Here I Go Again

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"Here I Go Again"
Single by Whitesnake
from the album Saints & Sinners
B-side "Bloody Luxury"
Released 15 November 1982
Format Vinyl LP
Recorded 1982
Genre Rock
Length 5:09
Label Geffen
Writer(s) David Coverdale
Bernie Marsden
Producer(s) Martin Birch
Whitesnake singles chronology
"Would I Lie to You"
(1981)
"Here I Go Again"
(1982)
"Victom of Love"
(1982)
Saints & Sinners track listing
"Crying in the Rain"
(5)
"Here I Go Again"
(6)
"Love an' Affection"
(7)
"Here I Go Again"
Single by Whitesnake
from the album Whitesnake
B-side "Guilty of Love"
Released 3 February 1987 (UK)
1 May 1987 (US)
Format Vinyl LP
Cassette
CD
Recorded 1985 – 1986
Genre Hard rock
Length 4:36 (Album Version)
3:54 (Radio Edit Mix)
Label Geffen
Writer(s) David Coverdale, Bernie Marsden
Producer(s) Mike Stone, Keith Olsen
Whitesnake singles chronology
"Slow An' Easy"
(1984)
"Here I Go Again"
(1987)
"Is This Love"
(1987)
Whitesnake track listing
"Children on the Night"
(9)
"Here I Go Again"
(10)
"You're Gonna Break My Heart Again"
(11)

"Here I Go Again" is a #1 hit song recorded by British rock band Whitesnake. Originally released on their 1982 album, Saints & Sinners, the song was re-recorded for their eponymous 1987 album Whitesnake. The song was re-recorded yet another time that year in a new "radio-mix" version. The 1987 album version hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart on 10 October 1987,[1] and number nine on the UK Singles Chart on 28 November 1987. The 1987 version also hit number one on the Canadian Singles Chart on 24 October 1987. In 2006, the 1987 version was ranked number 17 on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of the '80s.[2]

Background and writing[edit]

The song was written by the lead singer, David Coverdale, and former Whitesnake guitarist, Bernie Marsden. The most notable differences between the original and re-recorded versions are a slight change in the lyrics. The chorus of the original version features the lines:

"An' here I go again on my own
Goin' down the only road I've ever known
Like a hobo I was born to walk alone"

In an interview, Coverdale claimed that he changed the lyric to "drifter" in the re-recorded versions because he was afraid people would think he was saying "homo" instead of "hobo".[3]

Music video[edit]

The music video for the song was directed by Marty Callner,[4] who directed most of Whitesnake's videos in the 1980s. It became memorable due to actress Tawny Kitaen's appearance wearing white lingerie. In the video she is seen prancing on the hood of Whitesnake lead singer David Coverdale's Jaguar XJ and massaging him while he is trying in vain to concentrate on driving. Kitaen would later become Coverdale's wife.

Single versions[edit]

There are several different versions of the song, all recorded officially by Whitesnake. They are:

  • The original version from the 1982 Saints & Sinners album with Jon Lord on Hammond organ and Bernie Marsden and Micky Moody on guitar (5:03)[5]
  • The re-recorded version which appears on the Whitesnake (aka "1987") album with John Sykes on guitar (solo by Adrian Vandenberg) (4:36)[citation needed]
  • A 1987 "radio-mix" version, which was released as a U.S. single with Denny Carmassi on drums and Dann Huff on guitar, who also provided the new arrangement. This version also appeared on Whitesnake's Greatest Hits album in 1994 (3:54)[citation needed]

In 1987, EMI released a limited Collectors Poster Edition 'USA Single Remix' 7" vinyl [EMP 35], the B-side of which consists of an engraved signature version, and the sleeve of which unfolds into a poster of the band.[citation needed]

While the 1987 album version and the "Radio" version (released on the Greatest Hits album) of the tune are fairly similar, there are several significant differences. The original 1987 version has a long and slow keyboard and vocal intro, whereas the other kicks straight in with the band. One was recorded for the album 1987, the other for a U.S single release the same year. They contain two very different guitar solos, Adrian Vandenberg plays the album and video solo, and Dan Huff plays on the radio edit version. The album version has a different rhythm in the chorus, with a syncopated kick drum beat that is not in the single version. Of the two versions, the one most widely referred to is the remastered version released in the self-titled 1987 album, although both receive significant airplay today.[citation needed]

Personnel[edit]

Original 1982 version from Saints & Sinners

1987 version from Whitesnake

1987 Radio-mix version

  • David Coverdale - lead vocals
  • Dann Huff - guitar
  • Neil Murray - bass
  • Don Airey - keyboards
  • Bill Cuomo - keyboards
  • Denny Carmassi - drums

Chart performance[edit]

1987 Weekly Chart Peak
position
Australian Kent Music Report[6] 24
Belgian Top 30 (Flanders)[7] 13
Canadian RPM Top Singles[8] 1
Dutch Singles Chart[9] 5
German Media Control Chart[10] 29
Irish Singles Chart[11] 7
New Zealand Singles Chart[12] 34
Norwegian Singles Chart[13] 17
Polish Singles Chart 7
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[14] 1
U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks 4
U.K. Singles Chart 9
1987 Year-End Chart Position
Canadian RPM Top Singles[15] 16
Dutch Top 40[16] 68
U.K. Singles Chart[17] 88
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 7
U.S. Cashbox Top 100[18] 6

Appearances in other media[edit]

Films[edit]

The song has appeared in various movies including:

Series[edit]

Video games[edit]

Cover versions[edit]

  • In 2004 "Here I Go Again" was rendered anew as the debut single by Polish dance/pop singer Mandaryna. Remixed by Groove Coverage, the song was a smash hit in Poland, Europe and Asia, peaking at #2 on the Polish Singles Chart.
  • The song was also frequently performed by Bernie Marsden and Micky Moody in their post-Whitesnake collaborations, appearing on the Moody Marsden Band albums 'Never Turn Our Back on the Blues' and 'Live in Hell (Unplugged)', the Snakes 'Live in Europe', the Company of Snakes live album Here They Go Again, and M3 Classic Whitesnake's 'Classic Snake Live' and 'Rough and Ready' albums. It also appears on Marsden's solo live album 'Big Boy Blue...Live' (also known as 'Live at the Granary'). The version usually played was the 1987 radio-mix arrangement, in spite of neither Moody nor Marsden actually playing on that release, although 1987 keyboard player Don Airey appears on several of the releases.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Allmusic (Whitesnake charts and awards) Billboard singles". 
  2. ^ "VH1: 100 Greatest Songs of the 80's". Rock on the Net. Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
  3. ^ "David Coverdale's bio". Retrieved 12 July 2010. 
  4. ^ MVDbase.com - Music video details
  5. ^ 1982 single - from Discogs.com
  6. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  7. ^ http://top30-2.radio2.be/#/song-info/8545
  8. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 2012-10-17. 
  9. ^ "Top 40: Whitesnake - Here I Go Again". Top40.nl. 1987-10-31. Retrieved 2012-10-17. 
  10. ^ "charts.de". charts.de. Retrieved 2012-10-17. 
  11. ^ Jaclyn Ward - Fireball Media Group - http://www.fireballmedia.ie. "The Irish Charts - All there is to know". Irishcharts.ie. Retrieved 2012-10-17. 
  12. ^ Steffen Hung. "Whitesnake - Here I Go Again". charts.org.nz. Retrieved 2012-10-17. 
  13. ^ Steffen Hung. "Whitesnake - Here I Go Again". norwegiancharts.com. Retrieved 2012-10-17. 
  14. ^ http://www.billboard.com/artist/431326/whitesnake/chart
  15. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 2012-10-17. 
  16. ^ http://www.top40.nl/pdf/top100/top100-1987.pdf
  17. ^ "UK Top 100 Singles & Albums of 1987". Moopy.org.uk. Retrieved 2012-10-17. 
  18. ^ "Cash Box YE Pop Singles - 1987". Cashboxcountdowns.com. 1987-12-26. Retrieved 2012-10-17. 
Preceded by
"Didn't We Almost Have It All" by Whitney Houston
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single (1987 versions)
10 October 1987
Succeeded by
"Lost in Emotion" by Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam
Preceded by
"La Bamba" by Los Lobos
Canadian number-one single (1987 versions)
24 October 1987
Succeeded by
"Mony Mony" by Billy Idol