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(Tell Me) He Means Nothing To You At All (1988)

By early 1988, Teldec had agreed a licensing deal whereby RCA would issue La Toya’s new material outside Germany.  Ahead of the album, the first fruit of this arrangement would be the single release of the third SAW cut, (Tell Me) She Means Nothing to You At All, following its appearance in Germany as the B-side of (Ain’t Nobody Loves You) Like I Do.

Somewhat infamously, Tell Me was mistitled across all the original 1987 and 1988 releases, inadvertently giving a clue to the origins of the song. SAW had originally composed (Tell Me) He Means Nothing To You At All with Rick Astley in mind, though he did not get as far as recording it before it was rewritten with La Toya and the planned production completely reworked to suit her instead.

When RCA lined up the track as a single, PWL ‘Mixmaster‘ Pete Hammond supplied a new radio remix more in line with the trademark Hit Factory sound and intended to cater to a European pop audience. However, this mix went unreleased until the 2013 deluxe edition of “You’re Gonna Get Rocked.”

Ultimately, Tell Me was only ever given limited distribution in France, without a video or any promotion, undeservedly going under the radar.

Lyrics:

Oh, yeah, mmm-mmm, ah, yeah
Well, there’s talk all around that you’ve been messing up and fooling around
And my friends, they all say they saw you out with her the other day

When we first met it was love at first sight
And then you kissed me, we danced through the night, woh-oh-oh
Now tell me baby, what can I do? I’m so in love with a man who’s untrue

Tell me she means nothing to you at all, yeah, babe
Tell me she means nothing to you at all

Get it up, get it on
Now tell me baby, is it true, I wanna know what you’ve been up to
They saw you kissing in the dark, you hurt me baby, you broke my heart

When we first met it was love at first sight
And then you kissed me, we danced through the night, woh-oh-oh
Now tell me baby, what can I do, I’m so in love with a man who’s untrue

At all, tell, tell, woh-oh-oh, at all, at all, tell, tell, tell, tell, woh-oh-oh
At all, at all, tell, tell, tell, tell, woh-oh-oh, at all, at all, tell, tell, tell, tell, woh-oh-oh

(Stock Aitken Waterman/La Toya Jackson) Sony ATV Music Publishing (UK) Ltd/Universal
Music Publishing Ltd/All Boys (UK)/Reel Muzik Werks UK. A Stock Aitken Waterman Production.
Engineered by Karen Hewitt & Mike Duffy. Mixed by Mixmaster Pete Hammond. Recorded &
mixed at PWL Studios 1 & 2, London.