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It was written by Harley, and produced by Harley and Alan Parsons.

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In Februarythe song reached one on the UK chart and received a UK silver certification. More than cover versions of the song have been recorded by other artists, [3] most notably by Duran Duran and Erasure[4] although Harley has stated his favourite cover version is by The Wedding Present.

The song was the first single to be released under the name "Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel", as opposed to simply "Cockney Rebel". In Julythe original Cockney Rebel disbanded, and Harley then assembled a new line-up later in the year.

For many years, it was believed that Harley purposely chose to disband the original line-up and embark on a new career path. However, years later, Harley began to reveal the truth behind the band's split. As the tour progressed, the band began facing growing tensions, which ultimately led to their split at the end of the tour in late July. On 18 July, the band received a 'Gold Award' for outstanding new act ofand a week later they had split up over their disagreements. Harley, the band's sole songwriter, felt this was unfair as he had been the one to originally hire the musicians for his group, and explained the deal to them at the time.

After the band split, only the original line-up's drummer, Stuart Elliottwould the new line-up. In a television interview recorded inHarley described how the lyrics were vindictively directed at the former band members who, he felt, had abandoned him. On The One Show in OctoberHarley called the lyric "a finger-pointing piece of vengeful poetry.

It's getting off my chest how I felt about the guys splitting up a perfectly workable machine. I wrote it saying 'Look, you'll learn how well we're doing here, we're doing well, why are you doing this?

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Three of them came to me in a little posse with several ultimatums. They wanted to write songs for the third album, and I said 'Well you know I started the band, and I auditioned you, and I told you the deal at the time. We're not moving the goal posts here. Harley began writing the song only days after the band's split. The original vision for the song was vastly different from the one that was recorded.

Harley had written the piece as a slow blues track with a dark mood. In Januaryhe told Uncut magazine that the first verse was probably written at four in the morning after a bottle of brandy, feeling sorry for himself.

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I had to say these things, I had to get it off my chest. We split up because they wanted to take my leadership away. On a day in November, Harley arrived at the studio and played the band the original slow blues version of the song for them to rehearse. After producer Alan Parsons heard the song, he suggested speeding the song's tempo up, as he felt it would suit the song better.

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Harley then developed the song further, introducing tacetsdead stops and gaps into it. Harley recalled in "Alan was great, he didn't try to dissuade me, he just said, 'Do it'.

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We saw a hit record being built here, there was no doubt. In a interview for Songwriting MagazineParsons recalled: [13]. I think a good producer can transform a song. If you make a small change compositionally that really makes a song gel then you can say production is part of songwriting.

For example I remember on Steve Harley's "Make Me Smile Come Up And See Me " he was phrasing the chorus completely differently and I suggested that he made it more rhythmic and I think that is part of the hook of the whole record, so I take a bit of credit for that — although I didn't get paid for it.

A saxophone solo was originally planned for the song's instrumental break. However, after hearing Harley's idea for the solo, guitarist Jim Cregan began to play the idea on the guitar. Harley recalled in [14]. The guitar solo was over a completely new chord sequence. The middle-eight is totally separate from the rest of the song, with no lyrics, so it's an instrumental break that's a little bit left field.

We took ages getting the solo right. Some of the guys who play the guitar for me now have a lot of problems with it. It's a tough solo to play properly. It was a composite of three separate takes. A of backing singers contributed to the song, including future chart-topper Tina Charlesas well as Yvonne KeeleyLinda Lewis and Liza Strike.

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Mercer was so blown away by what he heard that he immediately pronounced the song as a -one hit. Harley remembered: "We were all drinking Martini, it was late at night, and we were completely knackered. Bob came in and was absolutely blown away. I asked him what he thought and he said simply, " one".

By the time the song was finished, Harley and the band felt confident the song was a hit single. He recalled: "We certainly smelled something cooking that was very special. We had a huge chorus on there. Once they'd [the backing vocalists] had done their bit I came up with The Beatles bit — 'Ooh-la-la-la' — kind of from their " Rubber Soul " period.

I made the song really hooky because the lyrics are quite dark and cynical, frankly. In addition to this, it was the band's only chart entry in America, reaching No. The re-issue reached No. The new version was released as a single on 7" vinyl and CD. The single reached No. The song also featured in adverts for Furniture Village. The song was also featured in an advert for Viagra Connect drug for erectile dysfunctionfirst broadcast in the UK in May The song was later included as a playable song in Lego Rock Band for the seventh generation of games consoles. The show's presenters Jeremy ClarksonRichard Hammond and James May urged viewers to download the song in a bid to help him pay the fine.

Clarkson had commented, "He's making a meagre living out of, let's be honest, one hit single. Everybody loves that song — you can't trust someone who doesn't like that song. On 27 January, the song entered at No. Upon its original release, the band performed the song on UK music show Top of the Pops. The performance on the show featured mimed instrumental backing, with Harley performing a live vocal. The band also performed the song on the Russell Harty Show while it was at one. Guarisco of AllMusic described the song as a "romantic pop tune" which "pairs Harley's clever wordplay with a clever pop tune that boasts an inventive stop-start arrangement and a lovely flamenco-styled acoustic guitar solo".

The band frequently covered the song during their early concerts, and this recording was made during a 16 November live performance for the BBC College Concert series. After dropping the song from their set list for over twenty years, the reunited Duran Duran brought the song back as a surprise encore at their 28 May homecoming gig at the Birmingham Football Ground to an audience of 25, fans.

Harley was invited to perform with them, but was unable to attend. The Duran Duran version of the song appeared on the soundtrack to the movie Threesomeand as a bonus track on the double CD single for " Perfect Day ", from their covers album Thank You. Steve Harley was very positive about this version, saying, "There are cover versions of 'Make Me Smile', but only the Wedding Present have done it differently.

They did a punk version and made it kick. They understood the venom in the lyrics. It also reached 19 in Denmark and 58 in Germany. Erasure's version appeared in the first episode of season one of the television show My Name Is Earl in The music video has Erasure members Vince Clarke and Andy Bell in the midst of computer-generated special effects and graphics. The statue in the video also appears in their video for " Breathe ".

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