Saturday, 24 May 2008

Hell's Belles

The Eurovision Song Contest is upon us once again, so what better way to celebrate than with the UK's entry from 1984, Love Games by Belle & The Devotions? This one reached the dizzy heights of seventh place in that year's contest, which was won by Swedish Mormon brothers Herreys with Diggi-Loo Diggi-Ley, a song about a man who finds a pair of golden shoes that will make him surpass any obstacle. (John Terry really could've done with a pair of those for the penalties the other night.)

Anyway, yes, Belle & The Devotions. With Spagna supplying lead vocals:

Actually that's Kit Rolfe doing the singing (the other two's microphones were switched off, with backing vocals coming from some hidden singers offstage). Rolfe - sadly no relation to Mermaid boatyard owner Jack - had seen off, amongst others, Hazell Dean and Sinitta during that year's UK Song For Europe heats; she later teamed up with Hazell Dean herself to provide offstage backing vocals for Samantha Janus in Rome 1991, where the amusingly-surnamed one was representing Royaume-Uni in that year's contest. Sadly Janus's effort stumbled to a joint-tenth place finish. Mind you, it was a bit rubbish.

Belle & The Devotions - Love Games mp3 (available for 7 days)

Oh, I can't resist it, here's the immortal Diggi-Loo Diggi-Ley as well - gold shoes and all!

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