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Swing Out Sister

Although Swing Out Sister's music is unashamedly commercial pop, their impeccable indie credentials (keyboardist Andy Connell and drummer Martin Jackson were formerly of A Certain Ratio and Magazine, and singer Corrine Drewery had no professional experience at all before joining), jazz-tinged arrangements, and knack for clever hooks move them closer to the indie dance territory of St. Etienne or late period Everything But the Girl than to the cookie-cutter dance-pop of Kylie Minogue or Paula Abdul.

Connell and Jackson formed Swing Out Sister in their hometown of Manchester, England, in 1985 as a studio-based partnership set to refine the jazzy funk of A Certain Ratio and Magazine's quirky reimaginings of old-fashioned middle-of-the-road pop. Nottingham-born singer Drewery joined the duo just in time for their first single, "Blue Mood," in late 1985. That single didn't do much, but the follow-up, "Breakout," was a Top Ten hit in Great Britain and Japan in the fall of 1986. The trio belatedly completed debut album It's Better to Travel in 1987; its U.S. release scored a pair of hits with "Breakout" and "Twilight World." Jackson demoted himself to partial contributor on 1989's Kaleidoscope World, which emphasized the remaining duo's debt to lush '60s pop by hiring the legendary Jim Webb to arrange and conduct the orchestra. Though the singles "You on My Mind" and "Waiting Game" were U.K. hits, the album didn't attract much attention in the U.S. In Japan, however, both albums were big enough hits that a special Japan-only collection of remixes, Another Non-Stop Sister, was released in late 1989, followed by the similar Swing 3 in 1990, which also collected early B-sides and other rare tracks.

Released in 1992, Get in Touch with Yourself returned Drewery and Connell (Jackson had by this time bowed out completely) to the U.S. and U.K. charts with their cover of Barbara Acklin's "Am I the Same Girl," a '60s pop hit based on the famous instrumental "Soulful Strut" by Young-Holt Unlimited. The single was even bigger in Japan, where Swing Out Sister were by this time one of the most popular acts in the country. Another remix compilation, Swing Out Singles, and a live album, Live at the Jazz Cafe, were released in Japan that year. After 1994's The Living Return failed to chart in Great Britain, the U.K. office of Mercury Records put out 1996's The Best of Swing Out Sister but failed to release 1997's Shapes and Patterns, 1999's Filth and Dreams, or 2001's Somewhere Deep in the Night in the duo's native country -- this despite Swing Out Sister's continued success in Japan and a devoted cult following in the U.S. and Europe. EMI was the worldwide label for 2004's Where Our Love Grows. Live in Tokyo appeared a year later, followed in 2008 by Beautiful Mess, the group's ninth studio album. In 2010, Swing Out Sister issued Private View, a new album that was available exclusively through their Facebook page. The year 2012 marked the 25th anniversary of the band's debut album, It's Better to Travel, which was reissued as a deluxe two-disc set. Later that year, Private View (with two bonus tracks) saw CD release through normal distribution channels. ~ Stewart Mason
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Private View

Disc 1

1. Incomplete Without You

2. You On My Mind

4. La La Means I Love You

6. Am I The Same Girl?

7. Notgonnachange

8. Breakout (Fabulous Party Mix)

9. Mama Didnt Raise No Fool

Disc 2
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Track List: Beautiful Mess

1. Something Every Day

2. Time Tracks You Down

3. Butterfly

4. My State Of Mind

5. I'd Be Happy

6. Butterfly Lullaby

7. Secret Love (You're Invisible)

8. All I Say, All I Do

9. Out There

10. Beautiful Mess

11. Something Every Day (Little Wizard Mix)

12. Butterfly (Little Wizard Mix)

13. Something Every Day (Late Night Studio Take)

14. Breakout (Late Night Studio Take)

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Track List: Live In Tokyo

1. Surrender (Live)

2. Get In Touch With Yourself (Live)

3. La La Means I Love You (Live)

4. Sugarfree (Live)

5. Stoned Soul Picnic (Live)

6. Closer Than The Sun (Live)

7. Heaven Only Knows (Live)

8. Filth & Dreams (Live)

9. Now You're Not Here (Live)

10. Am I The Same Girl (Live)

11. Breakout (Live)

12. Twilight World (Live)

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Track List: Where Our Love Grows

1. Love Won't Let You Down

2. Where Our Love Grows

3. When The Laughter Is Over

4. Certain Shades Of Limelight

5. From My Window

6. Caipirinha

7. Where Our Love Grows (A Cappella)

8. Let The Stars Shine

9. We'll Find A Place

10. Happy Ending

11. La Source

12. Love Won't Let You Down (More Love)

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Track List: The Best Of Swing Out Sister The Millennium Collection:

1. Breakout

2. Surrender

3. Twilight World

4. You On My Mind

5. Waiting Game

6. Forever Blue

7. Notgonnachange

8. Am I The Same Girl

9. Better Make It Better

10. La La Means I Love You

11. Who's Been Sleeping

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Track List: Shapes And Patterns

1. Somewhere In The World

2. Here And Now

3. We Could Make It Happen

4. Shapes And Patterns

5. Better Make It Better

6. Something Out Of This World

7. Joe Meek's Cat

8. Stoned Soul Picnic

9. You Already Know

10. Always

11. Now You're Not Here

12. Icy Cold As Winter

13. Shapes And Patterns (Reprise)

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Track List: Get In Touch With Yourself

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Track List: Kaleidoscope World

1. You On My Mind

2. Where In The World

3. Forever Blue

4. Heart For Hire

5. Tainted

6. Waiting Game

7. Precious Words

8. Masquerade

9. Between Strangers

10. The Kaleidoscope Affair

11. Coney Island Man

12. Precious Words (Instrumental)

13. Forever Blue (String Mix)

14. Masquerade (Instrumental)

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Track List: It's Better To Travel

1. Breakout

2. Twilight World

3. After Hours

4. Blue Mood

5. Surrender

6. Fooled By A Smile

7. Communion

8. It's Not Enough

9. Theme (From Its Better To Travel)

10. Breakout (Nad Mix)

11. Surrender (Stuff Gun Mix)

12. Twilight World (Remix)

13. Communion (Instrumental)

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Track List: The Best Of Swing Out Sister

2. Breakout

3. Am I The Same Girl

4. You On My Mind

6. Where In The World

8. Ordinary People

9. Get In Touch With Yourself

10. Surrender

14. Fooled By A Smile

15. Waiting Game

16. Forever Blue

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#np Breakout (Nad Mix) by Swing Out Sister on '80s FlashBACK! Radio
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A unique sound indeed. Definitely way ahead of their time.
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Music to get lost in...
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Getting ready for work love this music gets me going and ready too deal with the public.
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BREAK OUT!!!
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Drumming on the steering wheel driving down the highway, and getting strange looks from the other truck drivers.
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I never get tired of listening to SOS!
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Toe tap'n finger snap'n Good tunes. All day long.
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GREAT BAND AND GREAT SOUND !!!!!!!!!!
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Twilight World is my favorite song from this group......
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This is a solid group whose sound remains unique.
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Now this group has come a long way since they started a lot of people don't know it but this group is influenced by classic soul and what we call steppers music here in Chicago very very very underrated band
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I really love,incompl e t e without you, what a crazy cool beat! yea!
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Twilight World my favorite SOS song such a great sound the lead vocalist is awesome.
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He seguido la musica de SOS desde sus comienzo. Adoro la voz de Corinne y el estilo soul de su musica. De todos los grupos o artistas similares SOS siempre ha sido mi favorito.
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Swing out Sister are so original and Corinne is awesome. Her voice is very soothing to me.. I've always loved them.
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Love this song.
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I think she,s great love her music.
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ageless classics.
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One of my favorites
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Love this band. So so many great memories!
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trinijr
Where Our Love Grows - The soundtrack of our move to and our 7 years in California!
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Corrine & Kirsty Hawkshaw have the greatest vocals.
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Love SOS!!!!!!
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Why isn't this on Itunes?????? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
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The vocals and music are tight!
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Corrine, will u marry me?
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Great!
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love it!
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Such a beautiful voice!!!!!!
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I love the SOS sound. It is my number 1 choice for the last few years.
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Timeless...
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I've been a fan since'92. Such an underrated group.
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lsa1953
I really love Swing Out Sister! Never get tired of their music....... .
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love the music , her voice is amazing . great talent in the UK!!!
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I live to listen to SOS...nothin g like their music, their style
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I love SOS. will have to check them next time they come to my hometown, The N.Y.C.!!!
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kia4402
Awesome group....lov e the sound! !!!!
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Corrine has one of the best voice ever. You never get tired of. She has great style and stays true to her self. What a beauty.
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Mama didn't rise no fool....very clever version...ju s t love this band.
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Man, I like the live CD/Tokyo.
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Love Swing out sister
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Very nice, love the beat. Let's get up and dance, now.
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Basia's band before she went solo. This band set the stage for her successful solo career. This band is almost as good as Basia herself.
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Love you Basia. Your concerts were terrific.
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Saw them in Boca Raton FL this summer AND got to do the VIP meet-n-greet backstage. Corrine was super nice in person, nearly as tall as me. I told her it was a lifetime goal to see her live and I got a hug to seal it! I also told the club owner to bring them back often!
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trinijr
The live album to which I was referring was the 2005 Live in Tokyo.
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trinijr
I too just saw them in Atlanta. The show was off the scale! Check their website for their current background vocalists. I believe the female vocalist (Gina) with them on their current tour is the same female backup you hear on this live album.
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cpb7265
Wow after all these years they still have it I just saw them a few days ago in Atlanta and it was great every minute of the performance.
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Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of you life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lover's name will come on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works!
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