1981: The Land of Make Believe by Bucks Fizz

Composed by Andy Hill and Pete Sinfield. Recorded by Bucks Fizz for their second studio album, Are You Ready? According to co-composer Pete Sinfield, the song was a subtle attack on then British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and her government’s policies at the time. During the recording, Bucks Fizz band member Mike Nolan expressed reservations for the song and told co-composer / producer Andy Hill that it would not be a hit and it would probably be the end for the band. However, Andy Hill told Mike Nolan that Bobby G and Cheryl Baker had already recorded their parts of the song and had said that they really liked it. Mike Nolan later admitted that his judgement was obviously wrong. The music video was filmed at White City Swimming Baths in London, UK. It begins with Bucks Fizz member Cheryl Baker waking up in a black and white bedroom and, as in the film The Wizard of Oz, the picture changes to colour. Cheryl Baker’s clothes are then transformed by a Fairy Godmother, in the style of Cinderella. She then walks from everyday life through a gap into a winter wonderland and has to push her way through fir trees, in reference to The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe, before joining the rest of the band on stage. The costumes for the video were chosen by band member Jay Aston and cost between £50 and £120 each. In an interview, Jay Aston said that the look created was one of her favourites for Bucks Fizz and, in regards to the costumes worn by her and Cheryl Baker, she said “we were ten years ahead of Madonna with the cone boobs.”

Weekly Chart History (1981)Peak Position
Australia15
Austria7
Belgium1
Germany (West)3
Ireland1
Netherlands1
New Zealand44
United Kingdom1