1984 Laura Branigan – Self Control (US:##4 UK:#5)

1984_laura_branigan_self_controlSelf Control is a song by Italian singer Raf, released in 1984. It was written by Giancarlo Bigazzi, Steve Piccolo and Raf. The song was covered the same year by American singer Laura Branigan. Her version first hit no. 1 in Germany on June 15, 1984. Raf’s version first hit no. 1 in Italy on June 23, 1984. Both versions of the song were popular across Europe during much of the summer of 1984 and were the most successful single of the year in Switzerland. Branigan’s version peaked at no. 4 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and also went to no. 2 on the dance chart.

The Branigan recording was arranged by Giorgio Moroder’s protégé Harold Faltermeyer with Robbie Buchanan and produced by Buchanan with Jack White in Germany and Los Angeles. A keyboard hook in Raf’s version was changed to a guitar riff for Branigan’s version and a vocal break was paired with a sharper and repeated percussive element.