Label: Korova (KOW 3)
Price paid: $3.86 (incl. ship)
Purchased at: eBay
“Well hello… I am your heart!”
Released in February of 1980, this was Bette’s third solo single, preceded by ‘My Boyfriend’s Back’ (1978), and ‘Captain of Your Ship‘ (1979.) It was her highest charting single, reaching #50 in the UK in March of 1980. In 1981 the single would appear on Bette’s Korova LP ‘Rhythm Breaks the Ice.’
I’ve had a copy of this single in my collection for some 25 years now and embarrassed to say I never caught on that it had a wrap-around cover. I only discovered this when scanning the front and back for today’s entry. So enjoy my reunion of the front and back displaying the image as it was meant to be seen.
I’m a little torn on the sleeve design. On the positive side its rich deep purple hues are very eye-catching and most have really stuck out on record store shelves back in the day. But the overall layout is rather weak, the front image unengaging, and the wording- although clever- rather hard to read. British photographer Colin Thomas provided the images for the single. Former roadie for ‘Kilburn and the High Roads’, Thomas is still active today as a book/publication photographer and portraitist; having shot celebs such as Ian Dury and more recently Graham Norton.