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Thursday, November 29, 2007

Blowing It All Sky High

It's rare when D'luv gets the chance to read Pop Justice, mostly because I've got my own pop injustice to deal with, but I was surprised to take a looksee and read that the folks there claim they'd never heard of Jigsaw's classic dance jam "Sky High" before, and that they think someone should cover it or sample it.

Goodness! Are there a pack of kiddies running that joint these days? How could the mighty PJ forget the super-rad 1994 Mike Stock/Matt Aitken-produced version by Newton -- one of the higher-profile releases on Stock's Love This label, which got to a whopping #78 on the U.K. chart? Or its re-release a year later (#56)? And then it's re-re-release the next year (#76)? (Christ! No wonder that label sunk into a Tube line.)

On the heels of the success of NIcki French and "Total Eclipse Of The Heart," Love This even saw "Sky High" get a U.S. release in 1995.

Anyway, here are two of the videos shot for the Newton versions.

Newton went on to have a decent-sized hit in Australia and the U.K. in 1997 with a cover of "Sometimes When We Touch." The same-titled album, which includes "Sky High," is available on iTunes.

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  • At 2:53 AM, Blogger Tricky said…

    Totally am with you on this one. I actually e-mailed Peter Robinson the MP3 of this song, which shimmers like a pure white diamond (!) on my iTunes, unplayed and unloved, till their "song of the day" thing reminded me.

    Yes, I do think the place is run by 12-year-olds, heavily hungover, with pale, skinny limbs, a constant odour of nicotine and with one large, ill-advised tattoo in a hard-to-find body part. What they're doing in Chelsea rather than Shoreditch I do not know. They of course love their pop, but, downside: they're missing a whole lotta history. And we're not even talking about the '80s! This was 1994/5!

  • At 9:42 AM, Anonymous John said…

    I had the cassette single of this when it came out, and I wore that thing OUT! I'm getting a warm and fuzzy just listening to the video right now (watching it is a little painful), and I am about to hunt down the song on iTunes. Good grief...am I that much of a pop music geek?

  • At 11:21 AM, Anonymous All Out of Orangutan said…

    Aww snap! I loved Newton! I had all of his singles and even (oh the shame) the Japanese pressing of his CD. And thinking back, a sweet transexual DJ at a little Asian gay bar was the first person to play "Sky High" for me. My ChartRigger is getting me all nostalgic today...

    & According to this thread over on the Almighty Records board http://www.almightyrecords.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=3434 Newton's signed to a new label and working on new material.

  • At 11:59 AM, Anonymous Sometimes When We Orangutan said…

    And whilst going through my mp3s listening to the Jigsaw's original "Sky High" from '75, the 1989 PWL mix of Jigsaw's "Sky High," and Newton's "Sky High" I realized that there's actually an even more recent version, a rather snazzy remix Almighty did of the Jigsaw version in 2005.

  • At 12:30 PM, Blogger J'ason D'luv said…

    Tricky, you make me wanna holla!

    John and Newt-angutan, I might as well chip in my "Sky High" story... I found the cassette single at the record store (Vibes) on my university campus. I popped it in my walkman on the way to Radio Production class and played it on repeat standing outside in the hallway about 6 times before we all realized the professor wasn't gonna show up for class that day.

    The cover art for the American release was so....non-existent!

    Anyway, I always loved the tune, and replaced it with the CD maxi single a month or so later. I like the version on the original release (the one that sounds like the faster version of "Total Eclipse Of The Heart," or the one in the first video above) better than the slower piano intro one -- which unfortunately is the one on iTunes.

    Two years later, while I was still in Pennsylvania, I saw that "Sometimes When We Touch" was a big hit in Australia, and made my friend from high school who was living in L.A. at this point go to the Virgin Megastore and buy me the CD single for that one, too.

  • At 3:34 PM, Blogger Carlbob said…

    Damn excited to read this post about one of The Best Gay Dancefloor Songs de nos jours (and earlier jours). Me and my mates try and get it played at most clubs we go to, but inevitably it's only really the tackier (a.k.a. best) that come up trumps and play it.

    Used to be a banker to get played on request at the Two Brewers in Clapham High Street but they've got a bit sniffy about it now...

    Why did it have to stop?

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  • At 8:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Got a little inside info for you. Des Dyer (Jigsaw) was actually working for the label at the time. He did the vocal for it.


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