Andrea True Connection

COVER vs ORIGINAL: ‘More, More, More’

The song, “More, More, More” was originally recorded by Andrea True Connection in 1976

American songwriter Gregg Diamond (1949-1999) wrote the repetitive disco classic “More, More, More” in 1976 for porn actress-cum-singer Andrea Truden (1943-2011) aka Andrea True aka Andrea True Connection. It was the title track of her debut album and the third single released from it in February and it became her biggest and best known song, reaching No.4 on the US singles chart, No.5 in the UK and a huge hit the rest of the world over.

The song has been recorded by the likes of Dannii Minogue, Samantha Fox and Norwegian singer Dagny, but two versions are of note. The first came from cover-version-friendly British female group Banananrama in 1993. By now reduced to a duo, Sara Dallin and Keren Woodward recorded the song with hitmakers Mike Stock and Pete Waterman in 1992 for their album “Please Yourself”. It was released as a single in March 1993 and made No.24 in the UK.

The other noteworthy version came from former S Club member Rachel Stevens in 2003, who covered “More, More, More” for her debut solo album, “Funkydory”. Her version was released as the fourth and final single from the album in October 2004 and reached No.3 in the UK, the highest chart position attained by the song in that country.

But which version is the best? ANDREA TRUE’s original, BANANARAMA’s cover or RACHEL STEVEN’s cover?

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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!