Single Of The Week 19/11/98

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.

All My Love
Renee Geyer

Perceptions of Renee Geyer tend to be highly tied to individual decades. In the 70s, she's associated with raunchy blues singing and occasional ballads such as 'Stares And Whispers'. In the 80s, she's basically tied to her mega-hit 'Say I Love You'. The 90s perception is rather similar to the 70s perception, except that the word 'legend' now needs to be used and Paul Kelly needs to get a mention.

Now, I'm not one to mess with people's perceptions, but I have to confess that this brief summary does tend to leave out what I find one of the more memorable moments of Renee's career (apart from her cameo on Sweet & Sour, playing a railway waitress): her 1985 single 'All My Love', lifted from that year's album Sing To Me.

Produced by man-of-the-moment Ricky Fataar, 'All My Love' is the kind of song you could never assume came from any period other than 1984-86. It's awash with boppy synth chords, multitracked vocal echoes, a poppy chorus and one of those slightly messy endings where everything cuts off abruptly in an echo chamber. The single cover also has those gridlines everyone used to use on record sleeves back in those days and no-one would be caught dead with.

Because Geyer was only with WEA for this one album, this song (and the other single, 'Every Day Of The Week', written by Tim Finn) never get included on Geyer greatest hits compilations. And that's a pity. However, I guess I've resigned myself to the fact by now, and at least I've recently managed to get a copy of Sing To Me on CD.

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