El Lute / Gotta Go Home

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"El Lute / Gotta Go Home"
Single by Boney M.
from the album Oceans of Fantasy
Released August 1979
Format 7" single, 12" single
Recorded 1979
Genre Europop, disco
Label Hansa Records (FRG)
Producer(s) Frank Farian
Boney M. singles chronology
"Hooray! Hooray! It's a Holi-Holiday"
(1979)
"El Lute" / "Gotta Go Home"
(1979)
"I'm Born Again / Bahama Mama"
(1979)

"El Lute" / "Gotta Go Home" is a double A-side single by 70s disco band Boney M. It was the lead single from their fourth album Oceans of Fantasy (1979) and was the group's eighth and final number 1 single in the German charts. In the UK where "Gotta Go Home" was chosen as the main A-side, the single was their first one since their debut single not to reach the Top 10, peaking at number 12. Boney M. used the double A-side format over the next years, typically with the A1 being the song intended for radio and A2 being more squarely aimed at discos. The sides were usually switched on the accompanying 12" single.

El Lute[edit]

The ABBA-esque pop melody "El Lute" told the true story of Spanish outlaw Eleuterio Sánchez, who was still in prison at the time the song was released, though he was shortly to be released following a pardon. The song presents his claim that he was wrongly convicted of murder and links his liberation from prison to the liberation of his country from oppression after the rule of Franco. During a promotional visit in Spain, Boney M. met Sánchez and gave him a golden record for the sales of the single.

Margot Borgström wrote lyrics in Swedish, as Wizex recorded the song on the 1979 album Some Girls & Trouble Boys.[1] Released under Kikki Danielsson's name, the song became a Svensktoppen hit for 10 weeks between 25 November 1979–10 February 1980, even topping the chart for one week.[2] Liz Mitchell later released a version on the album No One Will Force You titled "Mandela" with the lyrics altered to describe the life of Nelson Mandela, who was still in prison at the time.

Gotta Go Home[edit]

A fast-paced disco track, the song was re-written from a German single "Hallo Bimmelbahn" (1973) by Nighttrain with the brothers Heinz and Jürgen Huth, both also credited as co-writers on Boney M.'s version. Boney M. first promoted it in a few TV shows in its early version "Going Back Home". Several single versions featured a 4:40 version (timing on label 4:22), a slightly remixed edit of the full 5:04 version, and longer than the 3:45 album edit. Later single pressings featured a 4:00 edit. In 2010 "Gotta Go Home" was used extensively on the Duck Sauce track "Barbra Streisand".[3]

"Gotta Go Home" was issued as an A-side in Canada, and was a Top 40 hit on the RPM Magazine charts there, peaking at number 35 in late November 1979.

Releases[edit]

7" Single[edit]

  • "El Lute" (Frank Farian, Hans Blum, Fred Jay) – 4:58 / "Gotta Go Home" (Farian, Huth, Huth, Jay) – 4:40 (Hansa 100 804-100, Germany)
  • "El Lute" (Frank Farian, Hans Blum, Fred Jay) – 4:58 / "Gotta Go Home" (Farian, Huth, Huth, Jay) – 4:00 (Hansa 100 804-100, Germany)
  • "Gotta Go Home" – 4:00 / "El Lute" – 4:58 (Atlantic K 11351, UK)
  • "Gotta Go Home" – 4:00 / "El Lute" – 4:58 (Atlantic P-481, Japan)

12" Single[edit]

  • "Gotta Go Home" – 5:04 / "El Lute" – 5:09 (Hansa 600 081-213, Germany)
  • "Gotta Go Home" – 5:04 / "El Lute" – 5:09 (Hansa 600 081-213, Germany) – clear vinyl

Chart performance[edit]

Preceded by
"Ring My Bell" by Anita Ward
Eurochart Hot 100 number-one single
30 August 1979 – 4 October 1979 (6 weeks)
Succeeded by
"We Don't Talk Anymore" by Cliff Richard

References[edit]

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