Single Of The Week
Single Of The Week is where I review a single I'm particularly enamoured of at the moment. It might be a brand spanking new release, or a classic from decades past that I just feel like going on about.

SELECTED 30/07/02

Only For Love

I saw Limahl live in concert earlier this year. Yes, I can type that sentence without blushing. He was one of the acts appearing at the Butlins Sound Of The '80s weekend which I've written about elsewhere.

However, despite being on stage for over an hour, he didn't manage to perform 'Only For Love', his first ever solo single and one of just two he managed to place on the UK chart under his own name. Admittedly the other -- 'Never Ending Story' -- was a much bigger hit and an obvious inclusion, but there were other acts on the bill who hadn't even managed a #16 hit, which is what 'Only For Love' was.

Ultimately, this wasn't a judgement on the quality of the song (quite acceptable mid-tempo pop). Limahl's entire act these days is based on covering well-known 80s tracks, whether they were his or someone else's. The only tracks which he originally sang that get a look in are the aforementioned 'Never Ending Story' and (naturally) 'Too Shy', the breakthrough hit for Kajagoogoo which can't be legally referred to without mentioning the production role played by Duran Duran's Nick Rhodes.

While I'd rather hear Nik Kershaw sing 'I Won't Let The Sun Go Down On Me' than Limahl, he generally made a pretty good fist of things. And given that he was playing at an 80s weekend, it made a lot more sense than the Nolans 70s tribute medley I'd sat through the night before.

While I didn't purchase this picture disc until sometime in the mid-1990s, the 'Only For Love' video was on the first compilation tape I put together from episodes of Countdown, and it's had a curious appeal ever since. It can be had on CD with reasonable ease on various Kajagoogoo/Limahl compilations, should you be curious. And no, he doesn't have that haircut anymore.

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