German 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on April 18th, 2012


“Square Rooms” is a Europop song recorded by American singer, actor and producer Al Corley. It was the first single from his album of the same name. First released in 1984, the song was a hit in some European countries and had a moderate success in the United States in 1985.

After two seasons playing one of the first gay leading characters an American TV series, Dynasty, Al Corley left the nighttime soap opera to become a singer. With Harold Faltermeyer and Peter John Woods, he composed the text of his first song, “Square Rooms.”

The media-savvy singer affected the brooding look and attitude popular among pop stars and GQ models at the time: pouty, dark glances and tousled hair. His choice of image worked best in France, where his television performances elicited the unbridled enthusiasm of teenage girls. However, according to Elia Habib, a French charts specialist, his success was not only based on his physical appearance. Indeed, “Square Rooms”‘ music had a large popular appeal and had a production designed for the dance floor. It was produced and composed by the German musician Harold Faltermeyer, who had previously arranged “Self Control”, a worldwide pop and dance-floor smash for Laura Branigan in 1984 which featured a similar vocal hook. Faltermeyer would achieve his greatest personal success later the same year, composing, performing and producing the score to Beverly Hills Cop, a 1984 film directed by Martin Brest, including its hit instrumental theme, “Axel F”.

“Square Rooms” was released first in Switzerland, where it was a hit, peaking at number six on October 21, 1984, and staying in the top 30 for ten weeks. The single debuted at number 47 in the French Singles Chart on January 5, 1985. It climbed quickly and was number one for five nonconsecutive weeks, from March 9 to April 13, 1985. After its peak, it lingered on the charts until its 27th week, on July 20, 1985. The song also achieved success in Italy (number 12), Germany (number 13) and Austria where it reached number 15 in April 1985. “Square Rooms” was released last in Corley’s native U.S., where the single was only a minor pop hit, reaching number 80 on the Hot 100 on June 1, 1985. American dancefloors were more receptive than its airwaves; Corley reached number 26 on the Billboard Dance/Disco chart the week of June 22, 1985.

The 12-inch (long) version includes an entire additional verse prior to the first chorus. This verse is excised in both the single and album versions of the song.

Square Rooms (Long Version) 8:02
Written By – Al Corley, Peter Woods, Harold Faltermeier/Al Corley
Written-By – Al CorleyHarold Faltermeier*, Peter Woods*

Square Rooms (Single Version) 3:40
Written By – Peter Woods, Harold Faltermeier/Al Corley
Written-By – Al CorleyHarold Faltermeier*, Peter Woods*

Don’t Play With Me 4:20
Written-By – Al Corley

Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint


Year Single Chart Position
1985 Square Rooms U.S. Billboard Hot 100 #80
1985 Square Rooms U.S. Billboard Hot Dance/Club Play #26


Label: Mercury – 822 241-1
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 45 RPM, Maxi-Single
Country: Germany
Released: 1984
Genre: Electronic
Style: Synth-pop
Credits: Management – Alex Grob
Producer – Harold Faltermeier*

From the forthcoming LP “AL CORLEY”

Find The 12″ On DISCOGS

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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

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20 Responses to “Al Corley – Square Rooms (German 12″)”

  1. Matracas Says:

    A MONSTER hit in Mexico where it stayed on the radio for many months and is always included in 80’s retro programming. From that album the song “Cold Dresses” got some airplay but nowhere near the amounf “Square rooms” got.


    harry Reply:

    jajaja estas en todas matracas! un saludo


  2. jonathan Says:

    Oh man… Wow… He looks like Kris Humphries in the video… This did not get much U.S. Airplay. Thanks Paul for bustin out the rare-ness.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Jonathan. I remember always loving this track and still do 🙂


  3. Kevin Says:

    Very nice to see…thanks! I remember having a MP3 of this a few other tracks of his…this is a very welcome addition to my collection.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome kevin I am glad I had it to offer 🙂


  4. Bellenger1981 Says:

    I’ve been looking for this! How did you know? 😀 Ah, pure ’80s drum machine! I love it. The “Long Version” has made some rare appearances on CD, but those CDs now seem either hard to find or are out of print. Thank you, Paul!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’r welcome Bellenger1981 I must have had a mind connection with you somehow 🙂


    Bellenger1981 Reply:

    Paul, it’s amazing how you’ll just randomly post stuff that I’ve been looking for without me even asking. I’m starting to think that a mind connection may in fact exist. 😀

    Good job on the transfer, by the way. Sounds great in 96/24 FLAC!


  5. mr.misterfan Says:

    Great post Al corley represents the real meaning of 80’s music, thx Paul, what about Cold Dresses, that would be “super Great” thx again, bye


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Mr.Misterfan. The “Cold Dresses” 12″ has always been hard for me to find so sadly I don’t have it right now but I am always adding to my collection so you never know it may show up someday 🙂


  6. ric Says:

    Al Corley sure gives Corey Hart a run for his money in the pouting department!
    Both Square Rooms and Cold Dresses were big hits in my part of the world in the mid 80s, and is still a staple on retro clubs and radios up till today!
    The two 12″s are somewhere deep in my storage, so I’m glad that you’ve given Mr Pout your BTG rip and touch!
    Thanks Paul!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Ric. I agree Mr. Corley does give Mr. Hart a run for his money in the pout department. But if I had to choose a winning pout it would most certainly be be Mr. Hart 😉


    ric Reply:

    ummmm…can you join the queue, Paul? LOL!
    With those dreamy bedroom eyes, it has to be Corey!


  7. feanor Says:

    thanks, haven’t heard this before but looks like it’ll be right up my alley!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Feanor. I am sure you are gonna love this.


  8. Maggi M Says:



  9. guss Says:

    Thanks Paul, this song was very successful in Argentina.


  10. Dave Says:

    Thanks for this Paul, one of my absolute favorites of the 80s.
    I only managed to find the 12″ on a bootleg CD. I especially like the extended intro.
    I bet your next “release” will be Cold Dresses :))


  11. Karsten Says:

    Great! This was my First 12″ Single back in the good old Days, when i was 13 Years old.
    Thank You for the Memory

    Greetings from Germany


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