Tuesday, May 06, 2008

RONNY - Collections for Kiki

New Wave, Synth-pop

"To Have And Have Not"


tracks 01-04,10:
Co-producer - Midge Ure (from Ultravox ,
www.midgeure.com/) , Rusty Egan (ex-The Rich kids, http://www.rustyegan.com/)
Rusty Egan played drums, Barry Adamson (from Magazine,Visage,Nick Cave,http://www.barryadamson.com/) bass guitar and Dave Formula (from Magazine, Visage, http://www.myspace.com/daveformula) keyboards.
Written-By - Sylvester Stewart

tracks 05-06:
Vangelis is credited for producing and composing the songs, while Ronny writes the lyrics herself. The sleeve is by Polydor sleeve designer Alwyn Clayden, who did many of Vangelis' sleeves while signed with the label.

tracks 07-08:
Written By - Peter Godwin (

track 09:
Written By - Ronny (track 09)
Written By,Producer - Georg Kajanus (
http://www.kajanus.com/georgkajanus.html) and Peter Godwin (track 09)

IF YOU WAN'T ME TO STAY (7") (1981)

01 If You Want Me To Stay
02 If You Want Me To Stay (Instrumental)

IF YOU WAN'T ME TO STAY (12") (1981)

03 If You Want Me To Stay (Dance Mix)
04 If You Want Me To Stay (Instrumental)

COMPARE ME WITH THE REST (7"/12") (1981)

05 Compare Me With The Rest (Part One)
06 Compare Me With The Rest (Part Two)

07 To Have And Have Not (7") (from To Have And Have Not 7")

TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT (12") (1981)

08 To Have And Have Not (Long Version)
09 Blue Cabaret
10 If You Want Me To Stay (Full Length Version)

11 To Have And Have Not (Razormaid)
12 Yukihiro Takahashi - this strange obsession (Vocals - Ronny) (1982)
13 Demis Roussos-Spleen (feat. Ronny) (1993)

Link to download:

Ronny used to be a Top French Model. Ronny was brought up in the grim Northern industrial area of France and left home at 14 to go to Paris, there lying about her age and doing terrible jobs. Took dancin classes and jobs then stopped everything and started to write songs. Club entrepreneur Rusty Egan met Ronny in the Paris club Privelege and co-produced with Midge Ure her best release, Vangelis, Georg Kajanus and Peter Godwin also produced for her. Ronny, a masculine name, is the blitz girl who loved to dress up as a boy and also appear on the Ultravox 'Station' record sleeve."

"Is it a man? Is it a woman? No, this is Ronny, a French singer who briefly worked with Vangelis, another one of
those peculiar one-off collaborations Vangelis has from time to time. She experienced her proverbial “15 minutes of fame” during 1981/1982, when she released three solo-singles, did some concerts and worked with a number of other New Wave acts. For example, she also did vocals on a Zaine Griff track on the “What, Me Worry?” album (on"This Strange Obsession" ) by Yukihiro Takahashi, of Yellow Magic Orchestra fame.The second of those singles, Compare me with the rest, was composed and produced by Vangelis. How this brief partnership originated is unknown, maybe it was because she too recorded for Polydor. Her being French would have helped as well – interestingly, she gave the same reason as Vangelis did some years earlier for leaving France to try her luck in England: the unresponsive atmosphere of the French music-world at the time. That and her striking “woman in men’s clothes” image will have something to do with the lyrics to “Compare Me With The Rest”." (http://www.vangelismovements.com/ronny.htm)

"Zaine Griff himself joined Ronny on stage to play bass and provide backing vocals for one song. Ronny recorded two of Zaine’s songs, “It’s A Sin” and “The Darker Side Of Me”, although it appears that neither has ever been released."

"Ronny - Just "Ronny." We were friends for years and I never did know her last name, it honestly never occurred to me to ask her. She was an unfathomably gorgeous French woman who'd once been a "Bluebell" dancer in Paris at Le Lido. She gave up modeling to come to London to make it as a singer.I met her backstage at one of our gigs when Midge, who'd been producing some tracks for her, introduced us. Ronny wasn't a "pop" artist so much as a pop chanteuse, a torch singer. Her voice, while not virtuosic in the conventional sense, was utterly compelling and expressive. She could read a phone book and you'd swoon. She made Sade sound like Tweety.Hans Zimmer and I did some gigs for her and she appears briefly on the Helden album, "Spies." Chalk it up to bad luck, bad timing, or the vagaries of the music business, but it just never worked out for her and, after a number of years getting nowhere, she gave up music and moved back to France." (http://www.electrogarden.com/features/ultravox/)

"Around this time, I did some recording at the Towlouse Studios with Pete Townshend and an androgynous woman in a trouser suit called Ronny. She recorded her own single ´If You Want Me To Stay´ and then we did a cover version together of ´The Lady Is A Tramp´, I thought she was great, but a lot of people thought she was just a copy of Grace Jones. I think maybe she had a bit too much attitude. She was very Parisian, very stuck up, but actually a very nice person. In the video, I wore a specially made corset and dress by Anthony Price and a white wig from Savile Row. Because Ronny looked like a man, I had to play the part of the woman. In the end, the project was shelved, but I´ not sure if working with Pete was such a good idea. He had a heroin problem and if I´m completly honest I suppose I started dabbling in heroin more regularly around then."

"The nineties found Demis Roussos much active and entering a renaissance ofsorts. 1993's "Insight" was produced in France and featured a modern,almost techno, version of the traditional/Cat Stevens tune "MorningHas Broken". The Vangelis-connection was again made clear by theinclusion of "Spleen", a rap tune arranged by Vangelis' ex-engineerRaphael Preston with guest vocals by the former Vangelis collaborator,Ronny. "Spleen" is, in fact, the title of a poem written by Charles Baudelaire and is recited by Demis. The poem can be found in thecompilation "Les Fleurs Du Mal"."
This is my all info,if you know more ,let me know please!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you very much. Greetings Kiki!!!

3:28 AM  
Blogger Tom K said...

Actually I wanted to hear her recordings for a while too. Thanks!

3:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a great great music.
Thanks. I just wish there were more of her musics.

6:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks again.

1:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Incredible! Merci!!!

12:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"If you want me to stay" really does sound like "Magazine". I had to check out the tracklist for "the correct use of soap" to see if they had recorded it too.
Ronny's vocals could pass as Howard Devoto.
Magazine recorded "Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)" which is also a "Sly and the family stone song"
I enjoyed listening to these.

2:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow! This is a real trip down memory lane for me! I used to listen to Blue Cabaret a lot during the early 80's when I was into the London clubbing scene. It seemed to be the very essence of what we clubbers wanted to experience. It's great to hear the music again. Thank you.

2:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Really wonderful music. Thank you very much. There's some info about Ronny in the Ultravox website forum:


Please keep doing the excellent job. Best of luck! Krzysztof

1:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Muchas Gracias, de verdad. Hacía mucho tiempo que estaba buscando los temas de esta artista.

De verdad mi más profundo agradecimiento y felicitaciones por tan buen blog.

2:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

bonjour et bonne année 2009. merci pour ce site tres bien fait, cela faisait 26 ans que j'attendais ronny en cd, et grace a vous, mon voeux est accompli! eric

3:10 AM  
Blogger René Claude said...

The first time I saw Ronny was on french TV (Antenne 2). She played "Blue Cabaret" with Alain Maneval.

8:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was looking for Ronny in my head since à long time ago (26 years)
moxx from Paris

12:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My dear,

I tried to download the musics of Ronny but it didn't work it out for me. Do you have some idea what's happening? I would love to hear her. The file came empty when my download was done.

Kind regards,


2:45 AM  
Anonymous evilC said...

Hello Saltyka (and gang).

Any chance of a re-up of the singles? (And anything else Ronny that you hapen to have.)

Many thanks,

5:15 PM  
Anonymous evilc said...

Hello Saltyka (and gang).

Any chance of a re-up of the Ronny singles (and anything else Ronny that you happen to have)?

Many thanks,

5:17 PM  
Anonymous SS1150 said...

Hi! Thank you for this post, i like very much Ronny's music.
Your blog is very interesting, i will often pass here, bye! =)

3:52 AM  
Blogger ghirardif said...

Waow Ronny, quelle surprise!!
Vue tout d'abord à la télé moi aussi avant d'acheter son 7" "to have and have not".
J'avais été (et le suis toujours) super sensible, voire captivé, par l'esthétique de cette époque, dont Ronny à fait "party"
Alors un grand merci pour ce blog super détaillé et surtout un grand merci pour le "download link" et si par hasard un de ces quatres Ronny venait à le consulter, je la salue bien.
And of course, Thx a lot to Saltyka.

1:42 PM  
Anonymous hcg said...

wow great i have read many articles about this topic and everytime i learn something new i dont think it will ever stop always new info , Thanks for all of your hard work!

10:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know if anyone else, just like me, have been sweeped out internet to find this file...
well, there is a fresh link. enjoy:

12:41 AM  

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