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Saturday, August 18, 2007

Goddess - The Sexual Album (1992)

Here we have one of my fave albums of all time. Pure cheese-pop delight!! I picked up this album solely because of the title. I had no idea what to expect, and I was more than pleasantly surprised. For years I knew nothing about Goddess other than this brilliant masterpiece. Obsessed with knowing more, I found out that Goddess is Elvira Valentine (awesome name!), a Dutch singer who used to do back-up for Falco, among others. Then to my delight I discovered that she became part of a pop duo called Say When!, along with Ingrid Simons, who later became known as B.B. Queen (her album will be up next!). They released a few fun pop singles in the late 1980s in Europe before they split, including "Save Me", large portions of which would later be used in Corona's massive eurohouse hit "Rhythm Of The Night". It was four years before Elvira would reemerge as Goddess with this, her only album as Goddess, unfortunately. The music here is best described as synth-rock. It's danceable, sexy and funny too. Goddess' voice has a sexy growl, and ranges from soft whisper to rocker wail. The album was produced by the Bolland brothers, Rob & Ferdi (who were successful as an act simply called Bolland & Bolland in the Netherlands). The Bolland brothers also produced Samantha Fox's "Love House", and this album is similar to that minus the house beat. Though to many it may sound dated, I cannot get tired of it! My goal is to remake the entire album one day! Not a dud in the bunch! "Sexual" made a dent in North America, reaching #74 on the Billboard Hot 100, but the even sexier follow up "In My Bed" fizzled, as did the ballad "Je T'aime". No other singles were released from the album, but I was delighted to discover that she released three more singles as Goddess after this in the Netherlands - "Get Loud (Racism Beat It)" in 1993 and the techno tracks "Tapdancer (I Wanna See You Mooove)" and "Spirits In The Night" in 1994. After her time as Goddess, further study reveals that she was also part of another duo called Club Risque, who recorded a single called "Beethoven Was Black" in 1996 on Mike Stock's Love This Records which was never properly released. And that is where her time in the pop spotlight seems to have ended. Which is a crying shame, as I would desperately love much more from this lady. Please come back, Ms. Valentine. I barely knew ye!

UPDATE: Sadly, Elvira passed away sometime in 2011, and though I'm not certain, I believe that she was battling cancer for some time. A truly sad loss and a talent I was looking so forward to hearing more from. R.I.P. :( (Go here to hear some other songs she recorded in the 1990s, "If You're Serious" and "Going Out".)

(For more Goddess, including non-album tracks and remixes, go to my sister site HERE.)

Video for Sexual

Download The Sexual Album

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Sexual
2
Lingerie
3
X-Rated
4
Cleopatra
5
Erotic
6
In My Bed
7
Boyz
8
Je T'Aime
9
She's Wild
10
Sexual (Practice Safe Sex Version)

43 comments:

  1. Since you're into finding failed pop singers, I'd really appreciate it if you could provide a link to download (Baz - Psychodelic Love) from 2002 I think. It's produced by Guy Sigsworth and I can't seem to find it anywhere at all.

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  2. SOrry, I don't have that. You mean the female Baz, right? Not the male Baz who sang Best Love (That You Never Had)... If I get my hands on it, it's yours! ;)

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  3. yeah, the female baz. It would be great if you could manage to find it somehow. ^_^

    great blog btw.

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  4. This album is pure gold! Thanks for posting it. Your Blog is fabulous!

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  6. Glad you like the album! As I say, one of my faves!! And thanks for the compliments guys!

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  9. This has always been one of my favourite albums of all time. I found a cassette single of 'sexual' in a charity shop for about 10p and when I heard it I thought it was amazing. I think if you're looking for someone to compare it to try T.A.T.U because it has that big EURO INDUSTRIAL sound that pops up once in a blue moon and becomes huge. In fact Rihanna's 'Umbrella' isn't a million miles from 'Sexual' Thanks for this amazing post. Alan in London

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  10. Goddess was huge in Greece back then the album was certified Gold!

    Vasilios
    xxx


    Oh and I have Baz's album for the person who wants it

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  11. Excellent album
    Thanks!!

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  12. Oh my... I had Sexual.mp3 in a CD I burnt once... but that CD-R lost all data after a while! (don't know why... don't trust cd-rs... make always two copies! that's what I learned after that!)
    And I've been looking for that track in specific everywhere... no luck!
    After some goggling, I ended up in your blog! Man, I was so happy after finding the CD here for download!
    I just tiped GODDESS and here it was! Perfect encoding!
    Thank you... thank youuu... thank you...!

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  13. Someone's just uploaded the video of Sexual to Youtube, at last :D

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bxOP15IrpMQ&feature=response_watch

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  14. Oh my! I've died and went to heaven! THANKS!

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  15. lol, exactly what I was thinking when someone messaged me with the video link! :D

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  16. Hi,

    I used to work with Elvira just before she did her Goddess thing with the Bollands. She was one of the most beautiful ladies and singers I've ever met!!!

    I wrote 2 songs for her, If you are serious and Going out.

    http://www.dutchwriterscamp.com/nl/gelaga

    And by the way, give me your votes please

    regards,
    gelaga

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  18. Thanks so much for the link! I LOVE the tracks! I'd love to have copies myself. ;) And I would love to know what she is up to now! I guess you haven't been in touch with her recently?

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  19. Absolutely LOVE Sexual by Goddess. I used to watch the video on The Box as a young'en. Very, er, formative.

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  20. Got to say mate your a genius.Been searching for the goddess album for so long.Thanks so much.

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  21. "Sexual" was a HUGE hit here in Brazil back in the day, as it was used in a soap opera's soundtrack. Funny how the regular version had the 'Michael Jackson and Bubbles' line changed, but the aforementioned video and the "Safe Sex" version kept it.

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  22. hello am so happy that you place sometings about mij mother ,elvira is my mother goddess is my shining star love and kisses hat dauther melek

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  23. Oh my, how cool is it that Elvira is your mother, Melek! Thanks for writing. Please give her my and everyone's love. This is the most popular album on the blog! And if she ever has a moment, please ask her to write and fill us in on what she's been doing since. Thanks again!

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  24. thanks so much! could not find this album anywhere!

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  25. hoi i am so glad everbody love,s my mother elvira is mymother i have 100 % respect that all of you love her singing en everthing i wand te thank jou for al the love you giving her

    with love
    mellie

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  26. i am so happy everbody,love her songs,
    she is a hard worker and i wand more contact with the site i love it
    my mother is wheri proud

    mellie

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  27. hey galaga with melfrom holland did work with my mother? elvira, i wand to singlike her, can jou help me, to start something? imiss,my mother,
    i hope i talk to you soon

    i love my sweet mama always in my hart

    withlove mellie
    thank again fot the lovely site kisses

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  29. I love this album! I found it on tape down at the thrift store and listened to. It's pretty good. [:

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  30. Hi.
    Im From Mexico (Hermosillo,Sonora)

    I Love the song,the video,the WOMAN..SHE IS a REAL GODDESS...but
    ..the link doesn´t work anymore (megaupload)
    Please ,can You Upload this again?......
    ¿Mediafire maybe?

    Thanks.

    all apologies for the quality of my English

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  31. I just tested the link and it does still work. Try it again. :)

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  32. It may just be 'temporarily available', but keep trying. :)

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  33. Its alive! its Alive!...THX!...Keep on going.

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  34. Sorry to say but Elvira Valentine has passed away.
    R.I.P. Classic Guy

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  35. Oh no!! :( Do you have any idea when and how she died? So sad...

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  36. I loved Goddess, I actually have this on CD I bought it on holiday in Holand the year it came out.

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  37. It's confirmed that she died? It's so hard to find anything about her on the Internet...

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    1. I can't find anything other than comments on a couple posts on Youtube from her kid. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86rIxVh5OTY

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  38. Goddess seems to be great album material. I remember a lot of good music from that era, but not this particular one. Must have been outnumbered by all the other crap that was released back in those days.

    Link seems to be down though. Greetings

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    1. It has been reupped for your listening pleasure. ;)

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    2. That's as kind as it could be, thanks. First impression: stuff like "boyz" or "x-rated" is classic straight forward pop at it's best. But all in all I have to say the most enjoyment is provided by her voice and singing.
      That's fine art!

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  39. Thanks SO MUCH!! I've only heard "Cleopatra" and Thiks alum is BOMB!

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  40. sexual is the best song

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