Killer (Adamski song)

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"Killer"
Single by Adamski and Seal
from the album Dr. Adamski's Musical Pharmacy
B-side "Bassline Changed My Life"
"I Dream of You"
Released March 1990
Format 7" vinyl, 12" vinyl, CD
Recorded 1989 (1989)
Genre
Length 4:10
Label MCA
Writer(s) Adamski, Seal
Producer(s) Adamski
Certification Gold (BPI)[1]
Adamski chronology
"N-R-G"(1990) "Killer"
(1990)
"The Space Jungle"
(1990)
Seal chronology
"Killer"
(1990)
"Crazy"
(1990)

"Killer" is a song by Adamski and Seal. Written by Adam Tinley (Adamski) and Seal and produced by Adamski, "Killer" was Adamski's breakthrough single, but is now more notable for introducing Seal as a vocalist. A major hit in the UK, it reached number one, spending four weeks at the top of the chart in May 1990. In total, the single sold over 400,000 copies in the UK, earning it a BPI Gold certification.[1]

Content[edit]

Lyrically, the title of the song comes from the line "It's the loneliness that's the killer," which occurs only once in the introduction to the Seal version and not at all in the Adamski version. The distinctive opening bassline and keyboard melody during the chorus, however, are preserved in almost every version of the song in some form.

The song also contains the lyrics "Racism in amongst future kings can only lead to no good, and besides, all our sons and daughters already know how that feels", these were recycled and used in Seal's song "Future Love Paradise" featured on his debut album. "Killer" was featured in the film Miami Twice based on the TV series Only Fools and Horses.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1990) Peak
position
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[2] 11
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[3] 1
Germany (Media Control Charts)[4] 2
Ireland (IRMA)[5] 5
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[6] 2
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[7] 29
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[8] 5
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[9] 15
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company)[10] 1
US Billboard Hot Dance Club Play[11] 23
Preceded by
"Vogue" by Madonna
UK number one single
6 May 1990 (1990-05-06)
Succeeded by
"World in Motion" by Englandneworder

Seal version[edit]

"Killer"
1991 7" UK single
Single by Seal
from the album Seal
B-side "Hey Joe" (live), "Come See What Love Has Done" (live)
Released 21 December 1991
Format 7" vinyl, 12" vinyl, CD
Recorded 1991
Length 4:17 (radio version)
6:33 (single version)
6:21 (album version)
Label ZTT (1991)
Warner Bros. (2005)
Writer(s) Adamski, Seal
Producer(s) Trevor Horn
Seal singles chronology
"The Beginning"
(1991)
"Killer"
(1991)
"Violet"
(1992)

"Walk On By"
(2004)

"Killer 2005"
(2005)

"A Father's Way
(2006)

In 1991 Seal re-recorded "Killer" for his eponymous debut album, produced by Trevor Horn. The single release of Seal's version peaked at #8 in the UK, squeezed onto the Billboard Hot 100 at #100 and peaked at #9 on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart with a remix by William Orbit.[12] The music video for this version used computer-generated science-fiction themed imagery, largely built around a partial re-creation of the M. C. Escher print Another World.

The video was produced and directed by Don Searll. The song won Best British Video at the 1992 Brit Awards.

4 January 2005 saw a new single release of "Killer", containing new remixes of both "Killer" and "Crazy". This brought the single back to the Hot Dance Club Play chart, where it reached number one.[12]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1991) Peak
position
UK Singles Chart[13] 8
Dutch GfK chart[14] 75
Irish Singles Chart[5] 6
Chart (1992) Peak
position
US Billboard Hot 100[12] 100
US Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play[12] 9
US Billboard Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales[12] 14
Chart (2005) Peak
position
US Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play[12] 1
US Billboard Hot Dance Singles Sales[12] 3

Track listings[edit]

U.S. maxi-single (1991)[edit]

  1. Killer (single version)
  2. Killer (William Orbit remix)
  3. Whirlpool (live)
  4. Killer (live)
  5. Come See What Love Has Done (live)
  6. Hey Joe (live) [ Billy Roberts cover ]
  7. Killer (William Orbit dub)

U.S. maxi-single (2005)[edit]

  1. "Killer" (Peter Rauhofer remix part 1)
  2. "Killer" (Peter Rauhofer remix part 2)
  3. "Killer" (Morel's Pink Noise vocal mix)
  4. "Killer" (DJ Monk remix)
  5. "Killer" (Jim Albert's Loneliness Is the Killer mix)
  6. "Crazy" (Ananda Project vocal mix)
  7. "Crazy" (Orange Factory mix)

George Michael version[edit]

"Killer" / "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone"
Single by George Michael
from the album Five Live
Released 10 April 1993
Format 12" vinyl, CD
Recorded 1992, Wembley Arena
Genre Acid house
Length 5:58
Label Hollywood (U.S.)
Parlophone (Rest of the world)
Writer(s) Adamski, Seal, Norman Whitfield, Barrett Strong
Producer(s) George Michael
George Michael singles chronology
"Somebody to Love"
(1993)
"Killer" / "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone"
(1993)
"Jesus to a Child"
(1995)

In 1992, George Michael performed "Killer" live at the Wembley Arena in a version that was released on the 1993 EP Five Live. "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone" was also recorded and released on the same album. The two songs were blended together in the live performance, then remixed several times. The P.M. Dawn extended and radio remix for the "Killer"/"Papa" combination was released in 1993. Michael shot a video for the release, in which he did not appear personally. It was during the time when Michael refused to exploit his outward look, which he thought would distract the audience from the music, his main concern. The video was directed by Marcus Nispel.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Killer/Papa Was a Rollin' Stone" (English edit)
  2. "Killer/Papa Was a Rollin' Stone" (Ligosa Mix)
  3. "Killer/Papa Was a Rollin' Stone" (P.M. Dawn Remix)

Charts[edit]

Chart (1993) Peak
position
Canadian RPM Top Singles[15] 19
US Billboard Hot 100[16] 69
US Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs[16] 5


ATB version[edit]

"Killer"
Single by ATB
from the album Movin' Melodies
Released 31 May 1999 (1999-05-31)
Format 12" vinyl, CD
Genre dance
Length 4:01
Label Kontor (Germany)
Radikal (U.S.)
Writer(s) Adamski, Seal
Producer(s) André Tanneberger, Woody van Eyden
ATB singles chronology
"Don't Stop!"
(1999)
"Killer"
(1999)
"The Summer"
(2000)

Trance act ATB recorded a version in 1999, released as a single on 31 May 1999 in Germany and on 19 September 2000 in the United States. The ATB version peaked at #4 on the UK singles chart and #36 on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart. Featuring vocals by Drue Williams, it was the producer's first fully vocal-based song under the ATB name.

The song uses elements from both Adamski and Seal's versions, updated with more contemporary production techniques.

Track listings[edit]

  • Killer (Germany release)
  1. Killer (Video Edit) 4:08
  2. Killer (Radio Edit) 4:01
  3. Killer (Killer Mix) 5:56
  4. Killer (Original Mix) 6:15
  • Killer (US release)
  1. Killer (UK Radio Edit) 3:25
  2. Killer (Radio Edit) 4:00
  3. Killer (2000) 5:52
  4. Killer (Trevor & Simon Remix) 6:50
  5. Killer (Lost Witness Remix) 7:45
  6. Killer (Joe Fandango Remix) 7:11
  7. Killer (Video Edit) 4:06
  • Killer CD 1 (UK release)
  1. Killer (UK Radio Edit) 3:28
  2. Killer (Lost Witness Remix) 7:48
  3. Killer (Lock 'n Load Remix) 8:25
  • Killer CD 2 (UK release)
  1. Killer (Killer 2000 Mix) 5:55
  2. Killer (Trevor Reilly & Simon Foy Remix) 6:52
  3. Killer (Joe Fandango Remix) 7:11
  • Killer (The remixes) (Canada release)
  1. Killer (UK Radio Edit) 4:02
  2. Killer (Joe Fandango Remix) 7:16
  3. Killer (Lost Witness Remix) 7:49
  4. Killer (Lock N' Load Remix) 8:29
  5. Killer (Joe Fandango Dub) 5:27
  6. Killer (Lost Witness Dub) 7:45
  7. Killer (Trevor & Simon Remix) 8:57
  8. Killer (Gareth Jones Radio) 3:20
  • Killer 2000 (Australia release)
  1. Killer 2000 (UK Radio Edit) 3:26
  2. Killer 2000 (Killer 2000 Mix) 5:51
  3. Killer 2000 (Lost Witness Vocal Remix) 7:45
  4. Killer 2000 (Lock 'n Load Vocal Remix) 8:23
  5. Killer 2000 (Trevor & Simon Remix) 6:50
  6. Killer 2000 (Joe Fandango Mix) 7:11

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1999) Peak
position
Dutch GfK chart[17] 25
Dutch Top 40[18] 22
Finnish Singles Chart[19] 16
UK Singles Chart[20] 4
Chart (2000) Peak
position
US Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play[21] 36
US Billboard Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales[21] 32

Other versions[edit]

Other versions of "Killer" were performed by Northern Kings on the 2008 album Rethroned, Nina Hagen on her 2011 album Volksbeat, power metal band Angel Dust on the 2002 album Of Human Bondage, girl group Sugababes as a B-side to the 2003 single "Shape", Scottish garage rock band Sons And Daughters as a B-side to their 2007 single "Gilt Complex", UK alternative rock band 2:54 as a B-side to the 2012 vinyl single "Sugar"[22][23] and Rhythm Police on the 2009 Remix release Killer. In 2010 Tiësto contributed a remix of the song for the game DJ Hero 2. In 2013, British rock band Bastille also made a more electronic heavy cover of "Killer" on their second mixtape "Other People's Heartache Part 2".

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "ADAMSKI , KILLER , Gold , Fri Jun 1, 1990". BPI. Retrieved 8 January 2009. [dead link]
  2. ^ "Adamski – Killer – Austriancharts.at" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  3. ^ "Ultratop.be – Adamski – Killer" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  4. ^ "Die ganze Musik im Internet: Charts, News, Neuerscheinungen, Tickets, Genres, Genresuche, Genrelexikon, Künstler-Suche, Musik-Suche, Track-Suche, Ticket-Suche – musicline.de" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  5. ^ a b "irishcharts.ie search results". Retrieved 19 April 2009. 
  6. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Adamski search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.
  7. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Adamski – Killer". Top 40 Singles.
  8. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Adamski – Killer". Singles Top 60.
  9. ^ "Adamski – Killer – swisscharts.com". Swiss Singles Chart.
  10. ^ "Chart Stats - Adamski - Killer". Retrieved 19 April 2009. 
  11. ^ "allmusic ((( Adamski > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles )))". Retrieved 19 April 2009 (2009-04-19). 
  12. ^ a b c d e f g "allmusic ((( Seal > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles )))". Retrieved 19 April 2009 (2009-04-19). 
  13. ^ "Chart Stats - Seal - Killer (EP)". Retrieved 19 April 2009. 
  14. ^ "dutchcharts.nl - Seal - Killer... On The Loose (Dutch)". Retrieved 19 April 2009. 
  15. ^ Top Singles - Volume 58, No. 5, August 14 1993. Retrieved 22 May 2011.
  16. ^ a b Killer/Papa Was a Rollin' Stone - George Michael. Retrieved 22 May 2011.
  17. ^ "dutchcharts.nl - atb - Killer (Dutch)". Retrieved 19 April 2009. 
  18. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40, 7 Augustus 1999/Week 32 (Dutch)". Retrieved 19 April 2009. 
  19. ^ "Atb: Killer". Retrieved 28 July 2014. 
  20. ^ "Chart Stats - ATB - Killer". Retrieved 19 April 2009. 
  21. ^ a b "allmusic ((( ATB > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles )))". Retrieved 19 April 2009 (2009-04-19). 
  22. ^ "It's All Indie: 2:54 cover Seal's 90's classic 'Killer'". Retrieved 31 May 2014. 
  23. ^ "2:54 - Sugar/Killer (Vinyl) at Discogs". Retrieved 31 May 2014. 

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