Cover Friday: Belle Lawrence

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Kim Wilde has released many songs during her career. Some of them have been covered by other artists. On Cover Friday, Wilde Life presents cover versions of Kim Wilde songs. This week: Belle Lawrence.

A song like Never trust a stranger should be an invite for many other artists to record a cover version, but amazingly, the song has only been covered once so far. Belle Lawrence recorded her Hi-NRG version of 'Never trust a stranger' in 2005. It was released on Almighty Records. Since their first UK release in 1989, Almighty Records has covered popular chart songs that had no dance mix, or those that had officially commissioned dance mixes which did not fit the dance-pop genre. Launched and staffed by disc jockeys and club enthusiasts for twenty years, the first 12-inch release on the Almighty label was a cover of a Limahl single called 'Neverending story'. It was chosen because the artist's original label, EMI, had allowed the extended version of that song go out of production, while club-goers still wanted to dance to it and buy it.

Belle Lawrence's real name is Belle Erskine, who started her career as dancer and singer in the West End musical 'Cats'. On Almighty Records, she's recorded cover versions of songs like 'Don't you forget about me', 'Skyfall', 'Jar of hearts' and many more. Her version of 'Never trust a stranger' is, like all of her cover versions, dance-oriented. The cd-single features six remixes of the track: 'Almighty definitive radio edit', 'Almighty definite mix', 'Almighty Filtered Anthem mix', 'Almighty Anthem mix', 'Almighty Anthem dub' and 'Almighty Classic mix'. You can hear one of these versions below. And as with most Almighty productions: if you've heard one version, you've heard them all.