Ever have one of those songs that just worms its way into your head and it won’t leave? Back in the spring of 1986, a song was being played all over pop radio that did just that. It didn’t help that the video was all over MTV too. From the first hearing, I dug this song, and for the next five months, it wouldn’t leave. Listening to it this past weekend brought all that back to me again.
That song was “Your Love” by the Outfield, and it’s today’s 80’s Mania Monday song.
That song proved to be the biggest hit for the British trio of Tony Lewis, John Spinks and Alan Jackman. In fact, the band actually was more popular here in the U.S. than they were back in England. The single rose all the way to #6 on the Billboard Hot 100, and pushed their debut album, Play Deep to sales of over 3 million copies. A second single from the album “All The Love In The World,” also hit the top 20.
Unfortunately, that would be the high point for the band. They soldiered on through the rest of the 80’s and into the early 90’s, but nothing made it as big as “Your Love.” Jackman left the band after their third album, Voices Of Babylon, but returned in 2009. Lewis and Spinks continued as a duo in the interim, and then recruited session drummer Simon Dawson to become the third member. Spinks passed away in 2014, and the band broke up for good.
Was this a song that stuck in your head from the moment you heard it? Do you have memories of this one? Tell it all in the comments. As always, thanks for reading and listening.