WHERE ARE THEY NOW? The Reynolds Girls

Pink Floyd, Dire Straits, Fleetwood Mac they came, they conquered. The Reynolds Girls…hmm!

1989-2019: Thirty Years of “I’d Rather Jack”

by Christopher Smith

1989. Mike Stock, Matt Aitken and Pete Waterman were dominating the charts the world over with their own, unique brand of high-NRG pop. “You Spin Me Round”, “Venus”, “Never Gonna Give You Up” and “I Should Be So Lucky” had all been global smash hits. Within the space of three years, the hit making trio had made stars of Rick Astley, Sinitta, Mel and Kim and worked with established acts such as Bananarama.

1988 would add another name to that list. Her name was Kylie. That year would bring even bigger successes and record sales than the previous and 1989 would be the biggest of all. Seven of the years number one’s came from the PWL/SAW hit factory, spending a total of 16 weeks at the top. New acts included Sonia, Big Fun and disco queen Donna Summer, and a new duo from Liverpool. Two sisters hopeful of musical stardom and a slice of that oh so sweet cake.

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The Reynolds Girls are Linda (born 1970) and Aisling (born 1972) who were born and brought up in Liverpool. The sisters were signed to PWL records after sending Pete Waterman a demo tape.

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In mid February their debut single “I’d Rather Jack” was released. Lyrically the song was written as a response to critics who ignored younger pop acts of the time, as demonstrated in the second verse:

“Can’t they see that every generation
Has music for its own identity?”

Despite the fact the song was voted the 91st worst pop record of all time in a poll conducted in 2003, “I’d Rather Jack” was a big hit, climbing the UK top 40 to peak at No.8 and selling over 100,000 copies. It also charted top ten in Ireland, The Netherlands and Belgium, and made No.43 in Australia.

A follow up single called “Get Real” was recorded and released but sold just a few dozen copies. And so ended the Reynolds Girls career.

That was thirty years ago…

Perhaps if you know where Linda and Aisling ‘jack’ or you are a Reynolds Girl yourself, then please let us know…we would love to hear from you!

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!

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