Mirage Records, a tiny little label with major distribution, was on fire in 1984. The label scored a few high-profile dance chart hits, but ended up getting their most notable hit of the year from an unlikely sourceÁ¢€¦a solo Bee Gee.

And not even the hot one.

Robin Gibb had a previous solo album in the early Á¢€Ëœ80s that didnÁ¢€â„¢t cause much of a stir, and since the Bee Gees were laying pretty low in those post-disco days, he and Maurice had time to conjure up another, more successful album in 1984 called Á¢€Å“Secret AgentÁ¢€. Meanwhile, hot Bee Barry was off doing his solo thing and even scored a hit with Á¢€Å“Shine, ShineÁ¢€. Robin, however, wanted to go new wave.

Boys Do Fall In Love

Check out that cover. Those clothes. Those shades. ItÁ¢€â„¢s like watching your dad try to be hip after his divorce. But hey, the music wasnÁ¢€â„¢t as embarrassing.

Okay, maybe a little. But I LOVED this song when it was out. I just loved it in private, lest anyone think I was a raging homo (that would come true a few years later). Radio didnÁ¢€â„¢t play this much, but MTV rolled a cutesy little video that played along with the whole Á¢€Å“Secret AgentÁ¢€ aspect. I thought I was alone in loving this tune, until one afternoon I was hanging out at my buddy ChrisÁ¢€â„¢ house Á¢€” now Chris was the total high school jock, blond, blue, track team, homecoming king, you name it. We were good friends and lo and behold, I saw this 45 peeking out from under a Saga single or something.


He also had Culture ClubÁ¢€â„¢s Á¢€Å“Mistake #3Á¢€, which weÁ¢€â„¢ll get to someday. I wonder if Chris ever came out?

Oh yeah, the song. Cute, fun, hooky, harmless and a big gay club hit, according to my friend Joe who remembers dancing to it at Traxx. It also scraped the bottom of the Top 40, which wasnÁ¢€â„¢t too shabby for a Bee Gee in 1984. The little robotic backing vox near the end remind me of Á¢€Å“Video Killed the Radio Star,Á¢€ which Á¢€Å“BoysÁ¢€ actually charted higher than (people seem to forget Á¢€Å“VideoÁ¢€ peaked at a paltry #40 when it was out).

Download Á¢€Å“Boys Do Fall In LoveÁ¢€, straight (ha) from my old little 45. I believe thereÁ¢€â„¢s a Dutch pressing of the Á¢€Å“Secret AgentÁ¢€ CD that exists, but sells for ridiculous amounts when it surfaces.

Robin & Barry
Á¢€Do you have anything to add, Robin?Á¢€

Pic shamelessly stolen from the great snl.jt.org

Á¢€Boys Do Fall In LoveÁ¢€ peaked at #37 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Á¢€Å“Secret AgentÁ¢€ failed to chart.

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John C. Hughes began his Lost in the ’80s blog in 2005 and is now proud to be a member of the Popdose family, where he’s introduced LIT80s’s companions, the obviously named Lost in the ’70s and Lost in the ’90s, alongside the slightly more originally named Why You Should Like…

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