Always (Erasure song)

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"Always"
Single by Erasure
from the album I Say I Say I Say
B-side "Tragic"
Released 11 April 1994
Format 12", 7", cassette, CD
Recorded 1993-1994
Genre Synthpop
Length 3:57
Label Mute (UK)
Elektra (U.S.)
Writer(s) Vince Clarke, Andy Bell
Producer(s) Martyn Ware
Erasure singles chronology
"Who Needs Love Like That" (Hamburg Mix)
(1992)
"Always"
(1994)
"Run to the Sun"
(1994)

"Always" is a synthpop ballad by British group Erasure. It was released in 1994 as the first single from their sixth studio album I Say I Say I Say. Mute Records issued the single in the UK, while Elektra Records released it in the U.S. "Always" was written by Erasure members Vince Clarke and Andy Bell, and is produced by Martyn Ware.

The song is based around synthesized harmony by Clarke and Bell's subdued vocals and lyrics. The music video features Bell in a Chinese scroll painting-inspired backdrop.

The song quickly became Erasure's 13th Top 10 on the UK Singles Chart, peaking at number four. In the United States, the single became Erasure's third Top 20 hit on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number 20, six years after their last major U.S. pop hit. On the U.S. Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart, "Always" climbed to number six.

Appearances[edit]

The 2009 mix of the song (found on Pop! Remixed and on Total Pop! The First 40 Hits) is featured in the Robot Unicorn Attack Flash game on Adult Swim's website.

In 1992, Universal Motion a dance group in Philippines used this song for their "dance craze".

The song has been covered live as an intro piece by synthpop musician MNDR.

In 2012 the synthpop band Xiu Xiu covered the song for a Record Store Day single.

Track listings[edit]

7" single (MUTE152), cassette single (CMUTE152)[edit]

  1. "Always"
  2. "Tragic"

12" single (12MUTE152)[edit]

  1. "Always"
  2. "Tragic"
  3. "Always" (Cappella Club Mix)
  4. "Always" (Microbots Trance Dance Mix)

12" promotional single (Elektra ED5686)[edit]

  1. "Always" (Extended Mix) - 6:12
  2. "Always" (Cappella Club Mix) - 7:13
  3. "Always" (Microbots Trance Dance Mix) - 4:33
  4. "Always" (Hey Mix) - 6:26

CD Single #1 (CDMUTE152)[edit]

  1. "Always"
  2. "Always" (Extended Mix)
  3. "Tragic"

CD Single #2 (LCDMUTE152)[edit]

  1. "Always" (Cappella Club Mix)
  2. "Always" (Microbots Trance Dance Mix)
  3. "Always" (Microbots In Your Brain Mix)
  4. "Always" (Hey Mix)

U.S. maxi-single (66225-2)[edit]

  1. "Always" (7" Mix)
  2. "Always" (Cappella Club Mix)
  3. "Always" (Hey Mix)
  4. "Tragic"

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1994) Peak
position
Austrian Singles Chart[1] 2
Canadian Singles Chart[2] 19
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[3] 3
German Singles Chart[4] 5
Irish Singles Chart[5] 1
Italian Singles Chart[6] 25
Spain (AFYVE)[7] 8
Swedish Singles Chart[8] 2
Swiss Singles Chart[9] 23
UK Singles Chart[10] 4
US Billboard Hot 100[11] 20
US Dance/Club Play Singles[11] 6
US Hot Dance Music Sales[12] 21
US Top 40 Mainstream Chart[11] 8

References[edit]

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  3. ^ Nyman, Jake (2005). Suomi soi 4: Suuri suomalainen listakirja (in Finnish) (1st ed.). Helsinki: Tammi. ISBN 978-951-31-2503-5. 
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  5. ^ Jaclyn Ward - Fireball Media Ltd. - http://www.fireballmedia.ie (1962-10-01). "The Irish Charts - All there is to know". Irishcharts.ie. Archived from the original on 21 July 2011. Retrieved 2011-07-04. 
  6. ^ Hit Parade Italia - Indice per Interprete: E Archived October 14, 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 978-84-8048-639-2. 
  8. ^ Steffen Hung (2005-03-10). "Swedish Charts Portal". swedishcharts.com. Archived from the original on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 2011-07-04. 
  9. ^ Steffen Hung. "Die Offizielle Schweizer Hitparade und Music Community". swisscharts.com. Archived from the original on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 2011-07-04. 
  10. ^ "UK Singles & Albums Chart Archive". Chart Stats. Retrieved 2011-07-04. 
  11. ^ a b c "Music News, Reviews, Articles, Information, News Online & Free Music". Billboard.com. 2011-02-07. Archived from the original on 5 July 2011. Retrieved 2011-07-04. 
  12. ^ "AllMusic". AllMusic. Archived from the original on 21 June 2011. Retrieved 2011-07-04. 

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