While reading Dave Holmes’ great NY Magazine account of the 1988 American Top 40 Countdown for the week of August 6, 1988, he listed this song by the duo Climie Fisher sat at the 32nd position on the chart.
1988 was definitely an interesting year for music, bubblegum pop still charted, and mixed easily with new jack swing. Johnny Kemp just got paid. Tracy Chapman was taking a fast car. Well-coiffed balladeers like Richard Marx and Peter Cetera were played in the same programming block as hair metal men Def Leppard and Guns N’ Roses. And pop music from the UK was big.
What can I say about Climie Fisher? Personally, not much. As soon as I clicked “play” I happily remembered this upbeat pop tune, although I wouldn’t have been able to tell you in 100 years who sang it. Having watched the video, I incorrectly surmised that the man singing was named Climie Fisher. And it made me wonder (not in a Led Zeppelin way, though) “what kind of name is Climie?”
Well, Climie is a surname. And Simon Climie was half of the band. Rob Fisher (of the band Naked Eyes, most famous in these parts for their songs “Promises, Promises” and “Always Something There to Remind Me”) was the other half.
Simon Climie was also a successful songwriter—he wrote the George Michael/Aretha Franklin hit “I Knew You Were Waiting for Me”, while Rob Fisher went on to write songs for Rick Astley (we won’t try to rickroll you with any links), among others.
So watch, listen, enjoy! And remember that love changes everything…