RONNY - Collections for Kiki
New Wave, Synth-pop
"To Have And Have Not"
Co-producer - Midge Ure (from Ultravox , www.midgeure.com/) , Rusty Egan (ex-The Rich kids, http://www.rustyegan.com/)
Written-By - Sylvester Stewart
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.
Written By - Peter Godwin (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Godwin_(singer))
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)
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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."
"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."