SABRINA "BOYS (SUMMERTIME LOVE)"
By Mark Nobes
You can watch Sabrina's bouncy performance on Top Of The Pops in our video above.
It's hard to write about Sabrina Salerno without sounding like some kind of pervert. But there's no escaping the fact that the two things that many red blooded males remember most about her was her bouncy performances on TV music show, and also the provocative video. The latter was filmed at the seaside resort town of Jeselo in Italy at the Florida Hotel, and features Sabrina Salerno splashing about in the swimming pool in an ill-fitting bikini top which keeps slipping down, at one point revealing part of her nipples. Apparently, the scene was initially shot for an Italian magazine show, but was used in her pop video. Of course, it was the talk of the school playground and ensured the song would be become her biggest hit.
Sabrina was viewed by the british media as being the Italian version of Samantha Fox, being both a glamour model and a singer. Although her success was limited in the UK, she went on to sell over 20 million records in total. Her only other hit in the UK was "All Of Me (Boy Oh Boy)" which was released as the follow-up to "Boys (Summertime Love)" as the lead single from her second album "Super Sabrina", reaching #25. In much of Europe, it was "Hot Girl" that was released as the follow-up to "Boys" and was the fourth and final track to be released as a single from her debut album.
Above is the 7" vinyl single from 1988. In most countries, including the UK, "Get Ready (Holiday Rock)" featured as the B-side. I believe there are 53 versions of the single released globally.
The song was produced by Claudio Cecchetto and mixed by Matteo Bonsanto and Roberto Rossi.
A remixed version was released in France during 1995 entitled "Boys '95". In 2003, "Boys Boys Boys (The Dance Remixes)" was released. Neither charted anywhere.
Taken from Sabrina's self-titled debut album, the single was originally released in May 1987, but it wasn't a major hit in the UK until 3rd June 1988, when it reached #3 for two weeks. The song spent a total of thirteen weeks inside the UK Top 100. The single reached No.1 across Europe, remaining on top for two months in Sabrina's home country of Italy. The single was also No.1 for five weeks in France.
The single was a major hit across Europe, reaching the top 5 in every country it was released in here. The song reached #1 on the French SNEP chart (for five weeks) and #1 on the Swiss Hitparade. In Sabrina's home country of Italy, the song reached #5 on the Musica e dischi chart. The single sold over 500,000 units in Germany, and also in France and the UK, receiving a Gold certification in all three countries.
The song also reached #11 on the Australian ARIA chart and #6 on the Springbok Radio chart in South Africa.
This is the original 1987 7" single sleeve release. After the single was reissued with a photo of Sabrina on the front cover and the video was also banned, it became a major hit in the UK.
Okay, so here are the lyrics for Boys (Summertime Love). Just don't expect to find anything deep and meaningful. The word "boys" is repeated no fewer than 67 times, leaving you in no doubt as to what the song is about!