Bette Bright and the Illuminations: When You Were Mine / Soulful Dress

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Format: 7″ picture disc

Label: Korova

Country: UK

Year: 1981

Price paid: $3.86 (incl. shipping)

Purchased at: eBay

 

When you were mine

You were all I ever wanted to do

Now I spend my time

Following him whenever she’s with you

‘When You Were Mine’ was a single from Bette’s 1981 ‘Rhythm Breaks the Ice‘, released in a standard sleeve version as well as this picture disc format. Sadly and surprisingly it failed to chart.

This is a cover of a Prince song, off of his third studio album, 1980’s ‘Dirty Mind.’ What woman artist of the 80s HASN’T Prince worked with or touched in some way? Professionally, I mean. Sheena Easton, Shelia E, Wendy and Lisa, Dale Bozzio, Vanity, the list goes on.

bettebright_whenyouPDbDespite being covered by well over a dozen artists- Cyndi Lauper, Ani DiFranco, and most recently ‘Tegan and Sarah’- as far as I can tell it has never charted significantly in the US or UK. Arguably this is the best version; it has a certain wistful bubbly 60s feel that even the original lacks.

I’m a sucker for picture discs. The art design makes great use of the circle format, not simply shoehorned-in square art derivative of the standard single that many picture discs are guilty of. Well I guess it kind of is, but it works well due to the predominately white composition that allows Bette’s form to float in space. And it looks great spinning on a turntable!

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One thought on “Bette Bright and the Illuminations: When You Were Mine / Soulful Dress

  1. Pingback: Bette Bright and the Illuminations: Rhythm Breaks the Ice | New Wave and Beyond

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