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 sourceâ€¦a solo Bee Gee.
And not even the hot one.
Robin Gibb had a previous solo album in the early â€˜80s that didnâ€™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 â€œSecret Agentâ€. Meanwhile, hot Bee Barry was off doing his solo thing and even scored a hit with â€œShine, Shineâ€. Robin, however, wanted to go new wave.
Check out that cover. Those clothes. Those shades. Itâ€™s like watching your dad try to be hip after his divorce. But hey, the music wasnâ€™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 didnâ€™t play this much, but MTV rolled a cutesy little video that played along with the whole â€œSecret Agentâ€ aspect. I thought I was alone in loving this tune, until one afternoon I was hanging out at my buddy Chrisâ€™ house â€“ 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 Clubâ€™s â€œMistake #3â€, which weâ€™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 wasnâ€™t too shabby for a Bee Gee in 1984. The little robotic backing vox near the end remind me of â€œVideo Killed the Radio Star,â€ which â€œBoysâ€ actually charted higher than (people seem to forget â€œVideoâ€ peaked at a paltry #40 when it was out).
Download â€œBoys Do Fall In Loveâ€, straight (ha) from my old little 45. I believe thereâ€™s a Dutch pressing of the â€œSecret Agentâ€ CD that exists, but sells for ridiculous amounts when it surfaces.
â€Do you have anything to add, Robin?â€
Pic shamelessly stolen from the great snl.jt.org
â€Boys Do Fall In Loveâ€ peaked at #37 on the Billboard Hot 100.
â€œSecret Agentâ€ failed to chart.