In the Army Now (song)

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"In the Army Now"
Single by Status Quo
from the album In the Army Now
B-side "Heartburn"
Released 1986
Format 7" single
Recorded 1986
Genre Pop rock, hard rock
Length 4:40
Label Vertigo
Writer(s) Rob Bolland, Ferdi Bolland
Producer(s) Pip Williams
Status Quo singles chronology
"Red Sky"
(1986)
"In The Army Now"
(1986)
"Dreamin'"
(1986)

"In the Army Now" is a song by the South African-born Dutch duo Rob and Ferdi Bolland, recorded in 1981. The song spent 6 consecutive weeks on the top of the Norwegian singles chart.[1] The song was also later recorded by the British rock band Status Quo on their 1986 album, In the Army Now, and their version peaked at number 2 in the UK Singles Chart.

Lead singer of English rock band Slade, Noddy Holder has long been incorrectly rumoured to have made a vocal appearance on the Status Quo version, performing the line "Stand up and fight."[2]

Other cover versions[edit]

Slovenian industrial band Laibach recorded a cover-version for their war-themed NATO album in 1994. In 2009, Les Enfoirés covered the song under the title "Ici Les Enfoirés", using the same tune, but changing the lyrics to ones in the French language (about the 25th anniversary of the Restos du Coeur, instead of the original topic).[3] A German-language version was released by the band Fee in 1987, titled Du mußt zur Bundeswehr.[4]

The song was also performed by Russian rock band Lubeh (Любэ).[5]

On 26 September 2010, Status Quo released a new version of "In the Army Now" with the Corps Of Army Choir through Universal/UMC. All profits from this updated and lyrically changed version will be donated equally to the British Forces Foundation and Help for Heroes charities. This charted at no. 31 in the UK Singles charts upon its release.

In 2012, power metal band Sabaton covered this song as a bonus track for their album Carolus Rex.

Track listings[edit]

7" single
  1. "In the Army Now" (Bolland/Bolland) – 3:52
  2. "Heartburn" (Patrick/Parfitt/Rossi) – 4:44
12" maxi

A-Side

  1. "In the Army Now" (military mix) – 5:55

B-Side

  1. "Heartburn" (Patrick/Parfitt/Rossi) – 4:44
  2. "Late Last Night" (Young/Parfitt/Rossi) – 2:58

Charts and certifications[edit]

Bolland & Bolland version[edit]

Chart (1982) Peak
position
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[6] 1
Norway (VG-lista)[1] 1
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[7] 2
South Africa (Springbok Radio)[8] 9

Status Quo version[edit]

Chart successions[edit]

Preceded by
"Eye of the Tiger" by Survivor
Norwegian number-one single (Bolland & Bolland version)
42/1982 – 47/1982 (6 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Words" by F. R. David
Preceded by
"Coming Home (Jeanny Part II)" by Falco
German number-one single (Status Quo version)
24 November 1986 – 15 December 1986 (4 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Walk Like an Egyptian" by The Bangles
Preceded by
"The Final Countdown" by Europe
Polish number-one single (Status Quo version)
27 December 1986 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"The Final Countdown" by Europe
Swiss number-one single (Status Quo version)
23 November 1986 – 4 January 1987 (6 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Showing Out (Get Fresh at the Weekend)" by Mel & Kim
Preceded by
"True Blue" by Madonna
Irish Singles Chart number-one single (Status Quo version)
16 October 1986 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"All I Ask of You" by Cliff Richard and Sarah Brightman
Preceded by
"You Want Love (Maria, Maria...)" by Mixed Emotions
Austrian number-one single (Status Quo version)
15 January 1987 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"You Want Love (Maria, Maria...)" by Mixed Emotions

References[edit]

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  2. ^
    • Questions & Answers at the Wayback Machine (archived 15 May 2012). Sladefanclub.com. Retrieved 16 October 2011.
    • Slade International Fan Club newsletter April – May – June 1987
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  5. ^ Video on YouTube
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  8. ^ "South African Rock Lists Website SA Charts 1969 – 1989 Acts (B)". Rock.co.za. Retrieved 6 June 2014. 
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  19. ^ Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (in Spanish) (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2. 
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  21. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Status Quo – In The Army Now". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved 6 June 2014.
  22. ^ "Archive Chart: 1986-11-01" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved 2 July 2013.
  23. ^ "Archive Chart: 2010-10-09" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved 6 June 2014.
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  26. ^ "Schweizer Jahreshitparade 1987" (in German). Hitparade.ch. Hung Medien. Retrieved 1 August 2008. 
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  28. ^ "Les Singles en Or" (in French). InfoDisc. Retrieved 6 June 2014. 
  29. ^ "British single certifications – Status Quo – In The Army Now". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter In The Army Now in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select single in the field By Format. Click Go

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