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Racey was a Britishmarker pop group, formed in 1976 in Weston-super-Maremarker, by singer Phil Fursdon and Clive Wilson. The group was formerly known as Alive 'n' Kickin.


Racey scored a series of hit singles in the United Kingdommarker, Australia and New Zealandmarker including "Lay Your Love on Me" and "Some Girls". Their Smash and Grab album sold about 500,000 copies worldwide.

The band's hits were written and produced by Mike Chapman and Nicky Chinn. Another Chinn-Chapman song, "Kitty", was reworked and released by Toni Basil as "Mickey" in 1981; it reached Number one on the U.S.marker Billboard Hot 100 and Number 2 in the UK Singles Chart in early 1982.

Racey's first single, "Baby It's You", was penned by Smokie members Chris Norman and Pete Spencer. Their second single, "Lay Your Love on Me", was the group's first hit single, peaking at No.3 in late 1978/early 1979. The third single, "Some Girls", was written for Blondie, for whom Mike Chapman also produced, but was instead given to Racey as a follow-up to "Lay Your Love on Me".

Racey parted company with Chinn and Chapman after Smash And Grab, and the band split in 1985. Since then two separate groups named Racey exist, one featuring Richard Gower, and the other originally featuring Clive Wilson, Phil Fursdon and Pete Miller, the original bass player of Racey. Miller died of cancer on 6 May 2003.

CD with re-recordings of the original hits, and new material, are available from both of the present day versions of the group.

Richard Gower appeared in the Countdown Spectacular 2 concert series in Australia between late August and early September 2007. He sang 2 songs, "Lay Your Love On Me" and "Some Girls".

18 May 2009 sees the reissue of Racey's "Smash And Grab" album on double CD through 7Ts records (a division of Cherry Red Records in London, UK). This includes the original 1979 album, along with all other recordings made for RAK Records between 1978 and 1982 inclusive. The booklet has the original artwork, extensive sleeve notes by Steve Thorpe and many pictures of the original single sleeves from UK and foreign releases. It has been completely remastered by audio guru Tim Turan from Turan Audio in Oxford. Catalogue Number GLAM CDD 87




  • Smash And Grab (1979)
  • Some Girls (1995)
  • Say Wow! Greatest and Latest (1996)
  • Lay Your Love on Me (1996)
  • Best of Racey (2003)
  • The Best of Racey (2006)
  • Smash And Grab (2009 double CD reissue)


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