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

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VS 748 12 Loose Ends Hangin' On A String (Contemplating) (Extended Dance Mix)(12") Virgin VS 748 12 UK 1985 Sell This Version
RS - 2277 Loose Ends Hangin' On A String (Colgando De Una Cuerda)(7", Single) RCA Victor RS - 2277 Bolivia 1985 Sell This Version
VS 748 12 Loose Ends Hangin' On A String (Contemplating) (Extended Dance Mix)(12") Virgin VS 748 12 New Zealand 1985 Sell This Version
80166 Loose Ends Hangin' On A String (Contemplating) (Extended Dance Mix)(12", Maxi) Virgin 80166 France 1985 Sell This Version
601 750, 601 750-213 Loose Ends Hangin' On A String (Contemplating) (Extended Dance Mix)(12", Single) Virgin, Virgin 601 750, 601 750-213 Europe 1985 Sell This Version
MCA-52570 Loose Ends Hangin' On A String (Contemplating) / A Little Spice(7", Single) MCA Records MCA-52570 US 1985 Sell This Version
MCA-23543 Loose Ends Hangin' On A String (Contemplating)(12") MCA Records MCA-23543 US 1985 Sell This Version
MCA-23543 Loose Ends Hangin' On A String (Contemplating)(12") MCA Records MCA-23543 US 1985 Sell This Version
VSX1256 Loose Ends Hangin' On A String (Contemplating)(12") Virgin VSX1256 Canada 1985 Sell This Version
VS 748-12DJ Loose Ends Hangin' On A String (Contemplating)(12", S/Sided, Promo) Virgin VS 748-12DJ UK 1985 Sell This Version
VS748 Loose Ends Hangin' On A String (Contemplating)(7") Virgin VS748 UK 1985 Sell This Version
90184 Loose Ends Hangin' On A String (Contemplating)(7", Single) Virgin 90184 France 1985 Sell This Version
VS1256 Loose Ends Hangin' On A String (Contemplating)(7", Single) Virgin VS1256 Canada 1985 Sell This Version
107 278, 107 278-100 Loose Ends Hangin' On A String (Contemplating)(7", Single) Virgin, Virgin 107 278, 107 278-100 Europe 1985 Sell This Version
MCA-52570 Loose Ends Hangin' On A String (Contemplating)(7", Single, Promo) MCA Records MCA-52570 US 1985 Sell This Version
VS 748-14 Loose Ends Hangin' On A String (The Mastermind Megamix)(12", Ltd) Virgin VS 748-14 UK 1985 Sell This Version
VS 748-13 Loose Ends Hangin' On A String / Silent Talking(12", Ltd) Virgin VS 748-13 UK 1985 Sell This Version
VS 74813 Loose Ends Hangin' On A String / Silent Talking(12", Promo, W/Lbl) Virgin VS 74813 UK 1985 Sell This Version
VS748 Loose Ends Hangin' On A String(7") Virgin VS748 New Zealand 1985 Sell This Version
CDT 39 Loose Ends Hangin' On A String(CD, Mini) Virgin CDT 39 UK 1988 Sell This Version
115 357, TEN 406 Loose Ends Hangin' On A String (Frankie Knuckles Remix)(7", Single) 10 Records, 10 Records 115 357, TEN 406 Europe 1992 Sell This Version
LE 001 Loose Ends Hangin' On A String(12") Not On Label (Loose Ends) LE 001 US 1992 Sell This Version
TENX 406, 615 357 Loose Ends Hangin' On A String(12") 10 Records, 10 Records TENX 406, 615 357 UK 1992 Sell This Version
TENDJ 406 Loose Ends Hangin' On A String(12", Promo) 10 Records TENDJ 406 UK 1992 Sell This Version
TEN 406, 115 357 Loose Ends Hangin' On A String(7") 10 Records, 10 Records TEN 406, 115 357 UK 1992 Sell This Version
TENCD 406, 665 357 Loose Ends Hangin' On A String(CD, Single) 10 Records, 10 Records TENCD 406, 665 357 UK 1992 Sell This Version
RS012 Loose Ends Hangin' On A String (Mastermind Megamix)(12", Unofficial) Not On Label (Loose Ends) RS012 US 2001 Sell This Version
LE 001 Loose Ends Hangin' On A String (Contemplating)(12", Promo, Unofficial) Not On Label LE 001 UK 2002 Sell This Version
LE 001 Loose Ends Hangin' On A String (Contemplating)(12", Unofficial, W/Lbl) Not On Label LE 001 UK 2002 Sell This Version
MCA-23543 Loose Ends Hangin' On A String (Contemplating)(12", RE, Unofficial) MCA Records (2) MCA-23543 Unknown Sell This Version

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Crate_Invader

Crate_Invader

December 8, 2018
referencing Hangin' On A String / Silent Talking, 12", Promo, W/Lbl, VS 74813
Labels are white on my copy, so both white and pale green label versions exist of this promo.
izakteaz

izakteaz

May 30, 2018
referencing Hangin' On A String (Contemplating) (Extended Dance Mix), 12", VS 748 12
What an amazing track. Not only its haunting sound effects in the background, the lyrics display a relationship coming apart. "Who's been changing you!?" Both parties are conflicted in their feelings about it all. It all plays out in the music from the drums to the bass and rhythm guitars. Haunting background vocals "you never told me you were waiting, contemplating...". What a great track...and the album (US Version - A Little Spice) features more delights.
teecee

teecee

May 14, 2017
referencing Hangin' On A String (Contemplating) (Extended Dance Mix), 12", VS 748 12
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,
simonali

simonali

April 21, 2012
referencing Hangin' On A String / Silent Talking, 12", Promo, W/Lbl, VS 74813
re. the pale green labels in the notes, I have this and my labels are pink with a stencilled outline of a jet liner just visible on side A. Will attempt to photograph it in the daylight and upload the image if it comes out...
lewisdene

lewisdene

August 22, 2011
referencing Hangin' On A String (Contemplating), 12", Promo, Unofficial, LE 001
This midtempo offering from the early ‘80s Brit-funkers was the forerunner to Soul II Soul’s later success, and has the distinction of being the first ever UK soul record to top the American R&B listings! Okay, history lesson over. This contemporary update has all the hallmarks of a turntable remix (e.g. the whole track’s been time stretched and set to a house tempo) but as such still works remarkably well. In parts it might sound a little off-key, but as an exercise as what could be achieved given the right parts, then the mouth waters in anticipation.
fluxragg

fluxragg

December 5, 2008
referencing Hangin' On A String (Contemplating) (Extended Dance Mix), 12", VS 748 12

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.
BS.Dos.

BS.Dos.

December 20, 2006
edited over 12 years ago
referencing Hangin' On A String (Contemplating) (Extended Dance Mix), 12", VS 748 12

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.