Hot Line to Heaven

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"Hot Line to Heaven"
Single by Bananarama
from the album Bananarama
B-side State I'm In
Released October 1984
Format 7" single, 12" single
Recorded January 1983
Genre Pop, new wave
Length 7:19 (Album Version)
3:40 (7" Version)
Label London Records
Writer(s) Sara Dallin
Siobhan Fahey
Keren Woodward
Jolley & Swain
Producer(s) Jolley & Swain
Bananarama singles chronology
"King of the Jungle"
(1984)
"Hot Line to Heaven"
(1984)
"The Wild Life"
(1984)

"Hot Line to Heaven" is a song co-written and performed by English girl group Bananarama. The song appears on their second, self-titled album and was released as a single in the UK in 1984.

In its album version, "Hot Line to Heaven" is a seven-plus-minutes mid-tempo pop song. It was edited to about three-and-a-half minutes for its single release. After Bananarama recorded the soundtrack song "The Wild Life" (from the film of the same name), the edited version of "Hot Line to Heaven" was pressed onto the Bananarama album in order to make room for the late-addition of "The Wild Life". This was only a temporary pressing, however, as Bananarama's track listing was restored several months later, with the full version of "Hot Line to Heaven" intact.

The single did not perform well on the charts and got very limited release outside of UK. As was the case with the Bananarama album, the dark lyrical content did not meet with mainstream acceptance and became the group's lowest charting UK single since their debut "Aie a Mwana".

Music video[edit]

The music video features the girls trying to persuade a record executive to listen to their demo tapes. When they eventually show up as angels in his hallucinations, he relents.

Versions[edit]

7" single
  1. "Hot Line To Heaven (single version)" 3:40
  2. "State I'm In" 2:48
12" single
  1. "Hot Line To Heaven" (album version) 7:19
  2. "State I'm In" (extended version) 4:48

+ an "edited version" 3:48 of "Hot Line To Heaven (album version)" was released on the compilation album "Bananarama - Bunch Of Hits". This was also the version released on the 2007 re-issue of the "Bananarama" album incorrectly titled as the "7 inch mix"

Some versions of the 7 inch came shrinkwrapped with a jigsaw of the front cover

Charts[edit]

Chart (1984) Peak
position
UK Singles Chart 58

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