The Land Of Make Believe - Single



In late 1981, Andy Hill, with former King Crimson member Peter Sinfield came up with the fourth Bucks Fizz single, entitled 'the Land Of

Make Believe'.  Lyrics were written by Sinfield while Hill provided the music and was the singles producer while the single features a strong

melody.


The lyrics are based on a child's dream where ghostly voices lure the child to a world where everything is bright and happy, but the child 

resists. Characters Superman and Captain Kid are referenced within the lyrics.


Despite the apparent sugar-coated style of the single, Sinfield later claimed that the song was a subtle attack on Margaret Thatcher and her 

government's policy at the time. 


The close of the song features a nursery rhyme narrated by Abby Kimber, who was the 11 year old daughter of Bill Kimber, an executive of 

RCA Records.  This was an original piece, penned by Sinfield and read;

 

"I've got a friend who came to tea,

And no-one else can see but me,

He came today, but had to go,

To visit you? You never know"

 


At the time of the singles release, radio stations were instructed to fade the song before the narration.


The single was released on 14th November 1981 and by Christmas it had reached the number 5 for the Christmas charts.  The following week 

it climbed to number 2 in the charts.  On 16th January 1982 'The Land Of Make believe' overtook the Human League's 'Don't You Want Me' to 

reach the number 1 spot where it stayed there for two weeks and remained in the UK Singles Charts for a total of 16 weeks.  This single 

became the group's biggest selling single in the UK and outsold their Eurovision single 'Making Your Mind Up'  and made it to number 41 on 

the biggest selling singles of the 80's.. 


'The Land Of Make Believe' had also made it to number 1 in the Netherlands and Ireland and became the group's best selling single in 

Germany, where it made it to number 3.  In France the single also made it to number 3 while it made it to number 7 in Austria. In Australia 

the single made it to number 15 while also making it to number 44 in New Zealand.  The song was also the groups debut single in the US but 

was unsuccessful there.


During the recording of the single, Mike Nolan expressed reservations for the song and told producer Andy Hill that it would not be a hit and 

probably would spell the end of the band.  However, Hill told Nolan that Bobby G and Cheryl Baker had already recorded their parts of the 

song and had said that their really liked it.  Nolan later admitted that his judgement was obviously wrong.  Bobby G had also spent an 

afternoon recording harmonies for the middle 8 of the song, but after he left the studio, the engineer accidentally wiped the tape and the vocal 

part was never re-recorded.


The music video to the single was filmed at White City, London swimming baths.  It begins in a black and white bedroom, with Cheryl Baker 

waking up, and in reference to the film, The Wizard Of Oz, the picture changes to colour.  Baker's clothes are then transformed by a Fairy 

Godmother in the style of Cinderella.  Baker walks from everyday life, through a gap into a winter wonderland and has to push her way 

through fir trees, in reference to The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe.  the remaining video consists of the groups performing the song, 

inter cut with brief fantastical scenes. 


Jay Aston, chose the costumes for the video shoot with the female costumes from Kahn & Bell on London's King's Road and the male 

costumes from Boy.  The outfits cost between £50 and £120each and were used in television appearances for the song as well as many photo-

shoots.  Aston has since remarked that it was one of her favourite looks for the band and in reference to hers and Baker's costume said "we 

were ten years ahead of Madonna with the cone boobs".  British disc jockey Mark Goodier, featured as an extra in the video.


The song has since been hailed as a Eighties Classic and is regarded as the group's best song by critics.  The Record Mirror stated 'Prejudices 

and preconceptions aside, it's an excellent record and a worthy successor to 'Don't You Want Me' at the top of the charts'.  Smash Hits called 

the song 'sheer genius'.


'The Land Of Make Believe' remains a firm fan favourite and members Bobby G and Cheryl Baker have both named it as the best of their own 

songs.  The single was many times used as the closing number of Bucks Fizz's concerts.  During their 1984 tour, a lighting effect to simulate 

falling snow, was used to signify the festival feel of the song due to its Christmas-time release.


The song was later included on the group's second album 'Are You Ready' and was later released in a remixed form in 1991, as a bootleg 

single.  A similar version of this was included on a compilation album released in 2005, while a more recent remix of the song was featured on 

the group's 2008 album 'The Lost Masters 2 - The Final Cut' The singles B-Side was a ballad entitled 'Now Your Gone' and featured lead vocals 

by Cheryl Baker.  The song featured the chorus line of 'It doesn't feel like Christmas now you're gone' and remains the only festival-themed 

song recorded by the group.  An alternate ending to this song was featured as a hidden track on 'the Lost Masters 2 - The Final Cut'.


The single has been covered by a number of artists over the years.  Celin Dion recorded her version in 1983.  Translated into French the song 

was called 'A Quatre pas D'ici'.  German singer Elke Best recorded a German language version entitled 'Land der Phantasie' in 1982 while 

Brazilian girl group Harmony Cats recorded a Portugase version called 'Terra do Faz de Conta'.  Minipops also recorded their version in 1982 

while in 2002 the British band allSTARS* released their own version.  The single was faster than the original with a more euro pop sound.  

The single performed to moderate success, achieving allSTARS* highest UK Chart position of Number 9.

 

Single Information:

7 inch Single

A-Side - The Land Of Make Believe

B-Side - Now You're Gone

Label - RCA

Cat Number - RCA 163

 

7 inch Single - Limited Edition Wall Frieze with Happy Christmas Outer sleeve

Cat Number - RCA 163

This version came with an outer sleeve containing the words 'Happy Christmas' and a photo of the band and included a 7" x 35" wall frieze.  The inner packaging is identical to the normal release

 

Other Formats:

German 7 inch Single - PB 5437

Label - RCA

A-Side - the Land Of Make Believe

B-Side - Now You're Gone

 

German 12 inch Single - German Only Release

Label - RCA

Cat. Number - PC 5471

A-Side - The Land Of Make believe

B- Side - Midnight Reservation

B- Side - Now You're Gone

 

Netherland 7 inch Single

Label - RCA

Cat Number - RCA 163

 

Belgium 7 inch Single

Label - RCA Victor

Cat Number - PB 5437

 

Australia and new Zealand 7 inch Single

Label - RCA Limited Australia and New Zealand, RCA Victor

Cat. Number - 103913

 

Canada 7 inch Single

Label - RCA

Cat Number - PB-50664


US 7 inch Single

Label - RCA Records New York

Cat. Number - PB 13299

 

Spanish 7 inch Single

Label - RCA

Cat. Number - PB 5437

 

Written by

The Land Of Make Believe - Andy Hill, Pete Sinfied

Now You're Gone - Andy Hill, Nicola Martin

Midnight Reservation - Andy hill, Pete Sinfield

Producer - Andy Hill

Produced for - Big Note Music Productions Ltd



In 1986 the single was re-released on the Gold Label.  The B-Side was the bands first single 'Making Your Mind Up'.  The two tracks were again released in 1996 in CD format.  The single did not chart.

Single Formats:

A-Side - Land Of Make Believe
B-Side - Making Your Mind Up

7 Inch Single
Label: Old Gold 2
Cat Number - OG 1617

CD Single (1996)
Label - Old Gold 2
Cat Number - 12623 63582





Chart States

Artist: Bucks Fizz
Title: The Land Of Make Believe
Type: Single
Entered chart on 28/11/1981 at number 48
Most recent chart entry on 13/03/1982 at number 70
Chart Appearances: 16
Highest Position: 1

28/11/1981NE48
05/12/19811335
12/12/19811124
19/12/19811410
26/12/198155
02/01/1982 5
09/01/198232
16/01/198211
23/01/1982 1
30/01/1982-12
06/02/1982-24
13/02/1982-59
20/02/1982-1019
27/02/1982-1231
06/03/1982-1748
13/03/1982-2270



Lyrics

Stars in your eyes, little one
Where do you go to dream?
To a place we all know
To the land of make believe

Shadows, tapping at your window
Ghostly voices whisper
‘Will you come and play?’
Not for all the tea in China
Or the corn in Carolina
Never... never ever
They're running after you, babe!

Run for the sun, little one
You're an outlaw once again
Time to change
Superman will be with us while he can
In the land of make believe

Something nasty in your garden's
Waiting patiently 'til it can have your heart
Try to go, but it won't let you
Don't you know it's out to get you?
Running...keep on running
They're running after you, babe!

Run for the sun, little one
You're an outlaw once again
Time to change
Superman will be with us while he can
In the land of make believe

Your world is turning, from night to day
Your dream is burning far away...

Into the blue, you and I
To the circus in the sky
Captain Kid's on the sand
With the treasure close at hand
In the land of make believe

Run for the sun, little one
You're an outlaw once again
Time to change
Superman will be with us while he can
In the land of make believe

I've got a friend who comes to tea,
And no-one else can see, but me,
He came today, but had to go,
To visit you? You never know.


Videos

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Bucks Fizz - The Land Of Make Believe - TOTP Performance

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Bucks Fizz - The Land Of Make Believe - Christmas TOTP Performance

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Bucks Fizz - the Land of Make Believe - Extended Version

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Bucks Fizz - Recording The Spanish Version of The Land Of Make Believe

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Bucks Fizz - On GMTV Performing The Land Of Make Believe

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Bucks Fizz - The Land Of Make Believe - UK 7 inch single Back Cover


Bucks Fizz - UK 7 inch single Gate-fold Front Sleeve


Bucks Fizz - UK Limited Edition 7 inch Gate-fold sleeve Inner sleeve


Bucks fizz - The Land Of Make Believe - UK Gate-fold Sleeve


Bucks Fizz - The Land of Make Believe - Limited Edition UK Wall Frieze - Complete


Below is the separate segments of the wall frieze






German Mai 12 inch single Front cover


Spanish 7 inch single front cover



Spanish 7 inch single Back cover



US 7 inch single Front Cover


US 7 inch single Back cover


Bucks Fizz - Promotional Poster for the single The Land of Make Believe




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