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Bim – Romance (UK 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on March 10th, 2017


Obscure New Wave Classic!

“Romance” is a 1981 New Wave single by U.K. band Bim. The band released several singles in the early 80s and one album titled Boobams Out! on Swerve Records. After the band fell into obscurity Lead vocalist Cameron McVey went on to work with such musicians as Massive Attack, Portishead, All Saints, Sugababes, Mutya Keisha Siobhan and his wife Neneh Cherry.

McVey was also the second half of the duo Morgan/McVey who released one single in 1986 titled Looking Good Diving, widh was produced by Stock Aitkin Waterman. The song was re-worked for Neneh Cherry and titled Buffalo Stance.

The photo on the front cover is lead vocalist Cameron McVey.

Romance (Extended Version) 7:57

Gift Of Time 6:17

Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint

Label: Swerve Records – SKID 002 T
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 45 RPM
Country: UK
Released: 1981
Genre: Electronic
Style: New Wave, Synth-pop

Arranged By – Bim (tracks: B)
Producer – Jeff Dexter (tracks: A), Laurie Latham
Remix – Laurie Latham (tracks: B)


Bim Are:
Cameron McVey: Vocals
Steve Street: Bass and Percussion
Brian Wren: Drums and Percussion
Andy Harley: Keyboards
Bobby Henr: Guitars

Find the 12″ on DISCOGS

Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut Carbon (DC)
Cartridge: Ortofon 2M
Stylus: Ortofon 2M Bronze
Isolation: Auralex Acoustics ISO-Tone Turntable Isolation Platform
Platter: Pro-Ject Acryl-It platter
Stabilizer: Pro-Ject Record Puck 
Phono Pre-amp:
Bellari VP130 Tube Phono Preamp
Tung-Sol 12AX7ECC803-S Gold Electron Tube
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)
MP3 (320kbps)
Artwork scanned at 600dpi

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14 Responses to “Bim – Romance (UK 12″)”

  1. Jeff Says:

    Not sure I know this one Paul, but I can’t tell you enough how much I’m excited about it. You really have the knack for getting hold of the best New Wave classics!! This has been a banner week for me Paul. Thanks again for this thrilling dedication you have for spotting and presenting some of the best music ever recorded. I love that we share the same musical sensibilities!

    You have a fantastic weekend!!!



    DjPaulT Reply:

    I can’t wait for you to listen to this one Jeff I think you will like it. This is another one of my favorites. Love the sleeve too 🙂


    Jeff Reply:

    I can’t begin to tell you how much I LOVE THIS SONG!! This is my kind of music….DEFINITELY!!! You have the best tastes Paul and I’m so excited that I have a new favorite track!!



  2. Daniel Says:

    Thanks Paul, you’re amazing! This is another great discovery for me. There has been a lot of it lately. Keep on bringing these great rarities. Have a great weekend.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    I am so excited that you like it Daniel I really value what my readers like 🙂


  3. Richard the Big Bunny Says:

    Fantastic! I’ve never heard this … but I like it.


    [*wiggles his retro bunny stuff*]

    I’ve met Booga Bear (Cameron McVey) … and I didn’t even recognise him on this cover!

    Yoof, eh?



    DjPaulT Reply:

    Glad you like it Richard. I’s nice to see someone else who knows about Cameron 🙂


  4. Omar Says:

    Never heard of them Paul , but I quite like it. Love the way you put out some obscure stuff that we’ve perhaps not even heard of and end up loving it. Can u post more things like Bourgie Bourgie, Seona Dancing and Of course Private Lives. Thanks a million.


    John Reply:

    Seona Dancing, their singer was Ricky Gervais, who is more well known as a comedian,especially his character David Brent. Ricky’s latest film Life on the Road, proves he’s still a good singer, and great on guitar.

    Seona Dancing Discography:

    More to Lose” b/w “You’re on My Side” (7″, 12″)1983.
    Bitter Heart” b/w “Tell Her” (7″, 12″)1983.


  5. Jeff Says:

    I have to add another comment Paul (which you know I very much like to do!): Because of all these new songs and such, it so reminds me of the days when, back in the early 1980’s, a radio station from Philadelphia, called i92 “The Rock of the 80″s” was very much the east coast’s answer to KROQ out in California. I was so exposed to all this new and exciting stuff I never heard of before and, because of them, certain songs became my ultimate favorites. You do that for me now and that’s why I’m forever in your debt. PLUS, you care about the final product that goes into my ears and all of your loving fans’ ears too!! We are so fortunate. Our, patron saint, “Saint Rip”, our DjPaulT!! You bedazzle us with so many greats, the ones we know and adore, to the new ones that become a part of our collective hearings. You are absolutely a gift and a miracle.

    Many kudos to you dear Paul!!!



  6. wolfie Says:

    OH MY GOD! Wolfie just wee wee’d a little lol xx


  7. Paul Says:

    Never heard of these guys, but what an amazing single! Many thanks.


  8. John Says:

    Very catchy tune Paul, reminds me a bit of Duran Duran’s Electric Barbarella.
    The 80’s sure had the best tracks, and it’s great that you post the full length versions and not edited cuts, that appear on many expanded editions, these days.
    I use to have many 12″ singles, but replaced them with CD’s (big mistake).
    Have you got Max Q – Sometimes (Land Of Oz Mix), released in 1989.


  9. Dana Says:

    Wow! A real gem. Thanks for diggin’ up & posting.

    Not only did McVey go on to work with (and marry) Neneh Cherry, his original song “Looking Good Diving with the Wild Bunch” (as part of the duo Morgan-McVey) would subsequently become Cherry’s hit “Buffalo Stance.”

    Bim’s Stephen Street would go on to produce two of the biggest UK acts of their eras – The Smiths (and Morrisey) and Blur.

    AND Bim’s single “Blind Lead The Blind” was produced by Mick Jones of The Clash.

    Quite a history for an unknown band.


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