Sunday, October 7, 2007

Nick Kamen - Loving You (1988)


As Paul Simon put it, "every generation throws a hero up the pop charts". Fortunately for us retro pop aficionados, it also throws up a clutch of reassuringly talent-free loafers who somehow manage to parlay five minutes of fame into a hit record. Take, for example, Nick Kamen, who found fame in 1985 by literally taking off his trousers in a laundromat for a Levi's commercial. Next thing you know, he has a top ten hit Each Time You Break My Heart, co-produced by Madonna and Stephen Bray. In retrospect not a bad dance track at all, the single was also remixed by Shep Pettibone. Nick had one more solid chart hit, Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever which could also have been titled "I Can't Believe I'm Getting Paid To Do This - Again!" and sure enough after an album and a few more releases with diminishing returns, Nick left the pop scene in the early 90's. The album I'm featuring today, Loving You, is a mixture of some new songs and the best songs from his first two albums, several of which are remixed.

Nick Kamen - Loving You (1988)
  1. Oh What a Night
  2. Miss You
  3. Each Time You Break My Heart (Shep Pettibone Mix)
  4. Better Be Good Tonight
  5. Come Softly To Me (12" Version)
  6. Win Your Love (The Love Mix)
  7. Don’t Hold Out
  8. Lonely Boy
  9. Bring Me Your Love (Extended Mix)
  10. After Tonight
  11. Tell Me (Extended Mix)
  12. Loving You is Sweeter Than Ever (Extended Dance Mix)
There's a couple of dedicated websites out there. is the more current with some attrractive touches. is older but also has a whole page of downloadable remixes. There's also the obligatory Wikipedia page and an unofficial MySpace page.

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