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Alison Moyet – Weak in the Presence of Beauty (US 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on January 30th, 2015

BURNING THE GROUND EXCLUSIVE 1987

Sleeve

Side A

“Weak in the Presence of Beauty” is a song written by Michael Ward and Rob Clarke which was first released by their band, the British soul and jazz-influenced pop group Floy Joy, in 1986. The song was later covered by singer Alison Moyet in 1987 and became a hit for her.

Over the last decade, Moyet has revealed that the song was only recorded as she knew it would be a hit single, and that she is not actually fond of the song at all. To promote her 2004 album Voice, Moyet appeared on This Morning. On the show the introductory clip used was a snippet of the song’s music video. Immediately after Phillip Schofield commented “You just said you hate that song? Why’d you hate that song?” Moyet stated “Oh, because I know how cynical I was being when I recorded it. I recorded it ’cause I knew it was a hit rather than the fact that I loved it, and that will teach me, you know? You have a massive hit with something you’re not particularly fond of, and it’s not a good feeling.” Schofield added “Of course it’s gonna haunt you forever then.” Moyet stated “Oh yeah it does, you know?”

In an interview by Ian Wade for The Quietus in May 2013, Wade had commented “You seem much happier that you have fuller control over everything.” Moyet mentioned the song in her response, where she stated “What I must say is that it’s sometimes very easy to sit there and rescind responsibility, but sometimes I couldn’t be arsed. That’s the truth of it. We can all make the right choices, but sometimes we’re just too lazy to. And sometimes I was just too lazy to do it myself. “Love Letters” and “Weak in the Presence of Beauty” – neither song I enjoy now – they’re both my fault. I found them. That was when I was feeling smart, thinking that I knew what a hit was – I don’t know what’s a fucking hit! But they were hits, and now I’m forever to fucking sing them years later!”

In a June 2013 interview by Chi Ming Lai for The Electricity Club, Moyet spoke of the song and her reason for recording the track. Lai asked “Was that the same circumstances when you released “Love Letters” after the success of “Raindancing”?” Moyet replied “Love Letters” was me shooting myself in the foot! That was me being a show-off! That was me showing I had an A&R thing… “oh, I know what a hit is”! I did that twice, I did it with that and with “Weak in the Presence of Beauty”! Two times that I recorded songs knowing they were hits as opposed to the fact I loved them! I say that honestly, that’s the only time I’ve ever recorded anything cynically!”

“Weak In The Presence Of Beauty” failed to chart in the US but was a top ten hit in the UK peaking at #6. The song also charted in several other countries, Ireland #4, New Zealand #7, Norway #4 and #9 in France.

SIDE A:
Weak In The Presence Of Beauty (Extended Remix) 6:07
Mixed By – Scott Litt

SIDE B:
Weak In The Presence Of Beauty (Single Version) 3:40
Mixed By – Scott Litt

To Work On You 4:16

VINYL GRADE:
Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint

RELEASE INFORMATION:
Label: Columbia ‎– 44 06940
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 33 ⅓ RPM
Country: US
Released: 1987
Genre: Electronic
Style: Synth-pop

CREDITS:
Producer – Jimmy Iovine
Producer [Associate] – Mike Shipley

NOTES:
Special versions from the LP “RAINDANCING”

Find the 12″ On DISCOGS

Side B

EQUIPMENT USED:
Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut III
Cartridge: Ortofon Super
Stylus: Ortofon OM Stylus 30
Platter: Pro-Ject Acryl-It platter
Stabilizer: Pro-Ject Record Puck 
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

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

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

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32 Responses to “Alison Moyet – Weak in the Presence of Beauty (US 12″)”

  1. cdman Says:

    lo mejor para el final!!!
    abrazo y buen fin de semana Paul

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you Cdman the best for last 🙂 Have a nic eweekend 🙂

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  2. NKelly Says:

    Thanks for the week of Moyet! Awesome

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Neil 🙂

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  3. Stefano Says:

    El final? I hope not. Please say that we continuing with Alison next week, Paul.
    Have a nice weekend!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    We might have to have a part 2 at some point as I get more Alison singles in my collection so far I have posted everything solo that I have.

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    Stefano Reply:

    Check.
    Thanks for this first series, awesome. You are making lots of BTG’ers very happy, but especially this week.

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  4. peter Says:

    Thanks for this one, too.
    It would be great if you could also rip the original Floy Joy 12” version. Have you got it?

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Peter maybe for a future post 🙂

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  5. woz Says:

    Thank you! I enjoy her voice immensely.

    The original version of this song was used in the film Modern Girls. If you have not seen it, try to find it and watch it. It has a fantastic soundtrack and contains lots of good old 80s nightlife culture and fashion.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Woz. I have never seen that movie I will have to try and find it. The soundtrack looks great. Have a nice weekend 🙂

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  6. Isaiah Says:

    Alison telling it like it is – very interesting post… thanks!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Isaiah 🙂

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  7. Jeff Says:

    Paul, thank you so very much for this MEGA-MOYET Week!! I’ve loved everyday so very much. Actually, I wasn’t very well versed in the 12-inch versions, so this was an unbelievable gift to me. And all those fantastic passionate comments from your readers. They’re just the best. I adore how we’re all united with our love for so many different artists. Gratitude for starting this place Paul and for all of your talents to make dreams come true.

    Have the best weekend!!

    Jeff

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Jeff. Hope that you have a wonderful weekend 🙂

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  8. Wolfe Says:

    paul!!!! Ur making Wolfie weak from all this howwwwwwwling xxx lol

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    drink plenty of water Wolfe lol 🙂

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  9. Piffard Says:

    I’m speachless.

    Thanks you soooooooooooooo Much!!!!!!!

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  10. Omar Says:

    Thank you Paul once again!

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  11. Todd Says:

    Lovely work Paul! Thanks very much.

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  12. Spring Says:

    Awww..)) Thank you Paul!

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  13. André Says:

    I’m going to have a fab weekend listening to the fantastic Alison Moyet remixes you’ve so generously posted this week, Paul! Thank you! Looking forward to Part 2 when you get the chance!

    Have a good one.

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  14. Ezequiel Says:

    Paul, I have to say that I learned a lot this week, not only with my ears, but reading your entertaining anecdotes about Alison too. I smiled more than several times reading the BTG’s friends devolutions. I love your site.

    Million hugs.

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  15. ric Says:

    Thanks Paul indeed, for an excellent week of Alison!
    Quite sad to read that she didn’t enjoy those two singles of hers. But I’m sure it’s not unique to her. Most artists would loathe performing certain songs in their catalogues. It’s just quite ironic and maybe even funny that a performer sings a song on stage while feeling nothing but dread or loathe, and we audience are lapping it all up lovingly. LOL!
    Looking forward to your Part 2 of Alf in the future!
    It’s been quite the thrilling first half!
    Thank you!

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  16. wolfie Says:

    ”Weak In The Presence Of Paulllllleeeeeeeeeeeee” lol x

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  17. Dirk Says:

    Good choice to indicate Moyet’s feelings about some songs. I just love it when some artists take the spotlight to point out some of their own truths, even when it means spoiling the very same glamour with it. Like going to a toilet in an amusementpark and running into the main attraction with t.p. out of his suit. You know – but more glamourous ofcourse – it’s Pop 😉

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  18. DanaDotCom Says:

    Forget the remix, love this b-side! Thanks DjPaulT! It’s been almost 30 years since I last heard it. “Weak In The Presence Of Beauty” has always been of my Top Fives from Alison, but I’ve always thought that it’s best represented in its compact 7″ version. Those 2 extra minutes just bog down the buoyancy of the song for me. She also improved upon the Floy Joy original by galaxies.

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  19. Dean Says:

    One of AM’s best singles. Thank you for sharing!

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  20. Michael Says:

    thank you so much for this 12″! 🙂

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  21. Mark Z Says:

    Hey, Paul! Thanks for sharing these amazing mixes – here in Australia, we only had the 1st 12″ singles from the albums, so these remixes (from the 2nd 12″s) are a revelation! Next time you turn to Ms Moyet, please consider the original 12″ versions of Love Resurrection / All Cried Out / Invisible, just so the ‘Alf’ period is complete (oh, and the extended re-make of ‘Only You’, which was never even released here!) Hugs!

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  22. Michael Says:

    Any chance for “For You Only (Extended New Version)” 6:14 minutes?

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  23. Jason Says:

    Thank you very much Paul.

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