This is number 33 in my occasional series of 12″ records from the 80s that had an effect on my life.
Written by Chris Hamlin and James Johnstone before Pigbag was formed and produced by Dave Hunt and Dick O’Dell.
Originally released in 1981 in the UK, it failed to chart, but having got into the top 50 in the US, it was re-released in 1982 in the UK and rose to number 3.
Frequently referenced in pop culture, it has been covered by several bands, including a Paul Oakenfold version, renamed to “Reach Up (Papa’s Got a Brand New Pigbag)”.
The original is still the best in my eyes.
Top 50 12 Inches of the 80s What's it all about?
Inspired by all the lists you see on FaceBook saying “Post your favourite albums, but don’t say anything about them…” I thought, hell I’m gonna say a bit about them and why they’re special. As a general rule I have chosen particular extended vinyl versions of the tracks for various reasons, amongst them they extend the length I can listen to them, and they often add extra ambience to the Radio Friendly 7″ version.
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Top 50 12″ Mixes of the 80s – Full list
Legendary US record producer Tom Moulton was probably one of the prime movers in developing 12-inch releases, he had discovered that the 12-inch had vastly superior sound quality, producing grooves perfect for the discotheque. It was music for hedonistic dancers – for metronomic beats, fewer vocals, stripped back instrumentation, slow-fading echo effects, sustains, slow builds in pace and intensity to maximum peaks.
Denise Lasalle – My Toot Toot
A Flock of Seagulls – I Ran
Madonna – Into the Groove (Maxis Maximus Remix)
Bronski Beat – Smalltown Boy (Extended)
Kim Wilde – Cambodia + Reprise
Number 43 in an occasional series of reviews of my favourite 80s […]