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Al Corley – Square Rooms (German 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on 18th April 2012


“Square Rooms” is a Europop song recorded by American singer, actor and producer Al Corley. It was the first single from his album of the same name. First released in 1984, the song was a hit in some European countries and had a moderate success in the United States in 1985.

After two seasons playing one of the first gay leading characters an American TV series, Dynasty, Al Corley left the nighttime soap opera to become a singer. With Harold Faltermeyer and Peter John Woods, he composed the text of his first song, “Square Rooms.”

The media-savvy singer affected the brooding look and attitude popular among pop stars and GQ models at the time: pouty, dark glances and tousled hair. His choice of image worked best in France, where his television performances elicited the unbridled enthusiasm of teenage girls. However, according to Elia Habib, a French charts specialist, his success was not only based on his physical appearance. Indeed, “Square Rooms”‘ music had a large popular appeal and had a production designed for the dance floor. It was produced and composed by the German musician Harold Faltermeyer, who had previously arranged “Self Control”, a worldwide pop and dance-floor smash for Laura Branigan in 1984 which featured a similar vocal hook. Faltermeyer would achieve his greatest personal success later the same year, composing, performing and producing the score to Beverly Hills Cop, a 1984 film directed by Martin Brest, including its hit instrumental theme, “Axel F”.

“Square Rooms” was released first in Switzerland, where it was a hit, peaking at number six on October 21, 1984, and staying in the top 30 for ten weeks. The single debuted at number 47 in the French Singles Chart on January 5, 1985. It climbed quickly and was number one for five nonconsecutive weeks, from March 9 to April 13, 1985. After its peak, it lingered on the charts until its 27th week, on July 20, 1985. The song also achieved success in Italy (number 12), Germany (number 13) and Austria where it reached number 15 in April 1985. “Square Rooms” was released last in Corley’s native U.S., where the single was only a minor pop hit, reaching number 80 on the Hot 100 on June 1, 1985. American dancefloors were more receptive than its airwaves; Corley reached number 26 on the Billboard Dance/Disco chart the week of June 22, 1985.

The 12-inch (long) version includes an entire additional verse prior to the first chorus. This verse is excised in both the single and album versions of the song.

Square Rooms (Long Version) 8:02
Written By – Al Corley, Peter Woods, Harold Faltermeier/Al Corley
Written-By – Al CorleyHarold Faltermeier*, Peter Woods*

Square Rooms (Single Version) 3:40
Written By – Peter Woods, Harold Faltermeier/Al Corley
Written-By – Al CorleyHarold Faltermeier*, Peter Woods*

Don’t Play With Me 4:20
Written-By – Al Corley

Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint


Year Single Chart Position
1985 Square Rooms U.S. Billboard Hot 100 #80
1985 Square Rooms U.S. Billboard Hot Dance/Club Play #26


Label: Mercury – 822 241-1
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 45 RPM, Maxi-Single
Country: Germany
Released: 1984
Genre: Electronic
Style: Synth-pop
Credits: Management – Alex Grob
Producer – Harold Faltermeier*

From the forthcoming LP “AL CORLEY”

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Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut III
Cartridge: Ortofon Super
Stylus: Ortofon OM Stylus 30
Bellari VP130 Tube Phono Preamp
Soundcard: ESI Juli@
VPI HW 16.5 Record Cleaning Machine
Brother MFC-6490CW Professional Series Scanner

Adobe Audition 3.0 (Recording)
Adobe Photoshop CS5
Playlist Creator

All vinyl rips are recorded @ 32bit/float
Downsampled to 24bit/96kHz and16bit /44kHz using iZotope RX Advanced 2
FLAC (Level Eight)
MP3 (320kbps)
Artwork scanned at 600dpi

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