Hello (The Beloved song)

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Single by The Beloved
from the album Happiness
Released January 5, 1990
Format CD single
CD maxi
7" single
Recorded 1989
Genre Electronic music
Length 4:17
Writer(s) Jon Marsh
Producer(s) Martyn Phillips
The Beloved singles chronology
"The Sun Rising"
"Your Love Takes Me Higher"

"Hello" is a remix single by The Beloved. "Hello" appears on the Happiness album. By peaking at #19 in the UK, on 5 January 1990, it was, at the time, their highest-charting single, a record it held for almost exactly 3 years, until "Sweet Harmony," the first single taken from the Conscience album, reached Number 8, on 18 January 1993, this way becoming the band's new highest-charting single, a record it still holds.

At least three additional remixes were exclusive to other formats: "Hello (Boys & Girls)" and "Hello (Uncle Arthur)" appeared on the 12-inch vinyl version, and "Hello (Dolly)" appeared on both the cassette and 7-inch versions. In addition, a Razormaid! remix of the song appeared on the Razormaid! Anniversary 9.0 compilation album. As for "Hello (What's All This Then?)" and "Hello (Honky Tonk)," two of the five remixes of the main title on the CD single release, they would both later resurface on the following Blissed Out remix album, the sister release to Happiness, the second remix only featuring on the CD and MC editions of the work, but not on the vinyl LP, which only contained the first. The MC edition only of Blissed Out also included "Paradise (My Darling, My Angel)," representing then previously unreleased sixth track on the "Hello" CD single.

As well as the names of some the band members' friends, the song mentions a number of famous people (some of them fictional), chosen to loosely fit a "saints and sinners" theme.

In alphabetical order, the people listed in the song are: Jeffrey Archer (politician and novelist), Fred Astaire, Bobby Ball (comedian), Charlie Brown, Tommy Cannon (comedian), Billy Corkhill (soap opera character), Leslie Crowther (TV presenter), "Freddie" Flintstone, Paris Grey (singer), Brian Hayes (broadcaster), Vince Hilaire (footballer), Barry Humphries, The LSO, Kym Mazelle (singer), Mork and Mindy, Little Nell, Charlie Parker, André Previn, Little Richard, Salman Rushdie, Jean-Paul Sartre, The Supremes ("Mary Wilson, Di and Flo"), William Tell, Sir Bufton Tufton, Desmond Tutu, Willy Wonka, Zippy and Bungle (TV characters). There are also references to "Peter" and "Paul", presumably the Christian apostles Saint Peter and Saint Paul.

Kym Mazelle, who's mentioned in the song, sings backing vocals on it. It's unknown what orchestra was warming up in the opening, perhaps the LSO?

CD track listing[edit]

  1. "Hello (Single Version)" - 4:17
  2. "Hello (Honky Tonk Mix)" - 6:16
  3. "Hello ('Ello, 'Ello Mix)" - 5:19
  4. "Hello (What's All This Then Mix?)" - 4:35
  5. "Hello (Godfrey's Tonic Mix)" - 4:23
  6. "Paradise (My Darling, My Angel)"

12" single track listing (Atlantic US 0-86235)[edit]

  1. "Hello (Honky Tonk)" - 6:16
  2. "Hello (Single Version)" - 4:17
  3. "Hello (Uncle Arthur)" - 6:26


Chart (1990)[1][2] Peak
UK Singles Chart 19
US Billboard Hot Dance Club Play 4
US Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks 6
US Billboard Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales 22


  1. ^ UK Singles Chart Chartstats.com (Retrieved March 28, 2008)
  2. ^ Billboard Billboard.com (Retrieved March 28, 2008)

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