The Game of Love (Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders song)


"The Game of Love"
Single by Wayne Fontana and The Mindbenders
from the album The Game of Love
B-side"Since You've Been Gone"
ReleasedJanuary 22, 1965 (UK)
February 1965 (US)
GenreBeat, garage rock, blues rock
Length2:04
LabelFontana
Songwriter(s)Clint Ballard Jr.
Wayne Fontana and The Mindbenders singles chronology
"Um, Um, Um, Um, Um, Um"
(1964)
"The Game of Love"
(1965)
"Just a Little Bit Too Late"
(1965)

"The Game of Love" is a 1965 song by Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders, released in the United States as "Game of Love".

Contents

Track listing


Original version

Side A
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."The Game Of Love"C. Ballard Jr2:04
Side B
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
2."Since You've Been Gone"Eric Stewart, Glyn Ellis, Bob Lang1:55

US re-pressing

Side A
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Game Of Love"C. Ballard Jr2:04
Side B
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
2."One More Time"Stewart, Ellis2:06

Chart history


The song reached No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 week of April 24, 1965 and No. 2 on the UK Singles Chart in February 1965.

Tex Pistol version


"The Game of Love"
Single cover
Single by Tex Pistol
from the album Nobody Else
B-side
  • "Boot Heel Drag" (12" only)
  • "W.11 to Whangaroa Bay"
Released1987
GenrePop, rock
LabelPagan Records
Songwriter(s)Clint Ballard Jr.
Producer(s)Ian Morris
Tex Pistol singles chronology
"The Game of Love"
(1987)
"Nobody Else"
(1988)
Music video
"Game of Love " at NZ on Screen

The song was covered in 1987 by New Zealand musician Ian Morris, under the stage name Tex Pistol[11] and released as "The Game of Love".

Background

Morris was looking for a "more commercial" follow up to his Tex Pistol debut single "The Ballad of Buckskin Bob". He had begun work on a cover of The Underdog's "Sitting In The Rain" when advertising music collaborator Jim Hall suggested "The Game of Love" as a good song to cover. Morris "immediately knew how it would sound". He credits its success to "a combination of technology of the time and a good simple song".[12]

The song is notable for its unusual drum sound. Morris had been working on the audio for a card ad at the time. His curiosity piqued by a supplied video clip of a racecar going over a hill, Morris recorded the sound, sped it up, and mixed it with a clip of a snare drum.[13][14]

The song also features Callie Blood, Morris's later collaborator on advertising jingles, on backing vocals.

Track listing

Side A
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."The Game of Love"C. Ballard Jr 
Side B
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
2."Boot Heel Drag" (12" release only)  
3."W.11 to Whangaroa Bay"Morris 

Charting and awards

The song went to number 1 on the New Zealand music charts.[15] According to Morris's brother Rikki Morris, the song was a surprise hit and so the 500 pressed copies sold out, meaning that the single hit number one but could not remain there.[14]

The reworking of the song gave Morris a 1987 RIANZ award for best engineer and a nomination for best producer. The song was accompanied by a video by then-teenager Paul Middleditch that was also nominated for best video and is now considered one of the highlights of New Zealand 80s music-video making.[16]

References


  1. ^ "RPM Top Singles - Volume 3, No. 11 May 10, 1965" . bac-lac.gc.ca. Retrieved 10 March 2020.
  2. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Game of Love" . Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved January 17, 2020.
  3. ^ "Mindbenders single" . offiziellecharts.de. Retrieved 10 March 2020.
  4. ^ "SA Charts 1965–March 1989" . Rock.co.za. 4 June 1965. Retrieved 21 January 2020.
  5. ^ "game of love | full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company" . Officialcharts.com.
  6. ^ Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955–1990 - ISBN 0-89820-089-X
  7. ^ "Cash Box Top 100 4/17/65" . Cashboxmagazine.com.
  8. ^ "Sixties City - Pop Music Charts - Every Week Of The Sixties" . Sixtiescity.net.
  9. ^ "Top 100 Hits of 1965/Top 100 Songs of 1965" . Musicoutfitters.com.
  10. ^ "Cash Box Year-End Charts: Top 100 Pop Singles, December 25, 1965" . Archived from the original on May 10, 2017. Retrieved January 21, 2020.
  11. ^ "Archived copy" . Archived from the original on 2009-04-25. Retrieved 2009-06-16.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  12. ^ "Ian Morris on Musical Chairs: Part 2" . Radio New Zealand. Retrieved 11 November 2012.
  13. ^ Morris, Ian. "A Tale of Two Snare Drums" . IG Music. Archived from the original on May 2, 2016. Retrieved 14 November 2012.
  14. ^ a b "Rikki Morris on Musical Chairs" . Radio New Zealand. Retrieved 11 November 2012.
  15. ^ "Game of Love: Charting" . Charts.nz. Retrieved 24 October 2012.
  16. ^ "The Game of Love" . NZ On Screen. Retrieved 24 October 2012.







Categories: 1964 songs | 1965 singles | 1987 singles | The Mindbenders songs | Songs written by Clint Ballard Jr. | Fontana Records singles | Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles | Cashbox number-one singles | Number-one singles in New Zealand




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