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"Touch Me When We're Dancing" - a successful transition to an 80s Carpenters sound?

Discussion in 'A Song For You: The Carpenters Forum' started by Buried Alien, Jun 26, 2017.

  1. tomswift2002

    tomswift2002 Active Member

    You also have to remember that MTV only launched in August of 1981, so A&M may have only authorized certain singles to have videos. From "Passage" we have a video for Love Song but none for Sweet Smile, unless they used the segment from "Space Encounters" or another special.
  2. Rumbahbah

    Rumbahbah Active Member

    I think 'Sweet Sweet Smile' did in fact get a video, although it's soft focus-tastic:

    It's true that there wasn't a big outlet and thus much of an audience for videos back in the early 1980s. They were probably partly made for the international market to help promote the single - for instance, the video for 'Callnig Occupants' was played on Top of the Pops in the UK when the single was climbing the charts there.

    That said, shooting a video for 'Beechwood' in mid-1981 shows a clear intention for its release as a single at least somewhere in the world and most likely in the US at a later date, so someone had obviously earmarked it for release pretty much around the time of the album's release.
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  3. GaryAlan

    GaryAlan Well-Known Member

    ^^Yes, not to mention that the three MIA Videos were "taped" on the same day.
    (Commentary by Richard Carpenter--40th DVD).
    Seems most likely that Beechwood was earmarked all along to be released as a Single
    somewhere in the World. The decision to release Beechwood specifically on Karen's Birthday
    may have been Richard's decision; but they both may have decided it to be a single all along.

    Of course, that begs the question--Why no video for Want You Back In My Life Again ?
  4. Brian

    Brian Active Member

    Yes, I agree. 'Beechwood' was a very obvious attempt to recapture the success, (and sales), of 'Please Mr. Postman'. The arrangements of the two songs are similar in so many ways. However, 'Beechwood' was recorded seven or so years later than 'Postman' but hardly moved on, as well as being a throw-back to the 60s. It also didn't have the vitality, charm or appeal of 'Postman'. I think that radio and the public saw through the obvious attempt to clone 'Postman' and avoided 'Beechwood' like the plague. 'Touch Me When We're Dancing' was more original, even though it was a re-make, although it was a little sterile, robotic and over-produced and had Karen sounding feeble and listless and very 'thin' in the higher register of the choruses. Not surprising, considering her state of health. Fans embraced the come-back, up to a point, because at last a new record was available, but, on the whole, the 45s were disappointing. The only singles from the album that had a hint of the warmth of songs of the past were 'Those Good Old Dreams', (which, itself, was a semi-clone of 'Top Of the World'), and 'I Believe You', two and a half years before. Some of the album tracks were quite a bit better. Some were top-notch. Maybe the types of songs being released as singles at that stage weren't the kind that Karen excelled at or that showcased her voice.
  5. Carpe diem

    Carpe diem Well-Known Member

    Thanks for posting - I had never seen this particular video before. I do like it better than the "Space Encounters" version. General observation: Interesting to see that Karen appears to be wearing the exact same outfit that she wore during their June 1978 Tonight Show/John Davidson appearance. It is amazing how Karen transformed from an awkward, self-conscious, amateur; who did not want to leave her drum kit (example: We've Only Just Begun video) into quite a polished performer who appears to be completely poised and comfortable whether in front of a TV camera or live audience. AND at this point she is still a pleasure to look at:)!
  6. newvillefan

    newvillefan Well-Known Member

    I think this is a promotional performance on the Dutch TV show TopPop, rather than a promotional video.

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