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Irene Cara – Fame (Special Mix) (Netherlands 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on December 6th, 2013


A. Front

Side 1


Re-Rip Newly Remastered!

Originally I posted this one on July 6, 2011. But for those who may have missed it or if you are a new reader just discovering BTG. I decided to give this one a new rip with my newer Ortofon Super 30 stylus. This 12″ is also being posted in 24 bit flac for the very first time!

“Fame” is a pop song, written by Michael Gore (music) and Dean Pitchford (lyrics) that was released in 1980, and achieved chart success as the theme song to the Fame film and TV series. The song was performed by Irene Cara, who played the role of Coco Hernandez in the original movie. It won the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1980, and the Golden Globe Award for the same.

“Fame” rose to number four on the Billboard Hot 100 in August 1980. It also reached number one on the Billboard dance chart for one week. The song was not released in the United Kingdom until 1982, so it would coincide with the UK premiere of the Fame television series. It hit number one in the UK Singles Chart for three weeks.

This rare 12″ contains a special mix by Disconet remixer Ed Smith and is exclusive to this release.

Fame (Special Mix) 7:38
Remix – Ed Smith*

Fame (Extended Version) 5:12
Hot Lunch Jam 4:09

Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint


Year Single Chart Position
1980 Fame U.S. Billboard Hot 100 #4
1980 Fame U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play #1


Label: RSO – 810 724-1
Format: Vinyl, 12″, Maxi-Single, 45 RPM
Country: Netherlands
Released: 1980
Genre: Electronic
Style: Disco
Credits: Producer – Michael Gore

A: Special mix made by Ed Smith of Disconet
From the original soundtrack “FAME”

Find The 12″ On DISCOGS

Side 2

Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut III
Cartridge: Ortofon Super
Stylus: Ortofon OM Stylus 30
Platter: Pro-Ject Acryl-It platter
Speed Control: Pro-Ject Speed Box S
Phono Pre-amp: Bellari VP130 Tube Phono Preamp
Tube: Tung-Sol 12AX7ECC803-S Gold Electron Tube
Soundcard: ESI Juli@
Record Cleaning: VPI HW 16.5 Record Cleaning Machine
Artwork Scans: Brother MFC-6490CW Professional Series Scanner

Recording/Editing: Adobe Audition 3.0 (Recording)
Down Sampling: iZotope RX Advanced 2
Artwork Editor: Adobe Photoshop CS5
Click Removeal: ClickRepair (DeClick Level 3)
FLAC/MP3 Conversion: dBpoweramp
M3U Playlist: Playlist Creator

All vinyl rips are recorded @ 32bit/float
FLAC (Level Eight)
MP3 (320kbps)
Artwork scanned at 600dpi

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19 Responses to “Irene Cara – Fame (Special Mix) (Netherlands 12″)”

  1. ex15 Says:

    I wish they wouldn’t use the term “special remix” LOL…(It’s so ambiguous)..

    Thanks Paul..


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Ex15 🙂


    Goatlips Reply:

    Do you know anything about the 8:43 ‘Fama’ version?: https://www.discogs.com/Irene-Cara-Fama-Fame/release/1632002

    Is it sung in Spanish?


    Goatlips Reply:

    …I think there were 3 different colored vinyls, red, green, white – for the flag of Mexico.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    No it’s not in Spanish it’s just the Mexico release of the single. Mexico often released vinyl on multiple colors of vinyl.


    Goatlips Reply:

    Does added length = more fun? I haven’t heard the 8:43 version. Not sure I like non-black vinyl. I had the blue & white marbled vinyl copy of ‘Victim Of Love’ by Erasure and it was hissier than a bag of angry serpents! https://www.discogs.com/Erasure-Victim-Of-Love-Limited-Edition-Remix/release/448090#images/3518758


  2. Mike Says:

    Thanks, Paul! Love the beginning of the special mix.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Mike 🙂


  3. ric Says:

    Thanks for another fab re-rip, Paul!
    This should more FAME-ous than a #4 peak in the US. The UK got it right for this one, despite being two years’ late. LOL!
    In 1982, it was the year of FAME-mania in the UK. The single sold over 860,000 copies and ended the year at #2 (only behind million-seller C’mon Eileen) and the decade at #17.
    The Kids From Fame TV Soundtrack also ranked the same on the Long-Play list, selling over 1 million copies to achieve that.
    One of the few elite multi-winners, Irene Cara would be involved in another Oscar winner three years later for Flashdance.
    Co-writer and Producer Michael Gore is actually Lesley “It’s My Party” Gore’s brother.
    The siblings would team up for the follow-up to Fame, Irene Cara’s Out Here On My Own.
    Happy weekend, Paul!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Wow Ric did not know that Lesley Gore had a hand in Fame. Very interesting I love learning these new facts. If I am ever on the Jeopardy game show and they ask who Michael Gore was I will know the answer 🙂


    DLG Reply:

    An additional factoid – Michael Gore later was nominated for an Oscar for his soundtrack for Terms of Endearment.

    The main theme was a pretty instrumental ballad, and was released as a single. It reached #5 on the Adult Contemporary chart, and #86 on the Hot 100 in 1984. (I remember my a family member had the music sheets for that one.)


  4. Stefano Says:

    Superb re-rip! Nice to have this one back and working on your blog.
    There a still some really great 12 inches left to get the same re-rip treatment. Streisand, Pat Benatar, Foreigner, to name a few.
    Your blog with all these vinyl transfers done in Paulity is becoming an important archive by now. You can be proud on yourself Paul! A huge accomplishment!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you Stefano I got several donations and emails to re-rip this one so it had top priority over the others. But I will get to the nearly 300 or so others that need re-ripped eventually lol.


  5. joanne Says:

    love this! thanks for sharing 🙂


  6. Jermajesty Says:

    Thanks Paul.

    Did you know Debbie Allen (Lydia the dance teacher) had an ill-received attempt at a solo career as the tail end of the 80s?

    There’s a 12″ version of her single Special Look that I think you would like, or perhaps you have it?? (please post if so!!)


  7. Andrew (was Adam) Says:

    When this was released there was a whole bunch of complaints to the BBC that this wasn’t the girl who sang it on the TV Show.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vNJtwFtmlz8 [sounds fuzzy though]
    THAT’S why it charted later !
    It was re-issued to cash in on the TV programs popularity.
    I saw Irene Cara in a club once and she was ‘beyond’ terrible.


  8. Gina Says:

    Seriously, I have been singing this non-stop for the past week. Amazing re-rip, Paul.


  9. Chris Says:

    Thank you Paul.


  10. Gersham Hayden Weekes Says:


    Do you have the 7-inch version of Irene Cara’s “Fame”


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