Robin Gibb, one third of the Bee Gees, released “Boys Do Fall in Love” in May 1984. The song was a moderate hit, peaking at #37 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, but only charted at #70 on the U.K. Singles Chart.
The song was from his solo album, Secret Agent, which was written and co-produced by his fraternal twin brother Maurice, apart from their brother Barry.
“Boys Do Fall in Love” is in the new wave/synth-pop style that was popular in the early ‘80s. The track features a prominent drum track, guitar, and synths.
Boys Do Fall in Love [Short Version] 3’50
Boys Do Fall in Love [Extended Version] 4’34
Boys Do Fall in Love [Long Version/New Dub Mix] 5’20
The music video for “Boys Do Fall in Love” has a futuristic new wave theme, but doesn’t make much sense. There is a lonely boy, an odd man with a telescope, androids waiting on a high-maintenance woman with frizzy hair, and pretty people with mullets beaming onto a space station to party. Meanwhile, Robin Gibb sings in the background. Not a lot of videos in the early ‘80s made much sense.
I remember “Boys Do Fall in Love” playing all over Top 40 radio in Dallas/Fort Worth in the early Summer of ’84. The video was also featured on many of the syndicated music video programs that were popular at the time. I really liked the song, especially the driving beat synths and guitars. I especially like the youthful imagery of the lyrics, with boys dancing in the streets to the radio. Sadly, as popular as “Boys Do Fall in Love” was for a short while, not many people remember it today.
What are your memories of “Boys Do Fall in Love” by Robin Gibb?