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COVER vs ORIGINAL: ‘Self Control’

The song, “Self Control”, was originally recorded by Raf in 1984

80’s pop classic “Self Control” was co-written by Giancarlo Bigazzi (1940-2012) and singer Raffaele “Raf” Riefoli (b.1959) and released as his debut single in June 1984. The song topped the Italian singles chart, becoming the third biggest seller of the year, as well as being a top ten hit across mainland Europe.

Only months later, US singer Laura Branigan (1952-2004) recorded the song and made it a huge hit globally, reaching No.4 in America, No.5 in the UK and a number one in six countries, including Switzerland, where Raf’s original had also peaked! Laura’s version made No.29 in Raf’s home country.

But whose version is the best? RAF’s original or LAURA’s cover?

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