This 7" single released in both the U.K. and Australia was Little Nell's first major single. It features three songs all co-written by fellow Rocky Horror Picture Show alumni Richard Hartley and Brian Thomson. Richard Hartley also produced the album. The release by A&M Records in the U.K. was issued on both red vinyl and black vinyl, with the pressings otherwise identical. Note that the third track is alternately called both "Dance That Cocktail Latin Way" (on the picture sleeve) and "Tropical Isle" (on the disc label).
"Do The Swim" from this single is almost certainly Little Nell's best known track. Music videos were filmed for both it and "Stilettos and Lipstick". Nell made a fateful promotional appearance on an episode of The London Weekend Show in 1975, where she would perform "Do The Swim" during closing credits. Apparently she was wearing a borrowed strapless bathing suit for the appearance though, and the top would keep falling down over and over. An uncensored video of this is available here. This particular blooper would then be shown as an outtake on the 1977 BBC show It'll Be Alright on the Night, and would then continue to make the rounds in the U.S. as well on TV's Bloopers & Practical Jokes with Dick Clark during the 1980s (featuring the ubiquitous red dot covering her nipples). Over three decades after the original slip, they would still be talking about it (and re-enacting it with a male stand-in!) on the Australian television quiz show Spicks and Specks.
UK ©1976 A&M Records, Ltd. (AMS 7351)
Picture sleeve. Released on both red vinyl and black vinyl.
Australia ©1976 A&M Records, Ltd. (K-7154)
Released by Festival Records Pty. Ltd. Australia
Generic Festival Records sleeve.
|Do The Swim (2008-07-16) - 3 minutes 49 seconds (636x344, 25 fps, 25.6 MB). "If ever you've seen one of those blooper TV shows from the '80s, there was a clip of Nell singing Do The Swim... can you explain what happened?" Guest panelist Nell Campbell talks about the repeated wardrobe malfunctions in her 1975 appearance on the London Weekend Show (which she can't actually remember the name of) for ABC's "Spicks and Specks" in Australia, a music-themed television quiz show. They then have a fellow (male) panelist re-enact what this might have looked like, in lieu of showing the actual clip. Hilarious! Originally aired on July 16th, 2008.|
|Do The Swim (London Weekend Show) - 2 minutes 56 seconds (540x358, 30 fps, 18.2 MB). Little Nell has her famous swimsuit "wardrobe malfunction" (several times... you just can't keep the girl covered) while performing part of Do The Swim, in 1975 during the closing credits for an episode of The London Weekend Show. This is the original uncensored version of the video, which was shown as an outtake on the 1977 BBC show It'll Be Alright on the Night. The clip made the rounds in the U.S. as well, including TV's Bloopers & Practical Jokes with Dick Clark.|
|Stilettos and Lipstick (London Weekend Show) - 2 minutes 42 seconds (540x367, 30 fps, 18.3 MB). Little Nell performs "Stilettos and Lipstick" in its entirety in 1975, for an episode of The London Weekend Show that was talking about the U.K.'s denim craze at the time. This is the same television show that featured her famous Do The Swim swimsuit wardrobe malfunction.|
|Stilettos and Lipstick & Do The Swim - 4 minutes 57 seconds (320x240, 25 fps, 11.4 MB). Little Nell performs Stilettos and Lipstick, followed by her "hit" song Do The Swim. Granted this isn't much more than Little Nell dancing around in a red swimsuit, but it's cute nonetheless...:-) She was apparently a member of the Australian swimming team for the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, Germany.|
Little Nell is a true star of stage and screen - the showbiz phenomena who tapdanced her way from the Australian Outback across the ocean and into our nation's hearts.
You thrilled to her performances in "Rock Follies" and "The Rocky Horror Picture Show", her nearly award winning portrayals of mentally disturbed nymphomaniacs in "Lisztomania" and "Jubilee", her tribute to Ethel Merman in "Censored Scenes From King Kong" and her heart rending interpretation of Minnie Mouse in "They Used To Star In The Movies".
She has suffered for her art - now it's your turn with this sensational re-issue of her historic contribution to the annals of the recording industry.
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