Black Lace: Yorkshire pop legends re-release anthem

By | June 15, 2011

Yorkshire Evening Post

IT’S been a cheesy favourite with the DJs at school discos for generations and a tune party-goers will literally line up to have a dance to.

Now 80s anthem Do the Conga by Yorkshire legends Black Lace is set for a big re-release after being voted one of the catchiest tunes of all time.

Black Lace, who hail from Leeds and Wakefield, yesterday announced they were set to give the former top-ten hit another outing following the poll, which saw the tune come in second just behind 90s hit MMMbop by Hanson.

First released in 1984, Do The Conga has enjoyed a recent mini-revival thanks to its appearance in a TV advert for train travel.

Singer Dene Michael said: “Do the Conga is such a fun, upbeat song and we’re delighted it’s seeing a revival. Whatever age you are or walk of life you’re from, it’s a song that’s bound to put a smile on your face and get you moving. It might however get stuck in your head – we make absolutely no apology for how catchy it is!”

It was joined on the list by classic party anthems Come on Eileen by Dexy’s Midnight Runners, The Birdie Song by The Tweets and Club Tropicana by Wham. They were placed alongside more recent favourites like 2002’s The Ketchup Song by Las Ketchup and Saturday Night by Whigfield.

The results also revealed one in ten people find themselves with a song stuck in their head every day and almost a quarter can take a whole day to get rid of it.

Shamefully two thirds of those surveyed knew the full accompanying dance routine to the Macarena.

The top ten, from one to ten was: Hanson, MMMbop; Black Lace, Do the Conga; Dexy’s Midnight Runners, Come on Eileen; Chesney Hawkes, The One and Only; The Tweets, The Birdie Song; Rednex, Cotton Eye Joe; Las Ketchup, The Ketchup Song; Wham, Club Tropicana; Whigfield, Saturday Night; Bucks Fizz, Making Your Mind Up 1981. Do the Conga is available to download from iTunes