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Love Hangover: Diana Ross versus The Associates.

Love Hangover: Diana Ross versus The Associates.

Above Photo: Diana Ross.

Curiously, in my Punk and New Wave memoir, Bombed Out! the song Love Hangover receives two very different mentions as sung by two very different artists.

Diana Ross in the 1979s.

Diana Ross in the 1979s.

It was one of my favourite songs in 1976 when Diana Ross released it. She was apparently initially reluctant to sing it, as she wasn’t a fan of the new ‘Disco’ craze, but she persevered and made it her own.

It became her fourth Number One in the US.

Diana Ross in the DJ booth of Studio 54, when she'd obviously embraced Disco.

Diana Ross in the DJ booth of Studio 54 in New York, at which point she’d obviously embraced Disco.

Six years later in 1982, a Scottish New Wave band I really liked, called The Associates, also covered Love Hangover as a double A side single that year (with 18 Carat Love Affair), and it again charted in the UK.

The Associates.

The Associates.

It also featured as a track on the Associates’ first album Sulk, which was a favourite of mine back then, and which I’ll deal with in a future post.

But if I had to choose one, it would undoubtedly be Diana Ross’s version, much as I like the Associates.

The back cover to Love Hangover and 18 Carat Love Affair, released in 1982 by the Associates.

The back cover to Love Hangover and 18 Carat Love Affair, released in 1982 by the Associates.

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This is Diana Ross’s version of Love Hangover:

Diana Ross – Love Hangover (Full Version) (Slayd5000)

And this is The Associates covering it.

Associates – Love Hangover

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