Lost in the ’70s: Andrea True Connection, “N.Y., You Got Me Dancing”

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Nothing frustrates me more than watching shows like VH1’s Top 100 One-Hit Wonders and seeing Michael Ian Black or Frangelinellica (or whatever) struggle to toss off witty bon mots about artists like A Flock of Seagulls (three-hit wonders, thank you!) or Spandau Ballet (another three-fer, gracias) – I mean, sure, conventional wisdom dictates that these bands had one really big hit everyone knows, but facts are facts, people.  Just because the majority of Americans don’t remember “Pop Goes The World” doesn’t mean Men Without Hats are one-hit wonders.  Ask a hosehead!  They’ll tell you.  This is serious business.  Research!  Journalistic standards!  If we can’t get something simple like chart history correct, what hope do we have in finding out the truth behind Goldman Sachs?

Okay, maybe not that serious.  But, still.

Andrea True is one of those artists always unfairly singled out as a one-hit wonder.  But illuminating those forgotten follow-ups is the mission of the Lost in the… series, so I cannot shirk my duty.  A former adult film entertainer, in 1976 True found herself in Jamaica filming a television commercial when an attempted coup kept her in the country longer than she anticipated.  Being resourceful, she had disco writer/producer and former Jobriath sideman Gregg Diamond fly down to her, where they created the monster smash “More, More, More.”  A full-length album of the same name soon followed, along with a second single, “Party Line,” which quickly flopped.

A short year later True’s sophomore effort, White Witch was released, and while the album as a whole is much weaker than her debut, she was savvy enough to corral Diamond to provide another song, “N.Y., You Got Me Dancing,” (download) which was worked as the first single.  Bearing no small resemblance to their earlier success, the single actually got pretty far up the Top 40 chart, an impressive feat for such a blatantly unabashed disco tune.  Its success is even more impressive when you consider the, shall we say, uncertain vocal performance from Ms. True.  A follow-up single, “What’s Your Name, What’s Your Number,” got to #56 as well, but both singles were huge in the clubs.  Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough to make White Witch a big seller.

A third album, the new wave attempt War Machine sank without a trace, and Andrea True soon found herself returning to porn.  Vocal problems soon caused her to retire from the public eye for good, but she’ll always be remembered for her one huge smash hit.

And in my world, her second, too!

“N.Y., You Got Me Dancing” peaked at #27 on the Billboard Pop Singles Chart and at #4 on the Club Play Singles Chart in 1977.

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  • http://www.popdose.com DwDunphy

    This… Is… PAINFUL.

  • JohnHughes

    I still prefer “uncertain.”

  • http://www.popdose.com DwDunphy

    No, I'm pretty certain. Was she distracted while recording this somehow? I mean, those big, long microphones can be intimidating.

  • WJM980

    As a child, I was obsessed with Andrea True. More, More, More was my all-time favorite single and in the Summer of '76 I tried desperately to get into a local night club to see her (unfortunately they frowned on letting an 11 year old in.) I thought for sure she would be a one hit wonder, so imagine my shock and excitement when Casey Kasem introduced the song on American Top 40 by saying “she's back with her second hit song.” I wound up loving N.Y…. as much as More, More, More, and still love it to this day. Yes, her vocal prowess was debatable, but I thought she did a great job on both of her hits. Even I, however, hate the version that is linked here; the reason – it's a rerecording she did around 2003. The original is far, far better including great instrumentation and a much better vocal.

  • JohnHughes

    You know, the bf and I had a nice, long debate whether this was the re-recording (curse you, Cleopatra Records!) or not. We tested every single version available on both iTunes and Amazon and settled on this one as the original.

    Any idea if the original is available digitally anywhere?

  • http://jabartlett.wordpress.com jabartlett

    “Party Line” is not bad, actually (provided you share my opinion that “More More More” isn't bad, either), in a repetitive, KC-and-the-Sunshine-Band sort of way.

  • http://www.mattconsola.com djmattconsola

    Could not agree with you more about the VH1 One-Hot Wonders bullshit. And it’s not just them, it’s local/national radio stations who do it every Labor Day when they want to give the entire staff off, so they record a One-Hit’s Wonder countdown show or the “100 greatest songs of the past decade show.” Blah Blah Blah.

    So who is always on the list Thomas Dolby – “She Blinded Me With Science” as if “Hyperactive”, ‘One of Our Submariens”, “Airheads” and “My Brain is like A Sieve” weren’t huge radio and club hits. And as someone who spent the late 80’s early 90’s on the radio, I can attest that they were.

    Then there is Haircut 100 (“Favourite Shirts (Boy Meets Girl) #4 UK, Love Plus One #3 UK), The Tom Tom Club (at least two massive hits with “Genius Of Love” and Wordy Rappinghood”), Soft Cell (Tainted Love, Sex Dwarf), Shannon 9Who they always list “Let The Music Play” but with the every 4 years release of “Give Me Tonight” which was huge back when it came out. is clearly a bigger hit, Frankie Goes to Hollywood (They always list ‘Relax”, but what about ‘Two Tribes” and “Welcome to the Pleasuredome”?), and one of the biggest crimes ALISON MOYET of Yazoo? They always list ‘Invisable” forgetting massive hits like “Love Resurrection”, “Weak in the Presence of Beauty”, “Ordinary Girl”, “Whispering Your Name”, “It Won’t Be Long”, “Is This Love?” and the hits she is still turning out.

    So who makes up these lists? And do these people not realize that the US or The UK is not the end all and be all of an artists career. Nena “99 Luftbaloons” is considered one of the top One Hit Wonders. But in her country of Germanym she’s had 8 #1 hits and more than 20 singles in 25 years. There needs to be some consitency.

  • william

    mr. hughes. can you possibly repost the mp3 for listening or e.mail it to me? i will continue to be a loyal reader in return, and force as many people as possible to read on a weekly basis.

  • william

    mr. hughes. can you possibly repost the mp3 for listening or e.mail it to me? i will continue to be a loyal reader in return, and force as many people as possible to read on a weekly basis.

  • william

    mr. hughes. can you possibly repost the mp3 for listening or e.mail it to me? i will continue to be a loyal reader in return, and force as many people as possible to read on a weekly basis.

  • Tdaher

    have you heard this song? this says it all
    http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/timothymartin

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