Take an I.O.U. from Freeez (1983)

Browsing through a 1983 copy of No. 1 magazine, I was drawn to the song lyrics for a song called I.O.U. by UK dance group Freeez. I wasn’t able to immediately bring the song to mind and so went looking on Youtube for it. I’m so pleased I did as it’s a catchy tune that has aged remarkably well.

If you’re anything like me after watching that video, you’ll be thinking, WOW, that was definitely 1983. Here’s a couple of my favourite images:


I foolishly watched the video several times and now have “A-E-A-E-I-O-U-U I Sometimes Cry” on a repeating loop in my head. I apologise if this happens to any of you. If you need help with your own singalong, here’s the lyrics:

Freeez Lyrics

Because I’m a sucker for punishment, I also had to watch the group’s performance on the Top of the Pops Christmas ’83 special:


If you look carefully, you’ll see the guy on keyboard is wearing a pair of those rather fetching visor-glasses! For the ultimate I.O.U. experience, check out this acapella and dub mix which is guaranteed to become an instant ear-worm!

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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