Tigers and Fireflies

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Tigers and Fireflies
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ReleasedApril 1979
Studio Long View Farm Studios
Genre Pop
Producer Rupert Holmes
Lynsey de Paul chronology
Getting a Drag
Tigers and Fireflies

Tigers and Fireflies (sometimes referred to as Tigers & Fireflies) is an album released by Lynsey de Paul [1] in April 1979 [2] on the Polydor record label. [3] [4] [5] [6] It was launched at a special event at the Mayfair Club in London, with de Paul looking similar to the 1940s film star Veronica Lake. The album was recorded at Long View Farm Studios [7] [8] with additional recording at Mediasound and produced by Rupert Holmes. [9] [10] [11] [12] In his 1986 biography, Justin de Villeneuve, de Paul's manager at the time wrote "I gave Rupert Holmes a call in New York. He agreed to see me if I flew to America. Polydor, with the prospect of the involvement with Holmes, agreed to up the budget". [13] The collaboration between de Paul and Holmes on "Tigers and Fireflies" was mentioned on the Ray Shasho Show, when Shasho interviewed Holmes on his BBS radio show on 7 August 2018. [14]



The track listing and lyrics for each song are listed on Musixmatch.com. [15] The first album track is the lead single "Hollywood Romance" [16] [17] (co-written by de Paul and David Jordan) which was released ahead of the album in October 1978 and was well received, [18] was DJ Dave Lee Travis's record of the week during his time as "the Hairy Cornflake" and became a radio hit. [19] It is still played on BBC radio. [20] The follow-up single "Tigers and Fireflies" [21] was released just prior to the album itself. [22] Some years later, de Paul revealed that the song 'Tigers and Fireflies' was about two of her former managers Gordon Mills and Don Arden and is about being cheated and lied to with dazzling promises. [23] [24] [25]

Other tracks include "Losin' the Blues for You" (which was the B-side to the single version of "Hollywood Romance") [26] [27] and "Melancholy Melon", [28] both co-written by de Paul and her boyfriend at the time, [29] [30] the actor James Coburn, [31] [32] [33] Indeed, Coburn was around when the album was being recorded, having flown from South America where he was filming Firepower (film) with Sophia Loren. [34] "'Twas" is a piano bar song with a blues tinged feel and is to date the only song that was co-written with the album's producer, Rupert Holmes. [35] [19] [36] [37] "Before You Go Tonight" was an affectionate song for former partner Ringo Starr, who was leaving for the U.S. while de Paul remained in the U.K. De Paul teamed up with former Eurovision singing partner Mike Moran to write the jaunty, jazzy and uptempo "Without You". [38] The album also featured an updated, re-recording of her earlier hit single "My Man and Me", giving it a more blues/country style than the original ballad. [5] [39] The final track "Beautiful" is a song in its own right but ends by reprising snatches of each of the album's songs woven into the fade out, giving it a moody atmospheric feel. [40]

As noted elsewhere, de Paul's vocals had never sounded stronger, in a style somewhere between Crystal Gayle and Maria Muldaur, in spite of her apparently suffering from a bout of hay fever at the time. [13] The album was well received and garnered positive reviews in the music press, [41] with Smash Hits nominating "Hollywood Romance" and "Losin' the Blues for You" as the album's best tracks. [42]

Six of the original tracks, including the title track, "Melancholy Melon" and "Without You", were finally released on CD on de Pauls' anthology CD Into My Music in March 2013 and the original album sleeve was used for a limited issue release on Think! Records label in Japan. [43] [44] "Hollywood Romance" was not included and has yet to be released on CD although it is available as a mp3 download. It still is played on BBC radio, most recently on the David Sheppard show. [45] [46]

Musicians and other credits

A number of well respected musicians played on the album, including Tom Malone who played brass, reeds and flutes on the album [47] and Joel Diamond played acoustic piano. Long term Holmes collaborators Dean Bailin [48] and John Caruso [49] played various guitars and electric bass guitar, respectively. Gary Burke of Professor Louie & The Crowmatix played drums and percussion, Bob Christianson [50] played synthesizers as well as clarinet and singing backing vocals, and former Mick Ronson collaborator Dede Washburn [51] provided percussion and backing vocals. Holmes also played clarinet and electric piano. [52] Jesse Henderson and Michael Barbiero were the engineers and Henderson mixed the album. [53] The photography for the front and back sleeve was by John Shaw, with art direction and design by Jo Mirowski. [54]

Cover versions

Songs on the album that have been covered by other artists include "My Man and Me", recorded by Carl Wayne (as "My Girl and Me"), [55] as well as the Swedish artist Agneta Munther [56] and by the Japanese musician Hummingbird; [57] as well as "Hollywood Romance", which was given Japanese lyrics and recorded as "Romance" on Hummingbird's album Froggie. Lena Zavaroni also covered "Hollywood Romance" as the fifth number from the second episode of her first TV series, Lena Zavaroni and Music. [58] [59]

Track listing

  1. "Hollywood Romance" (written by Lynsey de Paul and Dave Jordan) [60] [61]
  2. "My Man and Me" (written by Lynsey de Paul) [60] [61]
  3. "Without You" (written by Lynsey de Paul and Mike Moran) [60] [61]
  4. "Forever and a Day" (written by Lynsey de Paul) [60] [61]
  5. "Tigers and Fireflies" (written by Lynsey de Paul) [60] [61]
  1. "Melancholy Melon" (written by Lynsey de Paul and James Coburn) [60] [61]
  2. "Losin' the Blues for You" (written by Lynsey de Paul and James Coburn) [60] [61]
  3. "Before You Go Tonight" (written by Lynsey de Paul) [60] [61]
  4. "'Twas" (written by Lynsey de Paul and Rupert Holmes) [60] [61]
  5. "Beautiful" (written by Lynsey de Paul) [60] [61]

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"You Give Me Those Feelings" is a song written by Lynsey de Paul, and produced by de Paul and Jon Kelly. It was released as a single, with the B-side "Beautiful" also composed by de Paul, on Polydor in August 1977, as the follow up to the European hit single "Rock Bottom". The German and French releases of the single both had picture sleeves. The romantic song makes clever use of vocal overdubbing and has a false ending making the shorter version more radio friendly that the whole song, which clocks in at over four minutes. The song was play listed by a number of British radio stations. It is listed as one of the songs of 1977 in their music of the year database. "You Give Me Those Feelings" was recorded by Gracie Rivera, who was based in Hong Kong but originally from the Philippines, as a track on her album, Grace Anne Rivera. It was released in 1978 on the EMI record label.

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"Hollywood Romance" is a song written by Lynsey de Paul and David Jordan. It was released as a single on Polydor Records on 20 October 1978 in a picture sleeve, almost six years to the day after the release of their last hit collaboration "Getting a Drag", and it was play-listed on BBC Radio 1. The record label for this single was unusual in that it was printed in silver instead of the usual Polydor red label. In Japan, it was released in February 1979 in the same picture sleeve cover with the title in Japanese added, plus the lyrics were included on the back cover. The song name checks a number of classic era Hollywood movies such as King Kong, Last Tango in Paris, The African Queen, Citizen Kane and Tarzan, as well as the popular song "Begin the Beguine", written by Cole Porter that Fred Astaire and Eleanor Powell danced to in the musical film Broadway Melody of 1940. "Hollywood Romance" was influenced by de Paul's move to California in the late 1970s to be with her partner at the time, the actor James Coburn. The B-side to the "Hollywood Romance" single was a blues song that de Paul co-wrote with Coburn, entitled "Losin' The Blues For You". Polydor hosted a launch party in London to celebrate the release of "Hollywood Romance" in a Hollywood style setting complete with Busby Berkeley film clips. The single garnered good reviews with UK music press including the weekly publication, Record Mirror, writing "De Paul is set for a comeback ...with this real eye opener". It was playlisted by BBC Radio 1 and also was played on Singapore's FM radio station.

"House of Cards" is a song written by Lynsey de Paul and Barry Blue and is one of their most covered songs. It was first released as a single by Chris Kelly on the CBS label on 7 April 1972, credited as being written by Rubin and Green (Blue). A few weeks later it was also released as a single by the UK artist Heart on RCA. The UK born but New Zealand based singer, Rob Guest, also released his version of "House of Cards" as his first solo single on Polydor in 1972. It also appeared as the lead track on his album Sing. The song was also covered by the BBC Radio 1 DJ Tony Blackburn and appeared as an track on the self-named album released in 1972 on RCA. It was released for the first time on CD in 2012 on the Tony Blackburn compilation album The Singles Collection 1965-1980.

"So Good To You" is a song that was written by Lynsey de Paul, and first released by Zakatek as the B-side to his 1973 single, "I Gotcha Now", which also penned by de Paul. The single was released in 2 March 1973 and both songs were produced and arranged by de Paul. Her own version appeared in October 1973 as the B-side to her award-winning single "Won't Somebody Dance with Me", which was arranged by Christopher Gunning and produced by de Paul. In Japan, however, "So Good To You" was released as the A-side of the single release with "Won't Somebody Dance with Me" being relegated to the B-side on its release in 1974. AllMusic lists "So Good to You" as one of De Paul's song highlights. De Paul's version appeared for the first time on CD in 1996 on the album Greatest Hits, and in 2000 on the Best of the 70's compilation album, and later as a remastered track on the CD compilation Sugar & Beyond: Anthology 1972-1974.

Into My Music - Anthology 1975-1979 is a digitally remastered double album, featuring songs written and performed by Lynsey de Paul, that was released on 18 March 2013 on Cherry Red's RPM Retrodisc label. All recordings have been remastered by de Paul and Simon Murphy from original tape sources and co-produced by de Paul and Mark Stratford. The album is packaged with photographs and memorabilia from de Paul's personal archive and text by Michael Robson.

Love Bomb is the fourth album released in 1975 by the British singer-songwriter Lynsey de Paul, and her second album released on Jet Records in the UK and Polydor in Germany, Australia and Japan. In the US and Canada, it was released in January 1976 on Mercury Records. The album was recorded at the Marquee Studios, London, England, produced by de Paul and arranged by Tony Hymas, with Terry Cox playing drums, John Dean percussion, Chris Rea guitar and Frank McDonald bass. The striking sleeve cover photo of de Paul in U.S military style clothing was taken by Brian Aris.

"My One and Only" is a song written by Lynsey de Paul and first recorded by the female vocal trio Bones. It was released as a single in 1974 in the UK on Jet Records, and on Polydor in France, Germany and Italy. The recording was produced by de Paul. The song is about a summer holiday romance and is influenced by the style of 1960s girl groups such as the Shangri-Las. Bones performed the song on British television as guests on the Granada TV programme, Rock On With 45, on 16 January 1975. The B-side of the single, “Baby Don’t Make Me Cry”, was a doo-wop sounding song co-written by de Paul and Barry Blue, and again it was produced by de Paul.

"Rhythm and Blue Jean Baby" is a song that was written and produced by Lynsey de Paul, and released in July 1975 as her third single on the newly designed yellow Jet Record label in the UK, as a follow up to the hit single "My Man and Me". It was released on Polydor in Belgium, France and Germany ; backed with another de Paul composition "Into My Music". The release of the single was also announced in the American music industry magazine Cashbox. The song as well as the lyrics and credits are listed on the Italian music resource "Rockol". The single received favourable reviews, including from DJ and music journalist James Hamilton who, in his first column for Record Mirror, wrote "With a bass line not unlike ‘Bend Me Shape Me’ and some sexy stop/starts, Lynsey makes straight happy pop noises that sound fine to me". It was reported to be a dance floor hit according to a reaction report. Deborah Thomas, music critic at the Daily Mirror wrote "de Paul will captivate her adoring fans with this light, pacey rocker.


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