Making Your Mind Up


Making Your Mind Up
"Making Your Mind Up"
Single by Bucks Fizz
from the album Bucks Fizz
B-side "Don't Stop"
Released 12 March 1981
Genre Pop
Length 2.39
Label RCA Records
Writer(s) Andy Hill / John Danter
Producer Andy Hill
Certification Gold [1]
Bucks Fizz singles chronology
- "Making Your Mind Up"
(1981)
"Piece of the Action"
(1981)
United Kingdom "Making Your Mind Up"
Eurovision Song Contest 1981 entry
Country United Kingdom
Artist(s) Bobby G,
Mike Nolan,
Jay Aston,
Cheryl Baker
As Bucks Fizz
Language English
Composer(s) John Danter
Lyricist(s) Andy Hill
Conductor John Coleman
Finals performance
Final result 1st
Final points 136
Appearance chronology
◄ Love Enough for Two (1980)   
One Step Further (1982) ►

"Making Your Mind Up" is a song by British pop group Bucks Fizz. It was the winner of the 1981 Eurovision Song Contest and a UK Number-one single. From 2004 to 2007 the BBC used the name Making Your Mind Up for their Eurovision selection show in honour of the song.

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Background

In late 1980, songwriter Andy Hill teamed up with John Danter and composed "Making Your Mind Up" with an eye to entering it into the A Song for Europe finals the following year. Working with his then girlfriend, Nichola Martin, a former singer, they set about recording a demo of the song to enter. This featured the vocals of Hill, Martin and Mike Nolan, a singer Martin had worked with before. Martin then set about gathering a line-up to enter the song with, based around her and Nolan. With the song already entered under the name Bucks Fizz, Martin and future manager, Jill Shirley recruited Cheryl Baker, Bobby G and Jay Aston to the line-up, with Martin herself dropping out. The song secured an entry into the final along with another Hill/Danter composition, "Have You Ever Been in Love", which would be performed by Martin and Hill under the name Gem.[2]

Martin and Shirley secured a recording deal with RCA Records and Hill spent a week in the recording studio with the group recording the song and its B-side. Backing vocals on the record were supplied by Alan Carvell, who also went on to be one of two backing singers in the Eurovision performance. The song was published by Paper Music, which was a year-old publishing company owned by Billy Lawrie – himself a songwriter and brother of singer Lulu.[3] Choreographer Chrissie Whickham, a former member of dance troupe Hot Gossip, spent two days with the group working on the dance routine.

On 11 March 1981, Bucks Fizz performed "Making Your Mind Up" at the Song for Europe finals and despite being up against favourites and current chart group Liquid Gold, won the contest with ease.[4] From this point, the group undertook much promotion of the song around the UK, including an appearance on Top of the Pops, whereby the single entered the UK charts at 24. The following week it rose to No.5 and on 4 April the 1981 Eurovision Song Contest was staged in Dublin. In a close contest throughout the voting procedure, "Making Your Mind Up" managed to secure a victory, beating second-placed Germany by a mere four votes.

"Making Your Mind Up" went to No.1 in the UK following the victory and remained there for three weeks, becoming one of the biggest selling songs of the year.[5] It also saw the group in high demand throughout Europe, with the single hitting No.1 in many countries and charting in the top ten in Australia. The record eventually sold four million copies worldwide.

The song is held in affectionate regard by many Eurovision fans, and is generally considered to be a good example of a pop song from the Contest. It has a strong beat and catchy lyrics. Reaction was less favourable to the group's performance of the song, which was considered to be off-key, and led to much criticism that the members were chosen more for appearance than vocal ability. In addition, the performance is remembered for the point at which the two male members of the group removed the skirts of the two female members – only to reveal shorter skirts beneath them. This move (which was mirrored by Mick Jagger and Tina Turner at 1985's Live Aid) has appeared in many contests since that time – most notably as part of Latvia's Marie N's performance of "I Wanna", which won for Latvia, in 2002.[6][7]

The lyrics of the song are largely meaningless, although it can be argued that they are about making the decision to commit to a serious relationship.[8]

In the Eurovision, the song was succeeded as a UK entry by "One Step Further" by Bardo, who were managed by the same team as Bucks Fizz. As a winner, it was succeeded by "Ein Bisschen Frieden", sung by Germany's Nicole.[9] The song title has also given the name to the UK selection process for the Eurovision Song Contest.[10]

"Making Your Mind Up" was spoofed by many artists following its success, with alternative titles: "Me vas a volver loco (You're Going to Drive Me Crazy)" (by Spanish group Parchís), "Rock and Roll Cowboy" and "It's Only a Wind Up".

The single began a run of 20 UK hits for Bucks Fizz and was quickly followed up by "Piece of the Action" and debut album, Bucks Fizz.[11] At the end of the decade, "Making Your Mind Up" was No.47 in the UK top selling singles of the 1980s.[12] Despite the success of the song, fans of the group don't consider it to be a good representation of their work, while member Cheryl Baker doesn't rate it as one of their best songs.[13][14]

Track listing

  1. "Making Your Mind Up" (Andy Hill / John Danter) (2.39)
  2. "Don't Stop" (Andy Hill / Nichola Martin) (4.08)

Chart positions

Country Peak
position
United Kingdom 1
Ireland [15] 1
Austria [16] 1
The Netherlands 1
Belgium 1
Spain 1
Israel 1
Denmark 1
Sweden 2
Norway [17] 2
New Zealand[18] 3
Switzerland 3
Germany 5
Australia [19] 6
South Africa [20] 7

See also

References

Preceded by
"This Ole House" by Shakin' Stevens
UK number one single
18 April 1981 - 2 May 1981
Succeeded by
"Stand and Deliver" by Adam and the Ants
Preceded by
What's Another Year by Johnny Logan
Eurovision Song Contest winners
1981
Succeeded by
Ein Bisschen Frieden by Nicole
Preceded by
Love Enough for Two
United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest
1981
Succeeded by
One Step Further

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