All I Wanna Do (Sheryl Crow song)

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"All I Wanna Do"
Single by Sheryl Crow
from the album Tuesday Night Music Club
B-side "Solidify" "I'm Gonna Be A Wheel Someday""
Released April 4, 1994 (Europe)
November 5, 1994 (UK)
Format CD single
Recorded 1993
Genre Pop rock, country pop, adult contemporary
Length 4:32 (album version)
4:11 (remix)
Label A&M
Writer(s) Wyn Cooper, Sheryl Crow, David Baerwald, Bill Bottrell, Kevin Gilbert
Producer(s) Bill Bottrell
Sheryl Crow singles chronology
"What I Can Do for You"
(1993)
"All I Wanna Do"
(1994)
"Leaving Las Vegas"
(1994)
Music sample
Sheryl Crow's "All I Wanna Do" from Tuesday Night Music Club

"All I Wanna Do" is a song performed by Sheryl Crow and written by Wyn Cooper, Sheryl Crow, David Baerwald, Bill Bottrell and Kevin Gilbert. It was Crow's breakthrough hit from her 1993 debut album Tuesday Night Music Club. The song was the winner of the 1995 Grammy Record of the Year and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance and was nominated for Song of the Year. The song is her biggest US hit, peaking at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 for six weeks behind I'll Make Love to You by Boyz II Men. In addition to this it also peaked at number one on the Adult Contemporary chart Adult Contemporary charts in both the US and Canada [1] as well as the pop charts in Canada and at #4 on the UK Singles Chart.

Crow performed the song on her live album Sheryl Crow and Friends: Live from Central Park.

Structure[edit]

The lyrics for the song are based on the poem "Fun" by Wyn Cooper.[2][3] Crow's producer (Bottrell) discovered Cooper's poetry book "The Country of Here Below" in a Pasadena, California used bookstore. Crow adapted "Fun" into the lyrics for her song – earning Cooper considerable royalties, and helping to push his book, originally published in a run of only 500 copies in 1987, into multiple reprints. Some Rolling Stones fans believe the structure of the song is an homage to the song "Jigsaw Puzzle" from the Beggars Banquet album.[original research?]

The opening spoken line, "This ain't no disco", is a reference to the song "Life During Wartime" by Talking Heads.[4] When played on radio or at live performances, the line is also commonly changed to refer to the local listening area (such as "This is VA" instead of "This is LA").

Criticism[edit]

Greg Kot of the Chicago Tribune called the song "a rewrite of Stealers Wheel's 'Stuck in the Middle with You.'"[5]

Music video[edit]

The video was directed by David Hogan, who also directed her debut video for "Leaving Las Vegas". It features Crow and her band performing the song on the street, with notable characters flying through the air. The video was filmed in front of the Roxy Theater at the corner of Franklin Street and North 1st Street in Clarksville, Tennessee.

Two versions of the music video exist. For unknown reasons, the original video, which featured the character mentioned in the song "Billy", played by actor Gregory Sporleder, was changed and he was edited out of the video. However, at the 1:03 mark in the edited version, "Billy"'s shadow can be seen on the brick wall as he is walking up the street to where Crow is performing, from 1:12–1:14 (and again from 3:33–3:36), the arm of his jacket can be seen as he is watching her, from 1:30–1:34 he walks back and forth in front of her, from 1:40–1:45 he is standing nearby, from 2:02–2:03 "Billy"'s head can be seen behind the flying woman's head, and from 2:52–2:53 "Billy" and his shadow are visible below.

The edited version appears on her Greatest Hits DVD collection of her music videos.

Track listings[edit]

French CD single (cat. no. 580-654-2)
  1. "All I Wanna Do"
  2. "What I Can Do For You" – live
EU release (cat. no. 580-655-2)
  1. "All I Wanna Do"
  2. "I Shall Believe" – live in Nashville
  3. "What I Can Do For You" – live at the Borderline, London
UK CD #1 (cat. no. 580-843-2)
  1. "All I Wanna Do" – remix
  2. "Solidify"
  3. "I'm Gonna Be A Wheel Someday"
UK CD #2 (cat. no. 580-845-2)
  1. "All I Wanna Do" – live acoustic for Virgin Radio UK
  2. "Run Baby Run" – live acoustic for Virgin Radio UK
  3. "Leaving Las Vegas" – live acoustic for Virgin Radio UK

Certifications[edit]

Country Certification Date Sales certified
United Kingdom[6] Silver December 1, 1994 200,000
United States[7] Gold November 22, 1994 500,000

Charts[edit]

Preceded by
"Wild Night" by John Mellencamp with Me'Shell Ndegeocello
Billboard Adult Contemporary number-one single
October 29 – December 17, 1994
Succeeded by
"I'll Make Love to You" by Boyz II Men
Preceded by
"Tomorrow" by Silverchair
Australian ARIA number-one single
December 12, 1994 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"Zombie" by The Cranberries

Cover versions[edit]

Amy Studt version[edit]

"All I Wanna Do"
Single by Amy Studt
from the album False Smiles (re-release)
Released January 12, 2004
Format CD single, digital download
Genre Pop rock
Length 3:55
Label Polydor
Amy Studt singles chronology
"Under the Thumb"
(2003)
"All I Wanna Do"
(2004)
"Furniture"
(2007)

English singer-songwriter Amy Studt released a cover version of the song as her fourth single. Amy was asked personally by Sheryl Crow to record a cover of the song.[16]

Released on January 12, 2004, the single reached a peak of #21 in the charts, Studt's lowest position to date. It was taken from the re-release of her debut album, False Smiles. Following the peaking of "All I Wanna Do", Studt was dropped from her record label Polydor for poor sales.[17]

Track listing

  1. "All I Wanna Do"
  2. "Forget It All"
  3. "You're the Breeze"
  4. "All I Wanna Do" (video)
Chart (2004) Peak
position
Irish Singles Chart 25

Other versions[edit]

"Weird Al" Yankovic included All I Wanna Do in his polka medley "The Alternative Polka" from his album Bad Hair Day.

U.S. singer Joanne Farrell released a dance version of the song in 1995. The song reached #40 on the Dance Charts and unknown on the Billboard Hot 100.

German Dance band Scooter covered the song on their 2004 album Mind the Gap.

Rapper Pitbull, along with The Wanted and the DJ Afrojack, released the song "Have Some Fun", which has some lyrics of the song.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary charts: 1961–2001. Record Research. p. 67. 
  2. ^ "Text of the poem "Fun" by Wyn Cooper". 
  3. ^ "Wyn Cooper: A Serendipitous Career,". 
  4. ^ Caitlin, Roger (March 3, 1995). "Crow An Outsider? Not In This (l.a.) Club". Hartford Courant. Retrieved 27 December 2013. 
  5. ^ Kot, Greg (August 26, 1997). "Lawdy, Ms. Crow: Top-selling Singer Has Songs But Lacks Emotional Honesty". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved January 18, 2013. 
  6. ^ UK certifications Bpi.co.uk (Retrieved March 27, 2009)
  7. ^ U.S. certifications riaa.com (Retrieved March 27, 2009)
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "All I Wanna Do", in various singles charts Lescharts.com (Retrieved March 27, 2009)
  9. ^ "Canadian peak". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved March 17, 2012. 
  10. ^ Irish Singles Chart Irishcharts.ie (Retrieved March 27, 2009)
  11. ^ a b http://tsort.info/music/w0k04f.htm
  12. ^ UK Singles Chart Chartstats.com (Retrieved March 27, 2009)
  13. ^ a b c d e f Billboard allmusic.com (Retrieved March 27, 2009)
  14. ^ "Billboard Top 100–1994". Retrieved August 27, 2010. 
  15. ^ "Billboard Top 100–1995". Retrieved August 27, 2010. 
  16. ^ "Studt's Crow fears". 
  17. ^ "Polydor axes Studt due to poor record sales". The Sun (London). 

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