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DISCOGRAPHY

MINX

Produced by Christopher Neil

FORMATS
1985 UK LP: Portrait Records / PRT 26415
1985 UK cassette: Portrait Records / 40-26415
1985 UK CD: Portrait Records / CDPRT 26415
2005 UK CD reissue: Edsel / DIAB8074

Minx is currently not available digitally.

BONUS TRACKS
The 2005 CD reissue includes the two b-sides from the Don’t Fall In Love 12″ single in addition to the associated extended mixes and a previously unissued period extended mix of the third single World In Action.

Minx - Terence Donovan 2

TOYAH ON MINX
Up until 1984 my record company and various other ‘suits’ in my life had always referred to me as Maggot – to my face, which I thought was particularly brave.  As soon as producer Chris Neil came on the scene he shed a more gentle and flirtatious light upon me by calling me the Minx. Luckily it caught on and allowed me to grow up and mature into a butterfly rather than a bluebottle.

By 1984 the world had changed beyond recognition from the punky, spikey, spitting and cursing days of 1977, when my music career started. There was a shocking conservatism among artists especially women, which was only banished by Madonna with the improbable wish, ‘like a virgin’. Minx was my growing up, my first steps into maturity and my first step into large, world dominating mainstream record companies. I had left my long-term relationship with indie label Safari Records in the hope of reaching a larger market and signed to CBS’s fledgling label Portrait.

CBS, at this time was run by Maurice Oberstein. A living legend in music, who had worked with the Beatles, the Stones, the Who. Now his dream was to collect all the best female singers in the world and sign them to the one label, Portrait. He went out into the world in 1984 with a shopping list of names from Dionne Warwick to Pat Benatar, to Tina Turner to Debbie Harry and tried to buy them all.

From this came Minx and out of all the albums I have ever made, this one belongs firmly in the 80s. It is such a period piece it astonishes me. It’s that cliché that, at the time one believed you were breaking new ground, being inventive, being the first, but in truth this album is as free of its’ place in history as the mini-skirt is free of the 60’s and Glam Rock is free of the 70s.  There are albums I have made which remain fresh, competitive and relevant in present times but Minx bless it, is a granny among the young.  This isn’t to put it in a negative light, but to place it rightfully in its musical pocket. This album won me a worldwide following, in countries I had had no previous success and many put that down to the femininity of the writing and production.  Minx definitely made me more accessible and desirable to a wider audience.