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Wired for Sound

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Released  11 September 1981
Release date  September 1981
Label  EMI Electrola
Artist  Cliff Richard
Genre  Adult contemporary
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Wired for Sound (1981)  Now You See Me, Now You Don't (1982)
Producer  Alan Tarney (except on "Daddy's Home" which was recorded live)
Similar  Always Guaranteed, I'm No Hero, I'm Nearly Famous, Every Face Tells a Story, Rock 'n' Roll Juvenile

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Wired for Sound is a studio album by Cliff Richard, released in August 1981. The album peaked at number 4 in the UK album charts upon release, and spent a total of 25 weeks on the chart in 1981–82. The album was certified Platinum by the BPI and achieved sales over one million globally. In Canada it was the 100th most successful album of the year.


The title track was released as the lead single of the album, and was followed up by a cover of Shep and the Limelites 1961 US doo-wop hit, "Daddy's Home". The singles peaked at number 4 and 2 respectively on the UK singles chart. "Daddy's Home" was held off number 1 for 4 weeks running by the Human League's "Don't You Want Me", but earned gold certification from the BPI for sales over half a million. The track was recorded live on 1 May 1981 at the Hammersmith Odeon, for a rock 'n' roll special to be broadcast later by BBC Television.

"Broken Doll" is a cover of a Wreckless Eric single from 1980. Reportedly, Richard also wanted to record Eric's "(I'd Go The) Whole Wide World" too, but only if he could change some of the lyrics - which Eric refused. "Young Love" was given new lyrics and retitled "The Last Kiss" for a cover version by David Cassidy with George Michael. It was released as the lead single for Cassidy's 1985 album Romance, becoming a top ten hit in the UK and Germany. "Once in a While" was originally recorded by Leo Sayer on his 1980 album Living in a Fantasy, and was also released as a single in the UK and Australia.

The promotional video for the title track is one of Richard's best-known, and was filmed around the centre of Milton Keynes, the new town in Buckinghamshire that was developed after the Second World War. It features Richard walking around and on rollerskates, while listening to music on a Walkman cassette player; such devices were then newly available in the UK.

A remastered version of the album was issued in July 2001, with the B-sides of both singles included as bonus tracks.

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Track listing

All songs written and composed by Alan Tarney except where indicated.

Side one
  1. "Wired for Sound" (Tarney, B. A. Robertson) – 3:36
  2. "Once in a While" – 4:38
  3. "Better Than I Know Myself" (Dave Cooke, Judy MacKenzie) – 3:39
  4. "Oh No, Don't Let Go" – 3:37
  5. "'Cos I Love That Rock 'n' Roll" – 4:10
Side two
  1. "Broken Doll" (Eric Goulden, Walter Hacon) – 4:15
  2. "Lost in a Lonely World" (Chris Eaton) – 4:01
  3. "Summer Rain" (Eaton) – 4:15
  4. "Young Love" – 4:03
  5. "Say You Don't Mind" – 4:01
  6. "Daddy's Home" (live) (James Sheppard, William Miller) – 2:56
2001 reissue bonus tracks
  1. "Shakin' All Over" (live) (Frederick Heath) (B-side of "Daddy's Home") – 2:43
  2. "Hold On" (B-side of "Wired for Sound") – 3:43


  • Cliff Richard – vocals and backing vocals
  • John Clark – guitar on "Lost in a Lonely World"
  • Nick Glennie-Smith – piano on "Young Love", engineer
  • Graham Jarvis – drums on all tracks except "Once in a While", "Summer Rain" and "Young Love"
  • Trevor Spencer – drums on "Once in a While", "Summer Rain" and "Young Love"
  • Alan Tarney – all instruments except those listed in credits, backing vocals, arrangements, production
  • Rebecca Swearingen - photography
  • Songs

    1Wired for Sound3:40
    2Once in a While4:42
    3Better Than I Know Myself3:44


    Wired for Sound Wikipedia