Lost or Forgotten Oldie of the Day: 1985 Paul Young – I’m Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down

Paul Young was a British musician who began singing professionally with Kat Kool & The Kool Kats. He joined the group Streetband in the late seventies and sang lead on Toast, a novelty record that reached the UK top 20.

Streetband fell apart in 1979 and Paul joined the Q-Tips for the next three years. He began a solo career after signing with Columbia Records in 1982. His first album generated six singles. His biggest hit from the album was a chart-topping cover of the Marvin Gaye song, Wherever I Lay My Hat (That’s My Home). Only one of the singles reached the top forty in the US.

Paul’s next album was The Secret Of Association. His first single from the album was 1984’s I’m Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down. The single brought him back into the UK top ten but completely missed the US Hot 100. Another top ten UK single followed that only reached #56 in the US. It was the third single from the album that brought him the most success in the US.

After a few hits early in their career, Hall & Oates hit a rough patch from 1977 to 1980. They recorded the album Voices in 1980 and finally found success again. Four singles from the album gave them a #1 record (Kiss On My List), a #5 record (You Make My Dreams) and two more top forty singles.

The album also contained a song called Everytime You Go Away. It appears that RCA did release the song as a single in 1983. The album version was over five minutes long but RCA cut it down to 3:50. It wasn’t very AM radio-friendly and failed to chart.

Paul Young recorded a very different version of the song in 1985, now titled Every Time You Go Away. His record company was more than happy to release a single that ran 4:20. The record sat on the top of the Hot 100 in the US for eight weeks and was one of the biggest records of the year. It also peaked at #4 in the UK.

Columbia Records decided to follow up that monster hit in the US with the 1985 re-release of  I’m Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down. This time the record caught on, and it reached #13 in early November. The single only ran a little over three minutes, but they also released a 12-inch version that ran over nine minutes.

Paul continued releasing charting singles in the UK through 1997 but only reached the Hot 100 in the US three more times. He has also recorded new albums as either a solo artist or a part of various groups as recently as 2016. He is still touring and has his own website at http://paul-young.com/.


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