Loose Ends ‎– Hangin' On A String (Contemplating) (Extended Dance Mix)

Virgin ‎– VS 748 12
Vinyl, 12", 45 RPM


A Hangin' On A String (Contemplating) (Extended Dance Mix) 6:00
B A Little Spice 5:08

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Produced by Nick Martinelli for Watchout Productions
P 1985 Virgin Records Ltd. Manufactured in the UK

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  • Matrix / Runout: Machine stamped VS74812 A-1U-1-2
  • Matrix / Runout: Machine stamped VS74812 B-1U-1


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May 14, 2017
Classic cut that I remember from Inner City Radio (full FM stereo) and John Leech on Essex Radio in the late 80s. Don't think many of my mates were listening to this sort of jam back then,


December 5, 2008

DJs from the 80s are probably sick of this record. To some, it probably sums up that era and could even be dismissed by others as 'wine-bar music' to play next to 'Your Love Is King'. To me, this is unbeatable and one of the few records to always stay in my constantly rearranged 'Top 5 of all-time' list. It's been played to death and the video still makes me cringe but its a total killer. How such a dark and unconventional arrangement of a tune could make it so big in the pop charts is almost amusing. Nick Martinelli, together with David Todd, was responsible for some of the best boogie/disco remixes of the early 80s but this is him on a solo trip displaying how much of a deep talent he was/is. Make mine a Snakebite please, barman.


December 20, 2006
edited over 11 years ago

This is without a doubt one of the greatest dance records ever made. Pure gold. Considered, soulful and timelessly relevant, I personally rank it up there with the likes of Michael Jackson's 'Billy Jean' and Madonna's 'Into the groove’; such is its infectious capacity to appeal to the wider audience in general. Regrettably for Loose Ends, it never managed to replicate the commercial success of either, success that this track so rightly deserved.

It was a bit of a slow burner upon its release and didn’t do that well in the regular music charts. However, it did do well in the smaller R&B charts of the time on both sides of the Atlantic and was more than likely positioned within easy reach of many DJs boxes such were the likely number of requests to hear it. However, the wider impact of this record was to have a more significant effect on other like minded artist who sought to replicate Loose Ends rich, smooth, soulful sound into their own projects and production techniques. Hanging on a string can therefore be considered as being both a prominent catalyst and noteworthy inspiration for the soulful British music revival that came about in the following years, with acclaimed acts like Soul ll Soul and Lisa Stansfield being the most obvious exponents of this sound.

While many music lovers will be familiar with this track, fewer probably own it. While most of those 80's DJ's are now probably considering retirement, perhaps the time is now right for a new, younger generation to re-discover Hanging On A String and give it the justice it still deserves. Let’s hope so.