So Macho

"So Macho"
Single by Sinitta
from the album Sinitta!
B-side "Showdown"
Released July 1985
Format 7" single, 12" maxi
Recorded 1984
Genre Hi-NRG[1]
Length 3:25
Label Fanfare Records
Writer(s) James George Hargreaves
Producer(s) James George Hargreaves
Sinitta singles chronology
"So Macho"
"Feels Like the First Time"

"So Macho" is a pop song by American-British singer Sinitta. The song was released in 1985 as her self-titled début album's second single.

Song information

Sinitta was both Simon Cowell's and Fanfare Records' first signing. Cowell had contacted record producer and songwriter George Hargreaves who in turn provided the song, "So Macho". Armed with a highly infectious pop record, Sinitta looked poised for success; however, Iain Burton changed his mind and called Cowell to advise that he was pulling the plug on Fanfare Records. Convinced that "So Macho" was destined to be a hit, Cowell persuaded Burton to give him £5,000 to release the record.

The single was first released in late July 1985 and like Sinitta's début single, "Cruising" it quickly gained popularity in the gay clubs and on the Hi-NRG dance scene. Although the single failed to chart it continued to sell throughout the summer including 15,000 copies on import. The song's popularity led Cowell to make the decision to delete the single at the end of October 1985 in order to let demand build up again. As Christmas approached, the song found renewed popularity in straight clubs and discos. The single was re-released as a double A-side with "Cruising" on 17 February 1986,[2] but was not an immediate success as it remained in the lower reaches of the charts. It was not until four months later that the single started gaining airplay and entered the top 40, upon which it quickly rose to number two in the UK Singles Chart. It was certified gold by the BPI,[3] and has sold 585,000 copies.[4] Iain Burton's initial £5,000 investment became a profit of £1,000,000 and paved the way for Fanfare's future.

Formats and track listings

7" Single[5]
  1. "So Macho" - 3:25
  2. "Showdown" - 3:33
12" Single[6]
  1. "So Macho" (Extended Club Mix) - 6:34
  2. "Showdown" (Special Dance Mix) - 5:22
12" Single - 1986 release[7]
  1. "So Macho" (Extended Club Mix) - 6:34
  2. "Cruising" (Remix) - 7:29


Chart (1985/1986) Peak
UK Singles Chart 2
Swedish Singles Charts[8] 13
Dutch Top 40[8] 36
Austrian Singles Chart[8] 17
Australian ARIA Singles Chart[9] 14


  1. "Let he who is without Sinitta!". Western Mail. 29 October 2006. Retrieved 31 March 2014.
  2. "Fanfare for the Macho man". Music Week. London, England: Spotlight Publications: 18. 15 February 1986.
  3. "Certified Awards Search". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 2012-04-12.
  4. "Simon Cowell: The Official Top 50". MTV. MTV Networks. Retrieved 2012-06-12.
  8. 1 2 3
  9. Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. Australian Chart Book, St Ives, N.S.W. p. 276. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
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