"Self Control" by Laura Branigan

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That makes me wish I got VH1 classic!

Leon the Fatboy (Ex Leon), Monday, 28 February 2005 20:16 (9 years ago) Permalink

do they leave the "suggestive orgy scene" in?

jbr (Jody Beth Rosen), Monday, 28 February 2005 20:17 (9 years ago) Permalink

How could it be any more or less suggestive than the "Wild Boys" video, say.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Monday, 28 February 2005 20:18 (9 years ago) Permalink

Dedicated Marc fan that I am, even I have to admit his version isn't a patch on Laura Branigan's. Or RAF's.

davidsim (davidsim), Monday, 28 February 2005 20:28 (9 years ago) Permalink

I don't remember so much a "suggestive orgy scene" as a "suggestive lez-up" scene while Laura is dancing (and it looks rather forced and decidedly non-sexy, but y'know...)

It makes Rick Springfield's video for "Human Touch" look like Stanley Kubrick.

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Monday, 28 February 2005 21:07 (9 years ago) Permalink

man this takes me right back to the roller rink.

teeny (teeny), Monday, 28 February 2005 21:10 (9 years ago) Permalink

Actually, it looks an awful lot like "Eyes Wide Shut," complete with horny strangers wearing masks. I'm not even joking.

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Monday, 28 February 2005 21:11 (9 years ago) Permalink

I have fond memories of this song because the first time I got to see Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Rockstar showed me this tape of film and TV clips (lots of Miami Vice, Scarface, etc...) that inspired the game set to "Self Control"

M@tt He1geson (Matt Helgeson), Monday, 28 February 2005 21:21 (9 years ago) Permalink

It saddens me that she didn't write this tune herself.

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Monday, 28 February 2005 21:23 (9 years ago) Permalink

another song this reminds me of is "touch me" by samantha fox.

jbr (Jody Beth Rosen), Monday, 28 February 2005 21:24 (9 years ago) Permalink

Even I'll suggest that it's better than that, Jody.

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Monday, 28 February 2005 21:27 (9 years ago) Permalink

Didn't Branigan also do a cover of "Der Kommisar"? Or did i dream that?

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Monday, 28 February 2005 21:27 (9 years ago) Permalink

Even I'll suggest that it's better than that, Jody.

they're about equal.

jbr (Jody Beth Rosen), Monday, 28 February 2005 21:44 (9 years ago) Permalink

"Touch Me" is shamelessly brilliant.

The Ghost of Dan Perry (Dan Perry), Monday, 28 February 2005 21:44 (9 years ago) Permalink

"i was BEGGING for you!"

jbr (Jody Beth Rosen), Monday, 28 February 2005 21:45 (9 years ago) Permalink

did Samatha Foxx have song called "Hurt Me Hurt Me (But The Pants Stay On)"? That maketh me giggle.

M@tt He1geson (Matt Helgeson), Monday, 28 February 2005 21:51 (9 years ago) Permalink

Is it the "Touch Me" video where a rapper guy steps out of nowhere to do a two-finger point into the camera and bellow, "Sa-man-tha FOX!!!!!"

If memory serves she was a "Page 3" girl.

Mark (MarkR), Monday, 28 February 2005 21:51 (9 years ago) Permalink

That video would be "Naughty Girls Need Love Too," which contains donut debonair's all time fave lyric by anyone:

"NO MORE FUN AND GAMES OF THE MOIND!"

Ned Raggett (Ned), Monday, 28 February 2005 21:57 (9 years ago) Permalink

actually mark, i think the rapper is on "I Wanna Have Some Fun". but you're OTM with the Page 3 point

ken taylrr (ken taylrr), Monday, 28 February 2005 22:04 (9 years ago) Permalink

oh, is it? shit sorry

ken taylrr (ken taylrr), Monday, 28 February 2005 22:05 (9 years ago) Permalink

I don't give a fuck about Laura Branigan, but compared to Samantha Fox, she's practically Kate Bush.

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Tuesday, 1 March 2005 00:10 (9 years ago) Permalink

After that RIP thread, I listened to this song again and surprisingly it didn't do much for me. Maybe I was confusing it with another one of hers that came earlier than that. Still haven't heard her cover of The Who's Squeeze Box. Really should seek that out.

Eyes Wide Shut was such a disappointing film.

Samantha Fox!? Ha ha. Puhleez.

I've been having these random thoughts about Pat Benatar lately, though. Have no idea why. Man I used to really love the Precious Time album. Haven't heard that in eons. Her husband was such a fabulous guitarist. Can't remember his name just now. Whoops sorry, this is a Branigan thread. Continue...

Bimble... (Bimble...), Tuesday, 1 March 2005 02:20 (9 years ago) Permalink

3 years pass...

All this talk and no video?

Eazy, Thursday, 3 April 2008 04:39 (6 years ago) Permalink

Pre-YouTube days.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 3 April 2008 04:42 (6 years ago) Permalink

Original Italo version.

Eazy, Thursday, 3 April 2008 04:43 (6 years ago) Permalink

Kind of middling until the bass solo four minutes in.

Eazy, Thursday, 3 April 2008 04:44 (6 years ago) Permalink

I only knew the two singles from childhood (was totally into them). Now I have both records and need to play them...

Nate Carson, Thursday, 3 April 2008 08:00 (6 years ago) Permalink

Whats the story with the two versions coming out practically at the same time?

baaderonixx, Friday, 4 April 2008 15:57 (6 years ago) Permalink

The Raf one was released in 1984 and was only an underground hit. Then Laura Branigan came along and recorded an inferior cover version. Which became a worldwide hit because she was American and not Italian.

Geir Hongro, Friday, 4 April 2008 23:38 (6 years ago) Permalink

i'd forgotten just how freaky the video for this song was -- mid 80s AIDS paranoia in full bloom?!?

Eisbaer, Sunday, 6 April 2008 21:07 (6 years ago) Permalink

Then Laura Branigan came along and recorded an inferior cover version...

Look, I'm as big a champion of Italo Disco as anyone, but sometimes the more popular version of a song is the better one.

Johnny Fever, Sunday, 6 April 2008 21:13 (6 years ago) Permalink

The Raf one was released in 1984 and was only an underground hit.

Hardly "underground", Geir: the Raf version entered the German singles charts at the same time as the Laura Branigan version, and sat at #2 while Laura was at #1. ("Self Control" was the biggest selling single in Germany that year, incidentally.) The Raf version did well in Italy, as well.

mike t-diva, Monday, 7 April 2008 11:13 (6 years ago) Permalink

Whereas the Branigan version ("Good single that" - D Winton) was all we got.

Although Jonathan King had a UK hit with "Gloria" three years before LB.

Dingbod Kesterson, Monday, 7 April 2008 12:43 (6 years ago) Permalink

Look, I'm as big a champion of Italo Disco as anyone, but sometimes the more popular version of a song is the better one.

In 99 out of 100 cases, the original is always better than any cover version.
Braningan's version sounded less European, more American, and it would have been better if the world hit was the Raf version instead.

Hardly "underground", Geir: the Raf version entered the German singles charts at the same time as the Laura Branigan version, and sat at #2 while Laura was at #1. ("Self Control" was the biggest selling single in Germany that year, incidentally.) The Raf version did well in Italy, as well.

Italo Disco was quite huge in those two markets, but struggled to crack the UK and US market in particular.

Geir Hongro, Monday, 7 April 2008 13:59 (6 years ago) Permalink

7 months pass...

"I!"

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 9 November 2008 01:13 (5 years ago) Permalink

I loved this song as a kid but since this thread earlier this year, I started Djing this song in Portland constantly and it always gets a great reaction. There are some pretty young metal kids here in town that now have this as their profile song on Myspace. Branigan lives!

Nate Carson, Sunday, 9 November 2008 01:40 (5 years ago) Permalink

2 years pass...

GOOD GOD, this song is immortal. It has taken up residence in my skull permanently, it would seem.

Clarke B., Tuesday, 9 August 2011 15:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

Love this song.

leave me alone, i was only zinging (rip van wanko), Tuesday, 9 August 2011 15:20 (2 years ago) Permalink

rules

ladies love draculas like children love stray dogs (ENBB), Tuesday, 9 August 2011 15:21 (2 years ago) Permalink

Classic

If Assholes Could Fly This Place Would Be An Airport, Tuesday, 9 August 2011 15:21 (2 years ago) Permalink

yes.

dell (del), Tuesday, 9 August 2011 15:25 (2 years ago) Permalink

"Gloria" also rules btw.

ladies love draculas like children love stray dogs (ENBB), Tuesday, 9 August 2011 15:31 (2 years ago) Permalink

Love both versions, but the Branigan wins for her better vocals and the 808/synth swell intro — and having the "ohohoh"s enter in the middle of the song makes it seem more epic

corey, Tuesday, 9 August 2011 15:31 (2 years ago) Permalink

in the day
nothing matters
it's the night... time that matters

CLUB PISCOPO (DJP), Tuesday, 9 August 2011 15:37 (2 years ago) Permalink

Inspired by this thread, I wanted to hear this song, so I went to Youtube and watched the video, which I'd never seen, and damn it's as unclassifiably eerie and sexy as the song.

If Assholes Could Fly This Place Would Be An Airport, Tuesday, 9 August 2011 15:44 (2 years ago) Permalink

Yeah-- impossible not to play Townshend-windmill-air-guitar when the WHOA OH OH (BWANNNGGGG) WHOA OH OH (BWANNNGGGG) part comes in.

Song never fails to make me feel completely insane in a good way.

Axolotl with an Atlatl (Jon Lewis), Tuesday, 9 August 2011 16:15 (2 years ago) Permalink

I like the line that goes "I!"

saint dominic's p4k review (Eazy), Tuesday, 9 August 2011 16:50 (2 years ago) Permalink

I am going to have this song in my head all gd day now.

AHHHHHHHHHH.

ladies love draculas like children love stray dogs (ENBB), Tuesday, 9 August 2011 16:52 (2 years ago) Permalink

I like the line that goes "I!"

yes!

dell (del), Tuesday, 9 August 2011 16:59 (2 years ago) Permalink

"I!"

― Ned Raggett, Saturday, November 8, 2008 7:13 PM (2 years ago) Bookmark

leave me alone, i was only zinging (rip van wanko), Tuesday, 9 August 2011 18:59 (2 years ago) Permalink

I want to do this at karaoke but I know it would be a DISASTER

does Red Stripe work like poppers? (Abbbottt), Monday, 23 April 2012 01:17 (2 years ago) Permalink

I want to do a karaoke reenactment of the video

aluminum rivets must not be proud of their plastic bosses (Jon Lewis), Monday, 23 April 2012 01:22 (2 years ago) Permalink

suggested Italian orgy karaoke night

does Red Stripe work like poppers? (Abbbottt), Monday, 23 April 2012 01:23 (2 years ago) Permalink

This is one of these songs that I heard maybe once or twice as a little kid and then walked around with it stuck in my head for years after. I only learnt who it was by a couple of years ago, but what a cracker!

Scary Move 4 (dog latin), Monday, 23 April 2012 11:39 (2 years ago) Permalink

just listened to the raf version... wtf there's some eurobros rappin' on this thing!!

these pretzels are makeing me horney (Hungry4Ass), Monday, 23 April 2012 11:50 (2 years ago) Permalink

go to :30

these pretzels are makeing me horney (Hungry4Ass), Monday, 23 April 2012 11:53 (2 years ago) Permalink

Clipse reinterpreted the song in their 'Counseling':

kokokeho, Monday, 23 April 2012 14:24 (2 years ago) Permalink

Wow, that hockey thing!

aluminum rivets must not be proud of their plastic bosses (Jon Lewis), Monday, 23 April 2012 15:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

SC rules as I see I stated during the last revive.

What was it with LB covering Ialian pop songs? A couple weeks ago I couldn't stop listening to the original Gloria:

wolf kabob (ENBB), Monday, 23 April 2012 15:41 (2 years ago) Permalink

Wow his performance posture is really something! It's like ectomorphic joe cocker or something!

aluminum rivets must not be proud of their plastic bosses (Jon Lewis), Monday, 23 April 2012 15:53 (2 years ago) Permalink

I can't even tell you how much I love everything about that dude. His spiffy little outfit, the jewlery, his moves - perfect.

wolf kabob (ENBB), Monday, 23 April 2012 16:02 (2 years ago) Permalink

What was it with LB covering Ialian pop songs? A couple weeks ago I couldn't stop listening to the original Gloria:

IIRC the same guy who wrote Gloria also wrote Self Control, which would explain why Branigan recorded it, as she'd already had one hit with the guy's song.

Tuomas, Monday, 23 April 2012 17:25 (2 years ago) Permalink

Whoever that guy is, I think I love him.

wolf kabob (ENBB), Monday, 23 April 2012 17:29 (2 years ago) Permalink

According to Wikipedia he's called Giancarlo Bigazzi, though he's only a co-writer of both "Gloria" and "Self Control". But I assume he's the reason Branigan chose to record the latter song.

Tuomas, Monday, 23 April 2012 17:34 (2 years ago) Permalink

Oh, looks like he died this January... :( RIP, mister songwriter.

Tuomas, Monday, 23 April 2012 17:36 (2 years ago) Permalink

Aw, man. RIP.

wolf kabob (ENBB), Monday, 23 April 2012 17:39 (2 years ago) Permalink

I want to do this at karaoke but I know it would be a DISASTER

hah this is one of my karaoke standards

y'tulip, y'pea-brained earwig (donna rouge), Monday, 23 April 2012 17:41 (2 years ago) Permalink

Apparently he also wrote Boney M's "Take the Heat Off Me", which is a cool song as well:

Tuomas, Monday, 23 April 2012 17:44 (2 years ago) Permalink

I wish I could've celebrated this guy's life more while he was actually alive.

Johnny Fever, Monday, 23 April 2012 18:06 (2 years ago) Permalink

fucklaura branigan singing the word "self" is like the 8th wonder of the world.

windjammer voyage (blank), Tuesday, 24 April 2012 04:51 (1 year ago) Permalink

"I!"

― Ned Raggett, Saturday, November 8, 2008 7:13 PM (2 years ago) Bookmark

― leave me alone, i was only zinging (rip van wanko), Tuesday, August 9, 2011 2:59 PM (4 hours ago)

the Dandy Club (Abbbottt), Tuesday, 24 April 2012 04:53 (1 year ago) Permalink

Harold Faltermeyer worked on the Branigan version.

timellison, Tuesday, 24 April 2012 05:24 (1 year ago) Permalink

i just got clocked by a couple of snare drums from this song, motherfuckers beware

windjammer voyage (blank), Tuesday, 24 April 2012 05:35 (1 year ago) Permalink


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