Jump (for My Love)

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"Jump (For My Love)"
Single by The Pointer Sisters
from the album Break Out
Released April 1984
Format
Recorded 1983
Genre
Length 4:23
Label Planet
Writer(s)
  • Stephen Mitchell
  • Marti Sharron
  • Gary Skardina
Producer(s) Richard Perry
Associate Producers: Gary Skardina & Stephen Mitchell
The Pointer Sisters singles chronology
"Automatic"
(1984)
"Jump (For My Love)"
(1984)
"I'm So Excited"
(1984)

"Jump (For My Love)" is the opening track and third single of The Pointer Sisters' 1983 album, Break Out.

History[edit]

Released prior to the 1984 Summer Olympics games, the song's video featured footage of athletes competing in track and field events, as well as NBA stars Julius Erving and Magic Johnson. The song was the second of four Billboard Hot 100 top 10 singles in a row for the sisters in 1984, peaking at #3 in July. It also appeared on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart and reached the Top 10 in the UK, peaking at number six.

The original title given to the song simply was "Jump". The title was modified to "Jump (For My Love)" prior to its release as a single to avoid confusion with the Van Halen song "Jump", which was released earlier the same year.

The song netted the group a Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal in 1985.

Steve Mitchell (co-writer) received a nomination for a Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance in 1985.

The song has appeared in several Hollywood productions. Among them: the 1985 Alvin and the Chipmunks episode "Mind Over Matterhorn," in which it was performed by The Chipettes; the 1985 television film "California Girls" starring Robby Benson; the 1986 movie Children of a Lesser God; the 1993 TV commercial for the film, Super Mario Bros.; a 2002 gay romance, The Trip; the 2003 romantic comedy Love Actually; and a 2008 episode of Everybody Hates Chris, titled "Everybody Hates James".

At the 1985 ASCAP Pop Awards, "Jump (For My Love)" received "Most Performed Songs" honors for songs in the ASCAP repertory during the 1984 ASCAP Survey Year.

Chart positions[edit]

"Jump (For My Love) became a huge hit for the Pointer Sisters, reaching #3 on the Billboard Hot 100, "Dancing in the Dark" by Bruce Springsteen was at #2 at the time and "When Doves Cry" by Prince was at #1.

Chart (1984) Peak
position
Australia 8
Canada 4
Germany 20
Ireland 2
Netherlands Top 40 10
UK Singles Chart 6
US Billboard Hot 100 3

Personnel[edit]

  • Lead vocals by June Pointer
  • Background vocals by Ruth Pointer and Anita Pointer
  • Synthesizers and Drum machines programmed and played by Stephen Mitchell
  • Electronic drums: Howie Rice, programmed by Reek Havok
  • Bass: Louis Johnson
  • Mini Moog: Howie Rice
  • Additional synthesizers: Howie Rice, Stephen Mitchell
  • Percussion: Paulinho Da Costa
  • Associate Producers: Gary Skardina & Stephen Mitchell

Groove Terminator version[edit]

"Jump"
Single by Groove Terminator
from the album It's On
Released May 12, 1997
Format CD single
Recorded 1996
Genre Dance, electronic
Length 4:00
Label Sony
Writer(s)
  • Stephen Mitchell
  • Marti Sharron
  • Gary Skardina
Producer(s) Groove Terminator
Groove Terminator singles chronology
"Jump"
(1997)
"One More Time (The Sunshine Song)"
(2000)

1997 covert Groove Terminator "Jump" for his album it's on. Unlike the original, this cover is very electronically backed and very adapted to the style of the 1990s. From the cover exists on the CD single also extended version and a remix. Some are Techno influences mentioned in the cover.

Track listings[edit]

CD single

  1. Jump (Extended version) 7:18
  2. Jump (Remix) 5:23
  3. Jump 4:00


Girls Aloud version[edit]

"Jump"
Single by Girls Aloud
from the album Sound of the Underground (re-issue), the Love Actually soundtrack and What Will the Neighbours Say?
B-side
  • "Girls Allowed"
  • "Grease"
  • "Love Bomb"
Released 17 November 2003
Format
Recorded 2003
Genre Dance-pop, Synthpop
Length 3:40
Label Polydor
Writer(s)
  • Stephen Mitchell
  • Marti Sharron
  • Gary Skardina
Producer(s) Xenomania
Certification Silver (BPI)
Girls Aloud singles chronology
"Life Got Cold"
(2003)
"Jump"
(2003)
"The Show"
(2004)
Audio sample
file info · help
Music video
"Jump" on YouTube

In 2003, British girl group Girls Aloud covered "Jump" for the soundtrack to the romantic comedy film Love Actually (2003). Their version was produced by Brian Higgins and his production team Xenomania, recorded at the request of Love Actually director Richard Curtis. Upon its release in November 2003, "Jump" continued Girls Aloud's string of hits, peaking at number two on the UK Singles Chart and receiving a silver certification from the British Phonographic Industry. Their version appeared on the re-release of their debut album Sound of the Underground and was also included on 2004's What Will the Neighbours Say?. The song was also featured in Just Dance 3 for the Wii, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3.

The music video was intertwined with scenes from Love Actually to make it appear that Girls Aloud snuck into 10 Downing Street to spy on the Prime Minister (Hugh Grant). "Jump" was promoted through various live appearances and has since been performed on all of the group's concert tours. Despite receiving criticism from contemporary music critics, "Jump" has been seen as a turning point in Girls Aloud's career.

Background and release[edit]

The director of Love Actually, Richard Curtis, phoned Xenomania while they were in a taxi in Berlin to tell them he thought "Jump" would make a good Girls Aloud single.[1] Girls Aloud's version of "Jump" was not featured in the film itself. Love Actually uses the Pointer Sisters' original version due to international audiences being unaware of Girls Aloud, who feature in the end credits. Girls Aloud do, however, appear on the British soundtrack. The fourth single would have been the album track "Some Kind of Miracle" had the soundtrack opportunity not arisen.[1] Girls Aloud's version retains the 1980s feel of the original, using a Roland Jupiter-6 in the chorus.[1]

The single was released on 17 November 2003 in the UK. It was available on two different CD single formats and as a cassette tape. The first disc includes "Girls Allowed", a track from Girls Aloud's debut album Sound of the Underground, and a cover of "Grease" which was recorded for ITV1's Greasemania.[2] The second CD format featured another track from Sound of the Underground, the Betty Boo-produced "Love Bomb", and the Almighty Vocal Mix of "Jump".[3] Meanwhile, the cassette tape (and the European CD) feature the single and the Almighty Vocal Mix of "Girls Allowed".[4] Flip & Fill's remix of "Jump" appeared on CD1 of Girls Aloud's next single, "The Show", and the original Almighty Remix of "Jump" appeared on the "Long Hot Summer" 12" picture disc.

According to Cheryl Cole in Girls Aloud's 2008 autobiography Dreams That Glitter - Our Story, the single "was the point when we realized everything we'd been doing was quite down and moody [...] and that's not what people wanted." Nicola Roberts further stated it "was meant to be. It was a turning point and everyone loved it."

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

"Jump" received generally negative reviews from contemporary music critics. It was said that "the girls sound bored singing it and the listener is certainly fed up by the time the song finishes."[5] Alexis Petridis of The Guardian exclaimed, "Xenomania throw everything they have at the track, but can't rescue a duff song."[6] The track was slated by Lisa Verrico of The Times, who said it "takes whatever credibility [Girls Aloud] had left and runs off with it. Horrible bass, klutzy production and so-so singing put the girls at the bottom of the pop pile".[7] RTE.ie said that "fans of the group will love it, but the rest of us will just wonder why, particularly since the original is so much better."[8] On the other hand, David Hooper of BBC Music complimented the track in his review of Girls Aloud's second album: "Twenty years on, this version updates the song nicely with a welcome return of those buzzy synth sounds and gnarly bass noises from "The Show". Good work."[9]

Chart performance[edit]

The song debuted at number two on the UK Singles Chart, behind Westlife's cover of Barry Manilow's "Mandy".[10] Coincidentally, both bands were managed by Louis Walsh at the time.[11] "Jump" fell just two places the following week.[12] The single spent four more weeks in the top twenty before falling.[13] Overall, the song managed to spend a total of fourteen weeks in the top 75.[13] It was certified silver by the British Phonographic Industry.[14]

On the Irish Singles Chart, "Jump" entered at number two behind "Mandy" and spent an impressive three consecutive weeks at its peak.[15][16][17] In its fourth week on the Irish chart, "Jump" slipped just two positions to number four.[18] It spent two more weeks in the top ten at numbers seven and nine respectively,[19][20] before rising up the chart again to spend two weeks at number six.[21][22] "Jump" spent a final week in the Irish top ten before falling down the chart.[23]

"Jump" is one of the few Girls Aloud songs that received an international release outside of the United Kingdom and Ireland, reaching the top ten in Belgium, the Netherlands, and Sweden.[24]

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Jump", directed by Katie Bell,[25] was made to appear as if it was intertwined with the film Love Actually. During the video, the members of Girls Aloud sneak into the residence of the Prime Minister, played by Hugh Grant in the film. The group sneaks into 10 Downing Street through a bedroom window before tiptoeing down a set of stairs and looking around an empty, unlit conference room. Girls Aloud eventually re-exit through the window. Various shots of the women singing and dancing, like those featured on the single's artwork, are shown throughout the video. A Grant lookalike was also hired for the music video.

A version of the music video without scenes from Love Actually can be found on Girls Aloud's 2005 DVD release Girls on Film. The video also appears on 2007's Style.

Live performances[edit]

"Jump" was promoted through various live appearances on television shows across the UK. Girls Aloud appeared on programmes like CD:UK, GMTV, Popworld, The Rolf Harris Show, Top of the Pops, Top of the Pops Saturday (twice), UK Top 40: CBBC Viewers' Vote, and Xchange. They also performed at events such as the UK's National Music Awards and 2003's Children in Need telethon. In Europe, Girls Aloud performed "Jump" on the Netherlands' national lottery Staatsloterij (The State Lottery). During the summer of 2004, Girls Aloud performed the show at a number of festivals and open-air concerts, such as Live & Loud, O2 in the Park, Pop Beach, and CBBC's Junior Great North Run charity concert. Girls Aloud also performed it on their MTV special in October 2004, as seen on the subsequent DVD Girls on Film. In 2006, the group performed "Jump" for a television show entitled All Time Greatest Movie Songs.

Since its release, "Jump" has been included on each of Girls Aloud's tours in some capacity. The track was included as the penultimate song on their 2005 tour What Will the Neighbours Say? Live.[26] Performed amidst neon lights, the song's arrangement was closer to the Pointer Sisters' original version. For 2006's Chemistry Tour, "Jump" was included as the encore. The performance included a dance breakdown over a military drum. As the song reached its climax, pyrotechnics went off and confetti fell. There is a final explosion as Girls Aloud descend beneath the stage. It was included in the first section of 2007's The Sound of Girls Aloud: The Greatest Hits Tour. The song was included as the penultimate song again for 2008's Tangled Up Tour. The performance included an extended intro in which Girls Aloud commanded the crowd to jump. The song was slightly remixed for this tour. For 2009's Out of Control Tour, "Jump" was included in a greatest hits medley which closed the show.[27][28]

The single has also been performed at Girls Aloud's appearances at V Festival in 2006 and 2008. They also performed it at Twickenham Stadium in 2006 after a rugby match between the England national rugby union team and New Zealand's.

Track listings and formats[edit]

These are the formats and track listings of major single releases of "Jump".

  • *The sleeve lists the running time of 4.26 instead of the UK's 3.25, and includes the beatmasters remix of the track as found on the Greasemania album, instead of the normal track, which appears on the UK single.

Credits and personnel[edit]

  • Engineering: Jack Clark
  • Guitar: Greg Bone, Nick Coler, Shawn Lee
  • Mastering: Dick Beetham for 360 Mastering
  • Mixing: Tim Powell at Eden Studios
  • Production: Brian Higgins, Xenomania
  • Programming and keyboards: Brian Higgins, Tim Powell, Tim "Rolf" Larcombe (additional), Jon Shave (additional)
  • Vocals: Girls Aloud
  • Published by Sony/ATV Music Publishing/ Anidraks Music,Inc./ Stephen Mitchell Music, Inc.

Charts and certifications[edit]

Charts[edit]

References[edit]

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