Label: ABCD - ABCD 30246-2 • Format: 2x, CD Compilation • Country: Netherlands • Genre: Electronic, Pop • Style: Italo-Disco, Europop, Hi NRG, Euro House
It is included on their fourth studio album Wow! The song is an uptempo pop tune similar to many hits produced by SAW during this time period. The surreal lyrics, composed by Siobhan Fahey and built upon by SAW and Bananarama members Sara Dallin and Keren Woodwarddescribes a dream in which they find themselves being tried in court for love.
The musical structure could be compared to that of Pachelbel's Canon. It holds a three-way tie for their highest UK singles chart placing number three. The single also became a top-ten success in Australia and earned a top-twenty placing in New Zealand. In the United States the song just missed the top-forty, but was a top-ten club hit.
The B-side was Mr. Sleaze in which Bananarama member Sara Dallin not only sang on that track but also played bass guitar like she did on "Love in the First Degree". As one of their final performances with Fahey, the group performed the song at the BRIT Awards with a large entourage of male dancers dressed only in black bikini briefs. The music videodirected by Andy Morahan features the group performing the song in a jail cell, dressed in prison uniforms, as several male dancers perform around them.
The imagery plays off of Elvis Presley 's movie Jailhouse Rock. Siobhan was pregnant with her first child at the time of filming.
Sections of the video featuring acrobatics used body doubles. On Bananarama's The Greatest Hits Collection video compilation, the videoclip for Love In The First Degree is intercut with the live performance of the song at the Brit Awardswhich was Siobhan Fahey's last performance with the group before her departure.
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