Sun. Dec. 05, 2021

Real Thing – Foot Tappin’ (Extended Version)

This Beat is Mine: Real Thing – Foot Tappin’ (Extended Version) (Calibre Records)

I just got to hear about the sudden passing of Real Thing‘s singer Eddie Amoo during the weekend. And I couldn’t help remembering the good time I had listening to their music. Rather than comin’ with their famous ‘You To Me Are Everything’, I thought about something that could embody the undeniable appeal of their jams. With the infectious ‘Foot Tappin” instantly comin’ to my mind. Even though I could have gone with ‘Can You Feel The Force?’, but you’ve already mentioned it on the site…

‘Foot Tappin” most likely had everything one could find on the hottest grooves at the time. Blending Disco inherited string lines over a bumpin’ bass-driven rhythm pattern going percussive at times. Meanwhile comin’ up with a catchy vocoderized vocal hook. Therefore showcasing the talent of both Chris and Eddie Amoo in the producers’ seat…

With deepest thoughts to Eddie‘s family and friends in this sad circumstances…

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Real Thing saw the light in Liverpool by the dawn of the 70’s. Formerly known as The Sophisticated Soul Brothers, they got their name after a Coca Cola neon sign which their manager saw while waiting at a light in traffic. A fortet comprising vocalists Chris Amoo, Dave Smith, Eddie Amoo, Ray Lake and Kenny Davis, they spent their first 2 years on the cabaret circuit.

Real Thing released their debut-single – ‘Vicious Circle – back in 1972 on Bell Records. They then signed a record deal with EMI the year after. But their peak time would come after signing with Pye Records in 1975. A move which got them to work with producers Ken Gold and Mickey Denne. By that time, Eddie Amoo replaced Kenny Davis and the group eventually toured with David Essex. They scored their biggest success the year after with the #1 hit ‘You To me Are Everything’. A song which most likely established them on the then emerging Soul/Disco scene. Other cuts worth the mention including ‘Can You Feel The Force?’ back in 1978. But also ‘Saint Or Sinner’ (1979). Not to mention the James Mtume and Reggie Lucas produced ‘She’s A Groovy Freak’ after they switched to Calibre Records in 1980. Then ‘Foot Tappin” which Chris and Eddie Amoo produced in 1981.

Real Thing briefly collaborated with Johnny Bristol on ‘Love Takes Tears’ in 1982. Then with Nick Martinelli on ‘We Got Love’ after signing a record deal with RCA.
Chris and Eddie Amoo also happened to write and produce ‘In The Sky’, Loose Ends‘ debut-single, back in 1982. And they also wrote the vibrant ‘Children Of The Ghetto’ which Philip Bailey covered in an outstanding way 2 years later…

Real Thing enjoyed extra recognition in 1986 with the remixing of some of their hits. From ‘You To Me Are Everything’ to ‘Can You Feel The Force?’

Eddie Amoo sadly passed in a sudden way, aged 74, on Feb. 23, 2018 while in Australia.

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