Halloweenâ€™s around the corner, so for the next two weeks, weâ€™ll focus on some seasonally themed Lost in the 80â€™s tunes. As SCTVâ€™s Count Floyd would say, â€œScary stuff, kids!â€
Book of Love were fairly popular on the 80â€™s dance scene, scoring several big club hits, and even nearly crossing over to the Top 40 side of things with â€œPretty Boys and Pretty Girlsâ€, the first single off their second album, â€œLullabyâ€ (if you consider peaking at #90 on the Hot 100 crossing over). â€œPretty Boys and Pretty Girlsâ€ was released as an extended dance mix that was interpolated with a remake of Mike Oldfieldâ€™s â€œTubular Bellsâ€ (the theme from â€œThe Exorcistâ€) â€“ a bizarre combo that somehow worked. But thatâ€™s not why weâ€™re here todayâ€¦
â€œWitchcraftâ€ was the follow-up single, a bouncy, light confection about harnessing the dark power of Satan to snare a lover. Well, not really. I think. â€œWitchcraftâ€ was catchy enough to cross over the dance club ghetto Book of Love seemed resigned to reside in, but alas, it was not meant to be. Monster club hit, though. Get it? â€œMonster!â€ Ha, ha, it is to laugh.
Book of Love went on to release one more horrible album (“Candy Carol”) and one last, half-decent album (“Lovebubble”) before calling it quits in the early 90’s. The past few years saw a reunion tour, a couple of new songs on a new compilation, but not much else. Too bad – those first two albums are synthpop classics. So good, they’re scary.
Download â€œWitchcraft (Extended Version)â€.
â€œWitchcraftâ€ did not chart.