Figure of Eight (song)

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"Figure of Eight"
Single by Paul McCartney
from the album Flowers in the Dirt
B-side "Où est le Soleil?"
Released 13 November 1989
Format 7" single, Maxi single, Cassette single, CD single
Recorded 1989
Genre Rock
Length 3:25 (album version), 5:11 (single version)
Label Parlophone
Writer(s) Paul McCartney
Producer(s) Chris Hughes, Paul McCartney, Ross Cullum
Paul McCartney singles chronology
"Où est le Soleil?"
(1989)
"Figure of Eight"
(1989)
"Put It There"
(1990)

"Figure of Eight" is a song from Paul McCartney's 1989 album, Flowers in the Dirt. After the completion of the album, McCartney recorded a new version for single release, using his newly formed touring band.[1] The single version is unusual in running nearly two minutes longer than the album version, rather than following the typical radio edit pattern of shortening the track for single release. Despite this quirk, the single reached number 42 on the UK singles chart[2][3] and number 92 on the Billboard Hot 100.[4]

Like other songs from Flowers in the Dirt, despite the song's modest chart success, to date it has not been included on any McCartney compilation album.

"Figure of Eight" was the opening song throughout McCartney's 1989–1990 world concert tour. A version recorded in Rotterdam on 10 November 1989 appeared on the live album from the tour, Tripping the Live Fantastic.[5]

Track listings[edit]

This song was released as a 7" single, a 12" maxi-single, and a CD single.

7" single
  1. "Figure of Eight"
  2. "Ou Est le Soleil?"
12" single
  1. "Figure of Eight"
  2. "This One" (Club Lovejoys mix)
12" single
  1. "Figure of Eight"
  2. "Ou Est le Soleil?" (remix by Shep Pettibone)
  3. "Ou Est le Soleil?" (Tub Dub mix) (remix by Pettibone)
CD single
  1. "Figure of Eight"
  2. "The Long and Winding Road"
  3. "Loveliest Thing"
3" CD single
  1. "Figure of Eight"
  2. "Rough Ride"
  3. "Ou Est le Soleil?" (7" mix)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Madinger, Chip; Mark Easter (2000). Eight Arms To Hold You: The Solo Beatles Compendium. Chesterfield, MO: 44.1 Productions, LP. p. 305. ISBN 0-615-11724-4. 
  2. ^ "Official Charts: Paul McCartney". The Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved 2011-10-13. 
  3. ^ "UK Singles - 1952-2009". Retrieved 12 October 2009. 
  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2000). Top Pop Singles 1955–1999. Menomonee Falls, WI: Record Research, Inc. p. 418. ISBN 0-89820-140-3. 
  5. ^ Madinger, Chip; Mark Easter (2000). Eight Arms To Hold You: The Solo Beatles Compendium. Chesterfield, MO: 44.1 Productions, LP. p. 334. ISBN 0-615-11724-4.