80’s Mania Monday: Stay The Night But Keep It Undercover

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.

38 Replies to “80’s Mania Monday: Stay The Night But Keep It Undercover”

  1. I remember this song. That video- so 80’s! While I don’t have any stand out memories of this song, it definitely takes me back to that time and the funky 80’s sound and style. 🙂

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    1. My East region has a gigantic hole in it! My champ is still in though, thanks to a few calls that went their way.

      I’ve been known to join in when I hear this one too! My girlfriend told me this weekend that this used to be her jam, and that’s what inspired me to write this post.

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      1. Ah Man! Lady G’s in the house. Tracy betta listen up – we’ve turned this into a Tears for Fears party. I’m lovin’ this!!! This Here GIRL – is US BEING PHENOMENAL!!

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  2. The drum-guitar lead-in reminded me of Rick Springfield or maybe Bryan Adams Summer of ’69… but as soon as he started singing, I was transported right back to my Senior Prom in 1986, all ringlet curls and pink taffeta. I recently learned that when you get a song stuck in your head, it’s called an EARWORM. I get them often. 🙂

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    1. Thanks! For that one shining moment…uh…that NCAA tournament reference. Um, yeah. They were great, and that was a great song…I would have thought that they would have had more hits. I also found it surprising that they were more popular here than at home.

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  3. LOL, if I were to make a list of overplayed 80’s songs I’d be perfectly happy never hearing again… this one would be near the top along with “Summer of ’69,” “Don’t Stop Believin'” and “Love Shack!”

    Songs also end up being paired together in my head for strange reasons… and the partner for “Your Love” is Cutting Crew’s “I Just Died In Your Arms”,,,, I guess because they were both big at the same time. I actually like the Cutting Crew song, though…

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    1. Amazingly, I haven’t heard that Cutting Crew song in quite a while; this one, I’ve heard plenty. I can see why it’s on your overplayed 80’s song list! Perhaps another 80’s post with “I Just Died In Your Arms Tonight” is in order…


      1. Both get played quite a bit on the “variety” station I listen to… and I obviously put variety in quotes since the fact that there are songs that get played all the time pretty much means the variety sucks! Which speaking of, guess what the first song on the radio was while I was driving to work last night? “Josie’s on a vacation far away….”

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  4. Kinda had that Bryan Adams thing going didn’t it?
    I remember this one because in ’86, as you said, it was ever-y-where 🙂
    Chevvy brought up Tears for Fears so I had to take it there 🙂

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