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Mel & Kim – Respectable (US 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on December 29th, 2015

BURNING THE GROUND EXCLUSIVE 1987

A. Front

“Respectable” is a Mel and Kim song written and produced by Stock/Aitken/Waterman that became a UK number one single for one week in March 1987. It was the second UK number one single produced by Stock/Aitken/Waterman, following Dead or Alive’s “You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)” in 1985, and the first UK number one single that Stock/Aitken/Waterman had written themselves. The single also topped the charts in Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Finland, Australia and New Zealan in 1987. The single was also a #1 dance hit in the United States.

SIDE A:
Respectable (Vocal / Club Mix)

SIDE B:
Respectable (The Tabloid Mix)
Remix – Mix Master Phil Harding*

VINYL GRADE:
Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint

U.S. CHART HISTORY:

Year Single Chart Position
1987 Respectable U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play #1

 

RELEASE INFORMATION:
Label: Atlantic ‎– 0-86703, Supreme Records (3) ‎– 0-86703
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 33 ⅓ RPM
Country: US
Released: 1987
Genre: Electronic
Style: Electro, Euro House, Garage House

CREDITS:
Producer, Arranged By – Stock Aitken Waterman*

NOTES:
From the LP “F.L.M.”

Find the 12″ on DISCOGS

B. Back

EQUIPMENT USED:
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

SOFTWARE USED:
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

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

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20 Responses to “Mel & Kim – Respectable (US 12″)”

  1. David Says:

    Thank you for this! So hard to find this in the picture sleeve, never understood why it was limited. Great mixes, too!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome David. The picture sleeve is pretty rare usually you find the company sleeve with a hype sticker.

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  2. OMAR Says:

    Thanks Paul.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Omar 🙂

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  3. wolfie Says:

    Love this!!!! Thank you paul – hope ur having a fab time xxx

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Wolfie. Having a great time hope you are as well 🙂

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  4. Junior Says:

    Great memories of this S.A.W production. I loved the music video to this single too.

    Thanks Paul 🙂

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  5. malcolm Says:

    It always amuses me when music is described as “Garage House” to distinguish it from “UK Garage”, or even “Garage Rock”. I know what you mean by this phrase, but when I was younger “Garage House” was just “Garage”, & “House” was just that, “House”, being named after their respective styles, originating from their respective locations, namely, the “Warehouse” & the “Paradise Garage”… So why don’t people call it “Paradise Garage” ???

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thanks for your comment Malcolm. Very interesting 🙂

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  6. Gilbert Says:

    One of my favorite PWL acts. Missing them both after all this years. Mel passed away January 18, 1990. Thank for his one.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    I did not know that Mel had passed away. Very sad.

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  7. NKelly Says:

    This is awesome. Always loved Mel and Kim. Many thanks and best wishes to you Paul, at this time of year!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Neil 🙂 Happy 2016!

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  8. Jermajesty Says:

    Bought this when it came out! Didn’t realise it got to number one though. I think it’s one of the few SAW written tracks that still stands up without relying too much on the kitsch/camp/novelty factor. The Kylie/Jason/Astley output that followed have none of the integrity found in this track.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    I agree with you Jermajesty. This one and “You Spin Me Round” by Dead Or Alive are the only two SAW singles to reach #1.

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    David Reply:

    In a twist of irony, (the Alanis Morrisette kind of irony, probably), “Respectable” and several other songs on Mel & Kim’s FLM album were written by SAW for Dead Or Alive’s “Nude” album. Pete Burns hated the songs (or, at least the idea of singing someone else’s songs) so much he fired SAW and he & Dead Or Alive produced the album on their own.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Very interesting David. I would have loved to hear DOS do this track and the others. While I was recording this 12″ I thought it sounded a lot like something on the “Nude” album. Thanks for letting me know something that I had no clue about.

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    David Reply:

    You’re welcome! Ever since I first heard that bit of trivia, I’ve been trying to figure out which OTHER Mel & Kim songs were written with DOA in mind; this is really the only one I could imagine being even close to right for Pete.

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  9. archiefax Says:

    I can’t believe while I’ve been offline my all-time eighties favourite has been uploaded!!!

    Interesting to hear that some of the songs on the FLM album were written for DOA… to be quite honest, I really can’t imagine Pete Burns recording any of the FLM tracks. The style is so wrong for Pete and the kind of sound DOA had at the time… at least I now know why Pete parted company with SAW.

    I still remember the day I was at work and heard over the radio that Mel Appleby had lost her fight with cancer. It was so sad.

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  10. AntBee Says:

    Thank you, Paul, loved this song back in the day!

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