lundi 25 août 2014

EENY MEENY MINY MOE: 35TH ANNIVERSARY


"Eeny Meeny Miny Moe" (the seventh single by Luv') entered the Dutch charts on August 25th, 1979. This pop song appears on the formation's second album "Lots Of Luv'" (see article posted on May 26th, 2014). It was the group's last single release by Phonogram/Philips Records before their transfer to CNR/Carrere. Though it was a respectable hit record, it didn't achieve the sales of the previous records. 


History                                                                             

After the success of "Casanova" (see article posted on April 28th, 2014) on the Continental European charts, the trio's label decided to release "Eeny Meeny Miny Moe" as a follow-up single. The song's title and chorus lyrics dealt with a famous children's counting rhyme in English speaking countries. Its Bouzouki and Balalejka-theme is highly inspired by Boney M's Rasputin. The track hadn't the hit potential of the #1 singles "You're the Greatest Lover" and "Trojan Horse". When it came out, Luv' was experiencing trouble with Phonogram. The singers and their producer Hans van Hemert considered indeed that the record company didn't do its best to promote them abroad. Moreover, Holland's sweethearts had to face the competition with two other girl groups in their homeland (Babe and Dolly Dots) which became more and more popular. Fortunately, Luv' took advantage of a big exposure in the media as they performed "Eeny Meeny Miny Moe" live at the IFA (the world's largest consumer electronics trade fair in Berlin) on "Musikladen" (a high-rated German TV show) on August 30th, 1979. They also promoted the song on other legendary TV programs (including AVRO's TopPop). 


Chart performance 

"Eeny Meeny Miny Moe" peaked at #6 on the Nationale Hitparade and #11 on the Dutch Top 40. It reached  #9 in Belgium, #14 in Denmark, #17 in Switzerland and #36 in Germany.

YouTube Videos:


Luv' on Musikladen




Luv' on AVRO's TopPop

Track listing and release:

7" Vinyl - original release by Philips/Phonogram Records in August 1979:

A Side: "Eeny Meeny Miny Moe" (Janschen & Janschens)
B Side: "I.M.U.R" (Janschen & Janschens) - 3:35

Original Dutch sleeve

German sleeve


Turkish sleeve

The French subsidiary of Philips/Phonogram released "I.M.U.R" as the A-side and "Eeny Meeny Miny Moe" as the B-side:


Cover version

Pop/Disco artist, Mona Carita, covered the track in Finnish entitled "Kuti Kuti Kultasein" which was included on her 1979 eponymous album.

*Source: Wikipedia, Discogs.com, Dutchcharts.nl...


* Bibliography:
Top 40 Hitdossier 1956-2005 (9e editie) by Johan van Slooten, publ: Gottmer 
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