The Best 12″ Covers of The 80s (That I Found This Week)

In the mid-late 1980s, prior to the rise in popularity of the CD single, vinyl maxi-singles for popular artists often included “bonus” songs that were not included on albums, just as a 7-inch single included a B-side cut that was often not to be found on the referenced album. Many CD singles contain a number of such cuts, in a manner similar to the older EP vinyl format. It was also the choice cut for many club DJs to play, in order to assist with their continuous mix, or giving the fans a few extra minutes of their favorite song.

Here’s the best…errr…or the strangest 12″ jacket covers I found this week:

“Hang on to Your Love” is a song by the English group Sade from their debut album, Diamond Life (1984). It was released in late 1984 as the album’s first U.S. single.

Only released in the US The Joan Jett & The Blachearts version of “Cherry Bomb” debuted on the US Billboard Hot Dance/Club Play chart on February 23, 1985 and spent three weeks on the survey peaking at #55. The 12″ single was issued as a white label promo pressed on cherry red colored vinyl.

“Hypnotize Me” is a single by Wang Chung. The song was on their 1986 album, Mosaic. The single reached #36 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and also #13 on the U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks.

“Secret Separation” is a song by British new wave rock group The Fixx, from their fourth studio album Walkabout. The single peaked at #19 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart in July 1986 and peaked at #1 on the US Album Rock Tracks chart. The single also peaked at #39 in Canada and #83 in the United Kingdom.

“Emotion” is the title track from American singer Barbra Streisand’s twenty-third studio album. Released in 1984 as the third single from the album “Emotion”, is an upbeat number with The Pointer Sisters on background vocals. This song was also released as a 12″ single, remixed by Jellybean Benitez, popular for his work with Madonna. The song peaked at #79 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and #14 on the US Adult Contemporary chart in 1985.

“Stand Up” is a single by British electronic group formed in 1980 in Cardiff, United Kingdom. The single “Stand Up”, which became the band’s biggest US hit, peaking at #69 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #14 on the Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart in 1989. In the bands home country the single did not chart.

“Apollo 9 (Splashdown Re-Mix)” is a single released by CBS records in the UK. This was the second 12″ released for the song “Apollo 9″ by Adam Ant. This 12″ included remixes by French producer and DJ François Kevorkian.

What You Need” is a song recorded by the Australian band INXS. It is the leadoff track from their 1985 album, Listen Like Thieves. “What You Need” was the first single off the album in Australia and New Zealand, while it was in USA and Europe the second single after “This Time” and was the band’s first American Top Ten hit, peaking at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.

“Come On Eileen” is a song by English pop group Dexys Midnight Runners, released in the UK on 25 June 1982 as a single off their album Too-Rye-Ay. It was their second #1 hit in the United Kingdom, following 1980′s “Geno”. The song was written by Kevin Rowland, “Big” Jim Paterson, and Billy Adams; it was produced by Clive Langer and Alan Winstanley.

The single was released in the UK first, peaking at #2 on 12 May 1979, unable to break Art Garfunkel’s 6-week stint at #1 with “Bright Eyes”. In August of that same year, it was released in North America, where it eventually climbed all the way to #1 in Canada on 27 October and in the US on 3 November.