Leaving Here

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"Leaving Here"
Single by Eddie Holland
B-side "Brenda"
Released December 19, 1963
Format 7" single
Recorded November 26, 1963
Genre R&B
Label Motown 1052
Writer(s) Holland–Dozier–Holland
Eddie Holland singles chronology
"I'm On The Outside Looking In"
(1963)
"'Leaving Here'"
(1963)
"Just Ain't Enough Love"
(1964)

"Leaving Here" is a song written in 1963 by Motown songwriters Holland–Dozier–Holland. Written at the beginning of the partnership, it is notable in several recordings. "Leaving Here" was originally released as a single in December 1963 by H-D-H lyricist Eddie Holland and peaked at number 76 on the Billboard Hot 100 and at number 27 on the Billboard R&B chart.

The original recording has subsequently been released on compilation albums such as Heaven Must Have Sent You: Holland/Dozier/Holland Story, released in 2005, and The Complete Motown Singles Vol.3, (1963), released in 2006.

Motörhead version[edit]

"Leaving Here"
Single by Motörhead
B-side "White Line Fever"
Released 1977
Format 7"
Recorded Peeble Beach Studio,
Worthing, England
1977
Genre Hard rock
Length 3:20
Label Stiff Records
Writer(s) Brian Holland
Lamont Dozier
Eddie Holland
Motörhead singles chronology
"Leaving Here"
(1977)
"Motorhead"
(1977)
Alternative cover
1977 Blitz Records (Sweden) release

"Leaving Here" is the debut single from English heavy metal band Motörhead. Despite "Leaving Here" being their first single, only Lemmy remained from the band's original line-up.

On April 28, 1979, Motörhead founder Lemmy was interviewed by John Tobler on BBC Radio 1's Rock on Saturday show, "Motorhead", "Leaving Here" and "Limb from Limb" were played.

The recording was inspired by The Birds' 1965 cover version of Eddie Holland's "Leaving Here". Lemmy was a great fan of the band.

Releases[edit]

The band had originally recorded a version of this song for their debut album On Parole, but unsure of its commercial viability their record company United Artists, to whom they were still under contract, were refusing to issue it. Jake Riviera of Stiff Records, a casual acquaintance of Lemmy's, offered to release a new single from the band. No official deals were made, the band paid for the studio time whilst Riviera paid all other expenses. The single was scheduled for release with catalogue number BUY9 when United Artists intervened forcing Stiff to shelve its distribution.

The single was issued in France (on Skydog Records, MH001, black on white sleeve) and Sweden (on Blitz Records, MH001, purple on white sleeve) with some copies being imported into the UK.[1] The tracks were included on two 1977 Stiff compilation albums, A Bunch of Stiff Records (SEEZ2,1/April/1977) contained "White Line Fever", and Hits Greatest Stiffs (FIST1,16/September/1977) contained "Leavin' Here". The single did eventually see a release as part of a box set of Stiff's first ten singles, limited to 5000 in 1979.[2] Both tracks are currently available on the Stone Deaf Forever! CD box set.

A live version of "Leaving Here" was issued in 1980 as the lead track on The Golden Years EP, reaching #8 in the UK singles chart. "White Line Fever" was re-recorded for their 1977 debut album release Motörhead.

Single track listing[edit]

  1. "Leaving Here" (Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier, Eddie Holland) - 3:20
  2. "White Line Fever" (Eddie Clarke, Ian Kilmister, Phil Taylor) - 3:00

Other cover versions[edit]

The Who recorded the song in the studio twice in 1965, and once for BBC Radio, but none of these recordings were released officially for decades; The 1985 compilation Who's Missing and the 1998 remaster of the Odds & Sods compilation album both included the song, though the latter states it is a previously unreleased version. An alternate take also appeared on the My Generation Deluxe Edition. The song is featured on "The Who BBC Sessions" CD. Additionally, it is available as downloadable content for the music video game series Rock Band as part of The Best of The Who pack.

In 1965, The Birds recorded a cover version of "Leaving Here" which inspired heavy metal band Motörhead to produce their debut single with a cover of the song twelve years later.

The song appeared as "Leavin' Here" on singles released by the Rationals in 1966 and 1967,[3] as did a 1989 version by Tinsley Ellis on his debut album, Fanning the Flames.[4]

Pearl Jam recorded the song for the 1996 Home Alive compilation album which was released to fund women's self-defense classes. The song was later included on the band's 2003 Lost Dogs double album of B-sides and rarities.

In 2001, Lars Frederiksen and the Bastards recorded the song for their debut album, Lars Frederiksen and the Bastards, one of two cover songs used on the album, the other songs all being original. The version is very similar to the Motörhead cover version. Ron Wood included a cover of the song on his 2001 album Not for Beginners.

This song often features in live sets by The Sadies, and Meeting of Important People frequently play it at live shows.

English Psych/Garage band The Bugs recorded a cover of this song ON their debut EP single on the Hit Records label in 1987, produced by Dave Goodman (Sex Pistols)

The Irish rock band The Strypes recorded a cover of the song for their EP Young Gifted & Blue.

Personnel[edit]

Eddie Holland version[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Burridge, Alan; Mick Stevenson (July 1993). "Motörhead". Record Collector (167): 72. 
  2. ^ Burridge, Alan (April 1991). "Motörhead". Record Collector (140): 17. 
  3. ^ "The Rationals Band Info". Motor City Music Archives article. Retrieved 2007-06-21. 
  4. ^ "Leaving Here". SecondHandSongs Cover Hierarchy. 

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