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Alison Moyet - Is This Love? (1986)

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"Is This Love?" is a song by the British singer-songwriter Alison Moyet, released in November 1986 as the first single from ...

"Is This Love?" is a song by the British singer-songwriter Alison Moyet, released in November 1986 as the first single from her second studio album Raindancing (1987). The song was written by Moyet and Dave Stewart. Stewart, who also produced the song, used the pseudonym Jean Guiot for his involvement with the song.

Background

Following the release of her successful debut album Alf, Moyet decided to move to Los Angeles where she remained for almost a year. Once settled, Moyet's manager hired Jimmy Iovine to produce her second studio album. Although most of the songs had already been written back in England, "Is This Love?" was written in Los Angeles. Dave Stewart, a friend of Iovine's, called into the studio to see him one day while Moyet was recording there. Iovine suggested that the pair should write a song together. To avoid problems with his publishers, Stewart's contribution was disguised under the pseudonym Jean Guiot. Moyet later recalled in 2016: "Dave jammed together a couple of chords, raised the melody idea and then I took it away, wrote the lyrics and played with the tune. We had a really good time recording it."

"Is This Love?" was released in November 1986 as the lead single from Raindancing. It became a big hit in the UK, Europe and elsewhere in the world. In March 1987, it was released as the album's lead single in the United States, but failed to chart.

Music video

A music video was filmed to promote the single. It was directed by Nick Morris and produced by Fiona O'Mahoney for MGMM. The video was shot at Carlyon Bay near St Austell, Cornwall, at the now-demolished Cornwall Coliseum entertainment venue, and along Crinnis beach. In America, it achieved breakout rotation on MTV.

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