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Night - 1980 Long Distance

ALBUM: Long Distance
LABEL: Planet
SERIAL: PL 52251
YEAR: 1980


LINEUP: Chris Thompson - vocals * Stevie Lange - vocals * Robbie McIntosh - guitars, vocals * Billy Kristian - bass * Bobby Wright - keyboards * Bobby Guidotti - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Dr Rock * 02 Don't Break My Heart * 03 Love On The Airwaves * 04 The Letter * 05 Callin' Me Back * 06 You Cried Wolf * 07 Stealin' * 08 Miss You (Like I Do) * 09 Day After Day * 10 Good To Be Back In Your Arms

There's a connection somewhere between New Zealand, South Africa, and good ol Blighty with this band. NZ'er Thompson previously sang with South African Manfred Mann and his Earth Band, Stevie Lange is a South African by birth (at one stage married to producer Robert 'Mutt' Lange, her maiden name is Van Kerken), Billy Kristian is a NZ'er as well, while McIntosh is English. Not sure about the other two, but near enough is good enough. The band came together in 1978, and released their debut album the following year. A slightly different lineup for that one, which yielded the hit single 'Hot Summer Nights', a favourite on Classic Rock stations, and heard quite often on radio at the time. It also featured many L.A musicians, including members of Toto.

The Songs
With 'Long Distance' their sophomore effort, the sound shifted between the cosy radio friendly environment of Fleetwood Mac and Heart, but had more of an AOR edge to it. Most of the songs are punchy, and see the vocal lead split between Lange and Thompson. Standouts include the smooth AOR of 'Don't Break My Heart', the superb jingly-jangly 'Love On The Airwaves' and the desperate musical heat of 'Callin' Me Back'. The pent-up energy continues on 'Stealin', though by this stage, the foot is taken off the accelerator with the lukewarm efforts of 'Miss You (Like I Do) and 'Day After Day'. Perhaps because of that, the album is not as immediate as the debut, and this is where the major difference is apparent.

In Summary
Though the band released two albums, they deemed their existence and lack of success as a failure, and subsequently all the members moved onto greener pastures. McIntosh had a stint with The Pretenders while Chris Thompson extended his solo career, while Lange reverted to studio work, of which she's done a heap over the years, as well as appearing as a solo artist under the name Stevie Vann..

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#1 | Eric on March 26 2011 16:30:45
Stevie Lange recorded a Glam rock single in the early '70s under the name 'Stephen'. Reputedly quite good, rare as heck and as yet unheard by yours truly. hmm!
#2 | englandashes on September 30 2016 22:50:44
I remember buying both their albums, only to be disappointed as the song 'Remember my name' by Stevie Lange was not on any. In the UK this song become popular as used in an advert for Limara shampoo. Years later I did manage to find the single of the song, in a secondhand shop in a village called Langford, which is near Biggleswade, made famous by Ronnie Barker.
#3 | reyno-roxx on October 01 2016 13:18:32
Was it the picture sleeve version? I bought the single when it first came out but could never find the picture sleeve edition. Impossible to find at the time.
#4 | englandashes on October 01 2016 16:52:46
Hi Reyno, i regret just the standard black plain sleeve, i.e no picture whatsoever, usually the first issue would have a picture sleeve and only reprints i suppose had no sleeve, i remember buying rainbow i surrender when it was high in the charts, hence no picture sleeve.
Although did buy an early Prince 12 inch which never had a picture sleeve.
#5 | rostoned on October 11 2016 17:27:42
Stevie Lange after 1981 'Remember...' single, in 1982 released another solo single 'Don't want to cry no more', which was a Russ Ballard then unreleased song, and produced by none other than the legendary musician/keyboardist Tim Friese Greene (City Boy, Touch, Talk Talk); Greene then in a kinda Thomas Dolby a la 'Waiting for a girl like you' mode: hear the record and Greene synths for a total proof! Yes

The Ballard song was later covered by Elkie Brooks on her 1986 'No more the fool' album and oddly in 1982 it was also not the A but the B side of a reissue of the above mentioned 'Remember my name' Lange single as well!
#6 | Explorer on October 11 2016 20:04:31
Lange went on to release a top album under the name Stevie Vann in 1995 produced by her then ex husband Mutt, and well impressive it is too.
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