Posted by DjPaulT on November 19th, 2015
BURNING THE GROUND EXCLUSIVE 1985
“Boy” is the title of the 1985 debut single by the American synthpop band Book of Love. The song was included on the band’s eponymous debut album Book of Love in 1986.
Although the song failed to reach the Billboard Hot 100 chart, it did make the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart, where it peaked at no. 7 in April 1985.
“Boy” was written by band member Theodore (“Ted”) Ottaviano and features a prominent tubular bells melody. The band secured a recording contract when the demo of the song was given to DJ/producer Ivan Ivan, who then passed it along to Seymour Stein of Sire Records.
The song is also notable for its uncommon (in a mainstream pop song of its time) subject matter, describing the frustrations of a woman who likes “a boy who likes boys”. The lyrical content, however, is veiled and suggestive rather than overt and explicit, presumably due to the unease surrounding homosexuality in some circles of US culture in the mid-1980s.
In 1985, a rare Australian promotional video was shot for the single. On May 21, 1985, the song was featured on American Bandstand’s rate-a-record segment. Up against B.E. Taylor Group’s “Reggae Rock & Roll”, “Boy” won the competition with the score of 84.
Boy (Extended Mix) 4:28
Boy (Dub) 5:01
Boy (7″) 3:02
Book Of Love 4:34
Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint
U.S. CHART HISTORY:
|1985||Boy||U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play||#7|
Label: Sire – 0-20299
Format: Vinyl, 12″, Maxi-Single, 45 RPM
Art Direction – Studio Zed, Zoë Brotman
Bells – Ted Ottaviano
Cover [Cover Concept] – Book Of Love, Zoë Brotman
Drums – Jade Lee
Engineer – Steve Peck
Keyboards – Lauren Roselli, Ted Ottaviano
Lead Vocals – Susan Ottaviano
Mastered By – Herbie Jr.*
Producer – Ivan Ivan
Written-By – Theodore Ottaviano*
Recorded and mixed at Unique Recording, NYC
Mastered at Frankford Wayne, NYC.
Find the 12″ on DISCOGS
Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut Carbon (DC)
Cartridge: Ortofon 2M
Stylus: Ortofon OM Stylus 30
Platter: Pro-Ject Acryl-It platter
Stabilizer: Pro-Ject Record Puck
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 Removal: Manual
FLAC/MP3 Conversion: dBpoweramp
M3U Playlist: Playlist Creator
All vinyl rips are recorded @ 32bit/float
FLAC (Level Eight)
Artwork scanned at 600dpi
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