History Repeating (song)

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"History Repeating"
Single by Propellerheads featuring Shirley Bassey
from the album Decksandrumsandrockandroll
Released 1997
Format 12" single, CD single
Recorded 1997
Genre Electronica, jazz, big beat
Length 4.03
Label Wall of Sound
Writer(s) Alex Gifford
Producer(s) Alex Gifford

"History Repeating" is a song written by Alex Gifford and originally performed by the Propellerheads featuring Shirley Bassey in 1997.

Single release[edit]

The single was released shortly before the Propellerheads album Decksandrumsandrockandroll (their only album to date), released in 1998 by Wall of Sound in Europe and DreamWorks in the US and Japan. The Propellerheads had previously worked with the James Bond composer David Arnold on the Bond tribute album Shaken and Stirred: The David Arnold James Bond Project, when they remixed the John Barry composition "On Her Majesty's Secret Service".

The track is a fusion of several different styles of big beat, breakbeat and jazz combined with the powerful vocals of Shirley Bassey. The sleeve cover, an illustration by Duke D. Jukes, takes its inspiration from classic album sleeves, such as those used for the Capitol 1959 release No One Cares from Frank Sinatra.

The retro style was also continued with the video, filmed in monochrome, the opening of which is themed on a BBC TV jazz show called Jazz 1200 and clearly harks back to the serious music shows of the 1960s. Scenes from the video shoot were included in the Divas are Forever DVD.

Chart performance[edit]

Country Peak
position
[1][2][3]
Italy 8
Finland 16
United Kingdom 19
New Zealand 32
Netherlands 52
France 71

The single was also a #1 hit on the UK Dance Chart, and was Bassey's first top ten appearance on any US chart since 1973's "Never Never Never", making #10 on the US Dance Chart.[4]

Track listing[edit]

European 2-track CD single
  1. "History Repeating" (Knee Length Mix) – 4:03
  2. "History Repeating" (Ankle Length Mix) – 5:49
UK 3-track maxi CD single and 12" vinyl single
  1. "History Repeating" (Knee Length Mix) – 4:03
  2. "History Repeating" (Ankle Length Mix) – 5:49
  3. "History Repeating" (Hip Length Mix) – 4:14

Personnel[edit]

  • Shirley Bassey – vocal
  • Will White and Alex Gifford – all instruments

Cover versions[edit]

It has been covered by Matt Dusk on his album Back In Town (2006). Also this song has been covered by Ukrainian pop music singer Jamala in 2009. Carole Alston covered the song on her album For My Sisters in 2007.

In popular culture[edit]

It featured on the original soundtrack of the film There's Something About Mary (1998), and served as the opening theme tune to the Channel 4 show So Graham Norton.

In 1999, Geri Halliwell released her debut album Schizophonic with the lead single Look at Me, a variant of this song.[5]

In 2000, the song was used in a TV commercial for Jaguar automobiles.

In 2000, the song was used in the Daria episode "Psyco Therapy".

In 2004, the song was featured in a TV promo for Sex and the City.

In 2009, it was used in the movie It's Complicated starring Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin, and Steve Martin.

It was used in a Pantene Pro-V shampoo commercial.

In 2010, the song by Regine Velasquez for the opening of GMA's 60th Anniversary entitled GMA @ 60: The Heart of Television.

A rare bootleg fan-edit of the James Bond film Never Say Never Again uses the song as its title theme.

In 2011, the song featured in Series 3 of the Television series Being Human. (Episode 7: Though the Heavens Fall).

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