God (Tori Amos song)

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"God"
Single by Tori Amos
from the album Under the Pink
Released February 3, 1994 (US)
April 26, 1994 (AUS)
October 3, 1994 (UK)
Format 7" picture disc, 12" vinyl, CD, Cassette
Recorded February 1993
Genre Alternative rock
Length 3:58
Label Atlantic
Writer(s) Tori Amos
Producer(s) Tori Amos
Eric Rosse
Tori Amos singles chronology
"Cornflake Girl"
(1994)
"God"
(1994)
"Past the Mission"
(1994)
Alternative covers
UK release with cover art by Dave McKean

"God" is a song by American singer-songwriter and musician Tori Amos. It was released as the second single from her second studio album Under the Pink. It was released on February 3, 1994 by Atlantic Records in North America and on October 3 by EastWest Records in the UK.

The song reached number 44 on the UK Singles Chart.[1] as well as #1 on the US Modern Rock Chart[2]

Releases[edit]

The B-sides to the American release included Amos' reworking of "Home on the Range", with new lyrics, as well as a two-song instrumental piano suite. An American cassette single featured the b-side "Sister Janet".

A completely different single was released in Europe on CD, 12" and 7" vinyl single, and cassette. The 7" single was a glossy dual sided picture disc. The various formats featured ambient and jungle house remixes of the track by CJ Bolland, Carl Craig and The Joy.

Track listing[edit]

US CD single
  1. "God" – 3:58
  2. "Home on the Range" (Cherokee Edition) – 5:25
  3. Piano Suite: "All the Girls Hate Her" – 2:23
  4. Piano Suite: "Over It" – 2:11
US cassette single
  1. "God" – 3:58
  2. "Sister Janet" – 4:02
US promotional CD single
  1. "God" (Some Guitar) – 3:58
  2. "God" (No Guitar) – 3:58
  3. "God" – 3:58
UK / German CD single
  1. "God" – 3:58
  2. "God" (The Dharma Kayã Mix) – 12:34
  3. "God" (The Rainforest Resort Mix) – 10:32
  4. "God" (The Thinking Mix 2) – 9:50
UK 12" single
  1. "God" (The Thinking Mix 2) – 9:50
  2. "God" (a cappella vocal and Rain Mix) – 4:42
  3. "God" (The Rainforest Resort Mix) – 10:32
  4. "God" (The CJ Bolland Mix) – 5:58
UK 7" / Cassette single
  1. "God" – 3:58
  2. "God" (a cappella vocal and Rain Mix) – 4:42

Music video[edit]

The music video for "God" directed by Melodie McDaniel [3] features Amos in a variety of religiously-themed situations, such as a scene visually comparing a tefillin used by a rabbi with a basketball player using a belt while injecting drugs. The video is often remembered for scenes of Amos singing in front of a lit candle, dancing with a plethora of brown rats (possibly at the Rat temple); this was commented on in an episode of the television show Beavis and Butt-head, and parodying a snake cult.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1994) Peak
position
US Billboard Hot 100[2] 72
US Billboard Modern Rock Tracks[2] 1
Australia ARIA Charts 65
Canadian RPM Top Singles[4] 87
UK Singles Chart[1] 44
Preceded by
"Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm" by Crash Test Dummies
Billboard Modern Rock Tracks number-one single
March 9, 1994 – March 26, 1994
Succeeded by
"The More You Ignore Me, the Closer I Get" by Morrissey

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Chart Stats - Tori Amos - God". Retrieved July 5, 2009. 
  2. ^ a b c "allmusic ((( Tori Amos > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles )))". Retrieved July 5, 2009 (2009-07-05). 
  3. ^ Tori Amos: The Complete Videos 1991-1998 at the Internet Movie Database
  4. ^ "RPM Volume 59 No. 21, June 13, 1994 - RPM". Retrieved July 5, 2009. 

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