Here are listed tracks written by Brian Spence and performed
by other artists.
A London-based 4 piece vocal group that Brian discovered in a Karaoke
bar. Brian met Jamie there and thought that his voice was right
for a couple of songs he had written.
site they thank Brian with the following comment "Bri,
well it's been a pleasure working with ya, you developed our thoughts
into music, adding that all important spence element. 4play wouldn't
have sounded like we do without ya. "ye a greeet geeeza, wi
ya choco biscuits en all" a reference to Brian's Scottish accent.
- One Careful Owner
performed four Brian Spence tracks, with Brian producing,
for his third solo album "One
Careful Owner", which was released in 1994,
which earned both Michael and Brian a gold disc.
The four tracks are shown below and are basically Brian
Spence tracks but with another singer doing the vocals.Brian
not only penned the tracks he also played guitar, keyboards,
did backing vocals as well as produced. In addition,
three of the tracks can not be found any where else.
Other appearance on the Brian Spence produced tracks
are Colin Chisholm (Bilbo and Chisholm & Spence)
Brian old partner in Bilbo Baggins and Chisholm and Spence
release a single, which also appeared on the album "Hibernian
FC: Glory Glory to the Hibees", called "Hibs'
Heroes". Brian wrote and joint produced the track
with Colin. According to Fatty, of Fatty
and Baldy, (fans of Hibernian Football Club) "I believe
they were commissioned to write and record the song by former
(disgraced - he later went to jail) chairman David Duff -
indeed the original record was released on Duff Records. The
original song was revised in 1990 when a proposed takeover
of Hibs was mooted."
The credits on the single include titles sung by Colin Chisholm,
Produced by Chisholm and Spence, Recorded at Scrapyard, Leyton,
London, Published by Clermiston Music Ltd. and Special thanks
to David Duff.
A post note to this is that Colin recorded another football
related track for another Edinburgh team, Hearts Of Midlothian,
called "Hearts Songs". Brian was not involved in
this recording (as far as I am aware - so if you know differently
please let me know).
Debbie McKennaand Fax-U
partner for many years (and now wife), released a single in 1998
called "One Love", with "Lover Boy" on the B
side. Both tracks were written and produced by Brian Spence. Amongst
the other musicians on the single are Gordon Robb (drums) and Reg
Webb (keyboards), both are mentioned on the Reputation album.
Later, Brian and Debbie worked with Steve
Khan on a joint project covering Shirley Bassies "I
Who have Nothing" under the moniker of "Fax-U featuring
Debbie McKenna". On the promotional single there was three
versions of the song. The recording was distributed around Europe
and made it in to the dance charts. They later obtained the help
of an Asian Music company who release the three different versions
of the track onto three different compilation dance music albums
that were released to the Australasian market.
To read the article written by Steve Khan, Ocean Deep, on his work
with Brian click on the following link. Read
Kenny and The Car
1980 Brian wrote two tracks for this band, consisting of Brian's
brothers Kenny and Stuart Spence. Also in the band were Derek Thomson
plus Jerry Walker. Brian and Colin Chisholm (ex Bilbo singer and
vocalist/drummer in Chisholm and Spence with Brian) was also on
The single was released in Germany, Mexico, Denmark, France and
the UK as well as Sweden, Yugosalvia and New Zealand. The release
of any western music in Yugoslavia was a rarity at the time as the
fall of the Berlin Wall and the eastern Soviet states was still
9 years away.
the right is the cover from the Yugoslavian sleeve with Derek, Kenny,
Stuart and Jerry. Thanks to Steve from the Netherlands for bring
this item to my attention and sending me scans of the cover. Steve
also asked me if Bilbo Baggins were involved in the cover picture
of a single by Neville Wanker and the Punters. After asking Brian
and Alan Davison of Lightning Records, both denying the link (although
Brian thought the name was good). It turns out that the people where
for another band called Bilbo Baggins, who were based in Liverpool.
back after Chisholm and Spence but before Brian went solo (in 1984
to be correct) Brian wrote a track which a band called The Mood
recorded and released as a single called "I Don't Need Your
The recording was typical of the time, similar to OMD and A Flock
of Seagulls, but no real get up and go, no emotion. I didn't make
the UK charts.
covered the title track of Brian's second album "Reputation"
in May 1990, taking it to number 38 in the UK chart. The track
also appeared on a collection of Dusty's music called "Reputation
and Rarities", which reached number 18 in the UK chart
in the same year.
Brian was involved in this track as one of the backing singers,
along with Lance Ellington (who also did backing vocals for
Michael Ball on some of his live gigs) plus Katy Setterfield
who won “The One and Only” TV show as Dusty Springfield
Those of you who like remixes, will probably want to get
a copy of Dusty's Reputation single, which contains the standard
version plus a "lots of fun 12" mix" and "rep
u dub 2" mix.