Piece Of The Action - Single




'Piece Of The Action' is the second single released by the UK group Bucks Fizz.  Following on the bands initial success with the Eurovision winning song of 'Making Your Mind Up' the bands record company, who had initially signed the band to an album deal, were keen to release a follow up single. 

Executive with RCA Records, Bill Kimber, was keen to see Bucks Fizz continue successfully, as he later recalled,

'One thing that happens with Eurovision groups is that they have one single as a result of the contest and then they quickly throw out another single, which isn't good enough and everybody forgets them.  With Bucks Fizz we worked very hard to get a song that was strong and had good value, radio-wise, commercially and was well produced.'

With Shirley remaining as the group's manager, Hill as producer and Martin as co-songwriter they worked with record company Bill Kimber, to find the next single.  Both Kimber and Hill went through a number of songs and eventually decided on 'Piece Of The Action'.

'Piece of The Action' had already been recorded by the group, prior to the contest, and was seen as the perfect pop vehicle to move the band from the Rock 'n'n Roll format of 'Making Your Mind Up'.  Recorded as a rough demo the single was then recorded amid promotional tours while the bands image was being revamped.  The single was completed by 24th April 1981 at the Mayfair Studios in London.  this was placed on a master tape along with the singles B-side 'Took It To The Limit' and a potential album track 'Getting Kinda Lonely'.

'Piece Of The Action' was released on the 17th May 1981. The song boasted a contemporary pop sound and high production values, in contrast to the style of the previous single.  As Baker has stated

'Our Follow-up single was nothing at all like 'Making Your Mind Up', it was a good, strong contemporary pop song'.

The song's lyrics concern a man who is desperate to gain the attention of a woman to be part of her exciting life.  The promotional video of the song features the group in a variety of outfits and performing the routine in a night club-like setting.  Much thought was put into the image for the group at this time, with the group's creator, Nicola Martin, deciding on khaki, rather than jean or leather as it was not so obvious and was currently in fashion.  The band wore this for the night club scene in the video and also for the bands soon to be released album cover.

'Piece Of The Action' became an immediate hit and quickly rose to number 12 in the UK Singles Charts, during a nine week run and was certified silver, making it the most successful follow-up to a Eurovision song by an artist in the UK.  The single also charted highly across Europe as well as in Australia and New Zealand. 

A piece of trivia is that 'Piece Of The Action' was also covered by the Bay City Rollers in 1983 as a Japanese-only single release with the B-Side being 'Seen This Movie'.

Single Information

7 inch Single

A-Side - Piece Of The Action

B-Side - Took It To The Limit

Written By - Andy Hill (Track A and B), Nichola Martin (Track B)

Producer - Andy Hill

Produced For - Big Note Music Production Ltd

Label - RCA Records

Cat Number - RCA 88


Single formats

Year

Country

Label

Cat. Number

1981

Germany

RCA, RCA Victor

PB 5366

 

Netherlands

RCA, RCA BV Holland

RCA-88

 

Belgium

RCA Victor

RCA 5366

 

Australia

RCA

103841

 

New Zealand

RCA

RCA PB 5366


Chart Placing

Country

Chart Placing

Ireland

10

The Netherlands

26

Austria

11

Germany

35

Australia

26

New Zealand

31



Chart Stats:

Artist: Bucks Fizz
Title: Piece Of The Action
Type: Single
Entered chart on 6/6/1981 at number 57
Most recent chart entry on 1/8/1981 at number 53
Chart Appearances: 9
Highest Position: 12

06/06/1981NE57
13/06/19813225
20/06/1981817
27/06/1981512
04/07/1981-113
11/07/1981-215
18/07/1981-116
25/07/1981-1834
01/08/1981-1953

Lyrics


I feel so lonely when I’m left at home
And I know you're having fun
With all the other boys in town
Why am I the only one?
I'm a first-class loser
That you don't wanna have around

I keep calling in the dead of night
Until you say you're gonna start treating me right

And well I know it sounds funny
But I don't want to be in love
Just want a piece of the action
And there's no amount of money
That could ever be too much
To get a piece of the action
(To get a piece of the action)
To get a piece of the action
(Just want a piece of the action)
To get a piece of the action

Little by little
I’m beginning to learn
You're a many man woman
And it's heavy on my mind
Any time you wanted love
You just snap your fingers
And it's not very hard to find

I don't wanna tie you down
But it'd be so good with you around

And well I know it sounds funny
But I don't want to be in love
Just want a piece of the action
And there's no amount of money
That could ever be too much
To get a piece of the action
(To get a piece of the action)
To get a piece of the action
(Just want a piece of the action)
To get a piece of the action

I don't want to be the life of the party
I just want a little excitement, playin' 'round...

And well I know it sounds funny
But I don't want to be in love
Just want a piece of the action
And there's no amount of money
That could ever be too much
To get a piece of the action


Videos

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Bucks Fizz - Piece Of The action - Performance German TV

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Bucks Fizz - Piece Of The Action - Dedication Mix

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Bucks Fizz - Piece Of The Action - Australian Countdown

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Bucks Fizz - Piece Of The Action - UK single Back Cover

Bucks Fizz - Piece Of The Action - German Single Front Cover

Bucks Fizz - Piece Of The Action - New Zealand Single Front Cover


Bay City Rollers - Piece Of The Action - Japanese single Front Cover




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