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Shouldn’t Fall In Love – City Limits

City Limits

City Limits

‘Shouldn’t Fall In Love’ was the first single by City Limits and it managed to spend 9 weeks on the Springbok Radio Top 20, peaking at 8 during that time. Written by John Weddepohl, this song starts of with a dramatic soaring mix of vocal and instrumentation before settling into a catchy rock tune which is driven by keyboards with the odd guitar wail going on. The vocals and feel of the song are solid AOR with shades of Boston and America coming through.

Just over half way through, the guitar suddenly takes hold of the song with some searing licks and the vocalist (not sure if it is Rick Wolff or John Weddepohl as both are credited with lead vocals on the album sleeve notes) has to react and does so by moving up a key or so and matches the guitars wails accordingly.

Sadly, the band failed to build on the success of their first album (they did have another top 20 hit from it in the shape of ‘When You Gonna Love Me’ which has already appeared on this list), but we didn’t hear any further musical output from the band. So we are left with this and ‘When You Gonna Love Me’ as testament to a band with an ear for a good rock tune and the ability to pull it off. The lads can be proud of what they did.

Where to find it:
Singles bins



When You Gonna Love Me – City Limits

When You Gonna Love Me – City Limits

City Limits

City Limits

City Limits produced one album that spawned 2 SA Top 20 hits. One was ‘Shouldn’t Fall In Love’, the other ‘When You Gonna Love Me’. The latter only managed to spend a week on the charts, peaking at number 20 and is slightly funky and a bit reggae-ish. As the title suggests, the song is a plea, and the vocals match that sentiment.

About half way through, there is an all too short jazzy sax interlude, perhaps trying to seduce the object of the song’s plea. The song finishes without the listener finding out if the singer ever gets the love he wants, but for one brief week in 1981 the song was the 20th most loved in the land.

The band consisted of Rick Wolff, Joe Alves, John Weddepohl, Chris Ghelakis and Neil McKellar, and based on the success of their debut, it is a little odd that we didn’t hear anything more from City Limits, however, most of the names mentioned above kept cropping up in the credits of other South African albums.

Written by C Ghelakis/C Angelopulo

Where To Find It:

City Limits [1980, Minc, MINC1010]


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