Black Lace sing Superman

Black Lace Superman

I don’t know how popular Black Lace are in your part of the world but here in Britain there are certain events where you cannot escape them. Wedding parties, children’s parties, school disco’s and karaoke bars are all prone to playing the music of a band that specialised in kitsch, catchy pop music.

In 1983, whilst at the height of their careers, they released ‘Superman’ which had very little to do with the Man of Steel and a lot to do with waving your body around like a mad partying charades fool. It’s this song more than any other that I continue to be subjected to thanks to having two children who frequent the kind of parties that still think this music is cool.

Here they are playing the hit on the BBC’s Top of the Pops:

And now the unfortunate disclaimer. Despite my best efforts, I still enjoy this song, and I might on occasion be found on the dance floor busting moves. This is especially true when holidaying in countries that host mini-disco’s for the youngsters (and their dads).

Hayden Yale

Child of the 80's. Born, raised and living in the Cheshire countryside, England.Lover of fan art, especially if it is based on my childhood heroes from Masters of the Universe, Thundercats, Transformers and TMNT. Penchant for almost anything retro, especially movies, games and art.

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4 thoughts on “Black Lace sing Superman

  1. I’m not sure this band ever reached the ol’ USA, but there is plenty to love about this…so much that I had to create an itemized list:

    1. The “song” is absolutely horrible, so of course I enjoyed it 100%
    2. The entire audience of Top of the Pops seems to be completely under the spell of this tune/arcane rite; as if the song were constructed on a music sheet of human flesh under a henge during a blood moon
    3. The band’s expressions on the cover of the album: “Who in the hell put Captain Marvel on our Superman single?!! Heads will roll!”
    4. The fact that other countries host “mini discos” for kids. Are the mountains of cocaine traditionally associated with discos(which have slithered back to the primordial soup from whence they crawled in this country many a decade ago…no doubt to lie on the ocean floor in the lost city of R’lyeh…dreaming) instead comprised of Pixie Stix at these events?

    I’m sure there are more, but I am now exhausted from sneezing and combing my hair…

    p.s. I’ve said it once, I’ll say it again; Hayden your posts are always awesome!

  2. MZA says:

    Wow. Great post Hayden, but that is just plain awful. No wonder British Metal hit the scene in the late 70’s/early 80’s with such a righteous vengeance. Like Daniel 13 I wondered who’s the idiot that put Captain Marvel on a “Superman” single?!?! Then I looked at those 2 guys and thought “man, I had no idea Rob Halford from Judas Priest and a young Steven Spielberg had a band together!… Unless that’s an old Starsky & Hutch promo picture.”

  3. It really tickles me that this is being unleashed on an American audience. The British music scene has always been prone to letting in the odd novelty record and with Black Lace we found ourselves singing Agadoo from them soon after which is equally baffling.

    I purposefully said nothing in my post about the artwork on the single cover. I’m glad that I wasn’t the only one wondering why Captain Marvel was making an appearance. That said, the lyrical content is clearly nothing to do with Supes and I’d wager that most people in 1983 Britain were unaware that the featured hero was anything more than an unspecified super hero.

    Dan – if you watch any TOTP footage, you’ll always find the audience similarly transfixed. Who knows why this is? Perhaps to our ears the music is just that good?

    And as for mini-discos…. the Superman song actually started life in Spain as ‘Gioca Jouer’ which was played at hotel bars to mostly British holidaymakers. Those same Spanish holiday resorts continue to play the translated song more than 30 years later, only now it is aimed at our younglings instead. The adults have obviously become numb to it!

    Thanks for the comments :) Not sure that my posts are always awesome but I appreciate the kindness!! To me, everything here on The Retroist is awesome!

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