Hobart Paving

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"Hobart Paving"
Single by Saint Etienne
from the album So Tough
Released May 1993
Format 7", 12" vinyl, MC, CD
Genre Indie pop
Length 4:55
Label HeavenlyHVN 29
Warner9 40910
Writer(s) Stanley/Wiggs
Saint Etienne singles chronology
"You're in a Bad Way"
(1993)
"Hobart Paving"
(1993)
"Xmas 93"
(1993)

"Hobart Paving" is a single by British pop group Saint Etienne. It was released by Heavenly Records in May 1993 as a double A-side with the band's cover of "Who Do You Think You Are", originally released in 1974 by Jigsaw and a hit for Candlewick Green. It reached number 23 in the UK Singles Chart.

The song describes an unhappy woman, using characteristically surreal images such as "Rain falls like Elvis tears" and "Just like a harpsichordist she moves". The apparently meaningless title appears in the song's chorus: "Hobart paving, don't you think that's it's time, / On this platform with the drizzle in my eyes?" The title may derive from a construction firm called Hobart Paving Company Limited [1] in the town of Croydon, where two of the band members grew up.[2]

The track was slightly remixed for single release, adding subtle overdubs and extra instrumentation. "Your Head My Voice (Voix Revirement)" is a remix of "Hobart Paving", though the source material is unrecognisable in the mix, hence the different title.

An alternative mix of "Hobart Paving", created for the single but ultimately not used, was eventually released on the Nice Price outtakes collection in 2006.

Track listing[edit]

7": Heavenly / HVN 29 (UK)[edit]

  1. "Hobart Paving" – 4:54
  2. "Who Do You Think You Are" – 3:53
  • also available on MC (HVN 29C)

12": Heavenly / HVN 29-12 (UK)[edit]

  1. "Hobart Paving" – 4:54
  2. "Your Head My Voice" (Voix Revirement) – 4:12
  3. "Who Do You Think You Are" – 3:53
  4. "Who Do You Think You Are" (Quex-Rd) – 8:08

12": Heavenly / HVN 29-12P (UK)[edit]

  1. "Who Do You Think You Are" (Quex-Rd) – 8:08
  2. "Your Head My Voice" (Voix Revirement) – 4:12
  • UK promo. Labelled "Aphex Twin Remixes"

CD: Heavenly / HVN 29CD (UK)[edit]

  1. "Hobart Paving" – 4:54
  2. "Who Do You Think You Are" – 3:53
  3. "Who Do You Think You Are" (Quex-Rd) – 8:08
  4. "Your Head My Voice" (Voix Revirement) – 4:12

12": Warner / 0-40910 (US)[edit]

  1. "Who Do You Think You Are" (Strobelights & Platform Shoes Mix) – 7:00
  2. "Who Do You Think You Are" (Saturday Night Fever Dub) – 6:59
  3. "Who Do You Think You Are" (Tilt Dub) – 6:00
  4. "Who Do You Think You Are" (Quex-Rd) – 8:08
  5. "Who Do You Think You Are" (Nu Solution Mix) – 7:46
  6. "Hobart Paving" (UK single version) – 4:54

2x12": Warner / PRO-A-6254 (US)[edit]

  1. "Who Do You Think You Are" (Strobelights & Platform Shoes Mix) – 7:00
  2. "Who Do You Think You Are" (Saturday Night Fever Dub) – 6:59
  3. "Who Do You Think You Are" (Nu Solution Mix) – 7:46
  4. "Who Do You Think You Are" (Tilt Dub) – 6:00
  1. "Who Do You Think You Are" (Quex-Rd) – 8:08
  2. "Your Head My Voice" (Voix Revirement) – 4:12
  3. "Who Do You Think You Are" (Radio Remix) – 4:39
  4. "Who Do You Think You Are" (Bonus Beats Down) – 4:55
  • US 2x12" promo

CD: Warner / 9 40910-2 (US)[edit]

  1. "Who Do You Think You Are" (Album Version) – 3:52
  2. "Who Do You Think You Are" (Strobelights & Platform Shoes Mix) – 7:00
  3. "Who Do You Think You Are" (Quex-Rd) – 8:08
  4. "Hobart Paving" (UK single version) – 4:54
  5. "Who Do You Think You Are" (Nu Solution Mix) – 7:46
  6. "Who Do You Think You Are" (Saturday Night Fever Dub) – 6:59
  7. "Your Head My Voice" (Voix Revirement) – 4:12
  8. "Who Do You Think You Are" (Radio Remix) – 4:39

Remixers[edit]

Aphex Twin[edit]

  1. "Who Do You Think You Are" (Quex-Rd) – 8:08
  2. "Your Head My Voice" (Voix Revirement) – 4:12

Roger Sanchez[edit]

  1. "Who Do You Think You Are" (Strobelights & Platform Shoes Mix) – 7:00
  2. "Who Do You Think You Are" (Nu Solution Mix) – 7:46
  3. "Who Do You Think You Are" (Saturday Night Fever Dub) – 6:59
  4. "Who Do You Think You Are" (Radio Remix) – 4:39
  5. "Who Do You Think You Are" (Tilt Dub) – 6:00
  6. "Who Do You Think You Are" (Bonus Beats Down) – 4:55

Cover versions[edit]

The 1997 German movie "Bandits" featured a cover version of the song called "Catch Me" (possibly to better match the movie's prison break story), released under the band name "Bandits". The "Hobart Paving" in the chorus was replaced by "Hold on, princess".

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