High Energy (Evelyn Thomas song)

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"High Energy"
Single by Evelyn Thomas
from the album High Energy
B-side Instrumental dub
Released August 1984
Format 7" single, 12" maxi
Recorded 1984, Trident Studios, London[1]
Genre Hi-NRG, synthpop, disco[2]
Length 7:50
Label TSR Records, Ariola, Shack, Nunk
Writer(s) Ian Levine, Fiachra Trench
Producer(s) Ian Levine and Fiachra Trench
Evelyn Thomas singles chronology
"Doomsday"
(1976)
"High Energy"
(1984)
"Masquerade"
(1984)

"High Energy" is the title of a 1984 song by co-written and co-produced by Ian Levine (British) and Fiachra Trench (Irish), and performed by American dance singer Evelyn Thomas. The song was very popular in dance clubs around the world, and it topped the American dance chart in September of that year. It also spent four weeks atop the pop chart in Germany, and peaked at #5 on the UK singles chart. It became one of the earliest successful songs within the genre of music that has come to be known as Hi-NRG. On the SoBe Music compilation album Gay Classics, Volume 1: Ridin' the Rainbow, the liner notes describe the song as "...engagingly captur[ing] the spirit of the genre through uplifting lyrics tightly fused with dazzling synth work".

Music Video[edit]

The song's video featured Thomas standing on a platform performing the song while everyone around her are dancing.

Track listings[edit]

7" single
  1. "High Energy" – 3:48
  2. "High Energy" (instrumental dub) – 3:30
12" maxi
  1. "High Energy" (vocal) – 7:50
  2. "High Energy" (instrumental dub) – 7:28

Charts[edit]

Chart (1984) Peak
position
Austrian Singles Chart[3] 5
Dutch Mega Top 100[3] 8
Eurochart Hot 100 1
French SNEP Singles Chart[3] 1 18
German Singles Chart 1
Irish Singles Chart[4] 12
Norwegian Singles Chart[3] 9
Spain (AFYVE)[5] 1
Swiss Singles Chart[3] 3
UK Singles Chart[6] 5
US Billboard Hot 100[7] 85
US Billboard Hot Dance Club Play[7] 1

1 The French Singles Chart began to be published on November 4, 1984

Preceded by
"Two Tribes" by Frankie Goes to Hollywood
German number-one single
August 3, 1984 - August 24, 1984
Succeeded by
"Reach out" by Giorgio Moroder
Preceded by
"The Glamorous Life" by Sheila E.
Billboard Hot Dance Club Play number-one single
September 1, 1984
Succeeded by
"Caribbean Queen" by Billy Ocean
Preceded by
"Self Control" by Laura Branigan
Eurochart Hot 100 number-one single
September 15, 1984 - September 22, 1984
Succeeded by
"I Just Called to Say I Love You" by Stevie Wonder

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ High Energy at discogs (Retrieved June 22, 2013)
  2. ^ High Energy at discogs (Retrieved February 18, 2012)
  3. ^ a b c d e "High Energy", in various singles charts Lescharts.com (Retrieved March 26, 2009)
  4. ^ Irish Singles Chart Irishcharts.ie (Retrieved March 26, 2009)
  5. ^ Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2. 
  6. ^ UK Singles Chart Chartstats.com (Retrieved Merch 26, 2009)
  7. ^ a b Billboard allmusic.com (Retrieved March 26, 2009)