Live Is Life

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This article is about the Opus song. For the Noah and the Whale song, see Life is Life.
"Live Is Life"
Single by Opus
from the album Live Is Life/
Up and Down (U.S. version)
B-side "Again and Again"
"Up and Down"
Released 1985
2008
Format 7" single
Genre Pop rock, reggae[1]
Length 4:15
Label Polydor, OK
Writer(s) Ewald Pfleger
Kurt Rene Plisnier
Gunter Grasmuck
Niki Gruber
Herwig Rüdisser
Opus singles chronology
"Flying High"
(1982)
"Live Is Life"
(1985)
"Flying High" (live)
(1985)

"Gimme Love"
(1992)

"The Power Of Live Is Life"
(1994)

"Live Is Life 08"
(2008)
Alternative covers
Austrian release

"Live Is Life" is a popular song originally recorded in 1984 by Austrian pop rock group Opus. It was a European number one hit in the summer of 1985; in the Americas, the single also reached the top position in Canada and was a top 40 hit in the US in 1986. It was covered by many artists throughout the years.

Background and chart performance[edit]

"Live Is Life" is their second single, released in 1985, and achieved huge success, topping the charts of many countries, including Austria (eight weeks), Germany, France (seven weeks) and Sweden (four weeks). In France, the song is the 149th best-selling single of all time with about 857,000 units sold.[2]

The song was created during a concert in Oberwart, on 2 September 1984, while the group celebrated its eleven years of existence. Recorded in a live version, the audience also sings the verses. In the lyrics, the song expresses "the enthusiastic attachment of the group to the stage".[3] The song was performed during the 1985 charity campaign Austria für Afrika.

In 1994, Opus published another version of their hit "Live Is Life", which made it into the top ten by Austria and to honor the 1994 FIFA World Cup has been released.[citation needed] The song was re-recorded by the group in 2008 in a solo version and featuring Jerry.[citation needed]

Maradona's warming up[edit]

On 19 April 1989, during the warming up in Munich before the UEFA Cup semi-final return between FC Bayern Munich and SSC Napoli, Diego Maradona did a keepie uppie exhibition while the song was heard on the loudspeakers. This has become a classic among football fans.[4] Jurgen Klinsmann, who played for Bayern at the time, named Maradona as the greatest footballer of his time and commented on the exhibition:

There were 70,000 people in the stadium and Maradona went on the field. We’re on the other side of the field, warming up like Germans: seriously, focused.

There’s music playing, the song "Live is Life", and to the rhythm of the song Maradona started juggling the ball. So we stopped our warm-up. What's this guy doing? He's juggling off his shoulders. And we couldn't warm up anymore because we had to watch this guy.[5]

By 2013, the Maradona video had almost two million views.[5] The 25th anniversary of Maradona's warming up was noted internationally, with newspapers commenting on his skills and on the transformative effect he had on Napoli and southern Italy.[6][7][8][9]

Track listings[edit]

1985 release[edit]

  • 7" single (1984 release)
  1. "Live Is Life" — 4:15
  2. "Again and Again" — 3:51
  • 7" single (1985 release)
  1. "Live Is Life" — 4:15
  2. "Up and Down" — 3:49

1994 release[edit]

  • CD maxi
  1. "The Power of Live Is Life" (Bingoboys radio mix) — 3:58
  2. "Live Is Life" (original version) — 5:06
  3. "The Power of Live Is Life" (Bingoboys club mix) — 6:33
  4. "Live Is Life" (radio version) — 3:16

2008 release[edit]

  • CD single
  1. "Live Is Life 08" (reggae version) — 4:17
  2. "Live Is Life 08" (rock version) — 3:38
  • CD maxi
  1. "Live Is Life 08" (reggae version) — 4:17
  2. "Live Is Life 08" (rock version) — 3:38
  3. "Live Is Life 08" (reggaeton version) — 3:56
  4. "Touch the Sky" by Opus — 3:47

Charts and sales[edit]

Chart successions[edit]

Preceded by
"Do They Know It's Christmas?" by Band Aid
Austrian number-one single
1 February 1985 – 15 March 1985
Succeeded by
"You're My Heart, You're My Soul" by Modern Talking
Preceded by
"Alive and Kicking" by Simple Minds
Canada CHUM number-one single
14 December 1985 – 21 December 1985
Succeeded by
"Say You, Say Me" by Lionel Richie
Preceded by
"SOS Éthiopie" by Chanteurs sans frontières
French number-one single
20 July 1985 – 31 August 1985
Succeeded by
"Tarzan Boy" by Baltimora
Preceded by
"You're My Heart, You're My Soul" by Modern Talking
German number-one single
15 April 1985 – 27 May 1985
Succeeded by
"You Can Win If You Want" by Modern Talking
Preceded by
"Tarzan Boy" by Baltimora
Spanish number-one single
5 August 1985 – 14 October 1985
Succeeded by
"Part-Time Lover" by Stevie Wonder
Preceded by
"We Are the World" by USA for Africa
Swedish number-one single
31 May 1985 – 14 June 1985
Succeeded by
"19" by Paul Hardcastle
Preceded by
Self Control by Laura Branigan
1984
German best-selling single of the year
1985
Succeeded by
Jeanny by Falco
1986
Swiss best-selling single of the year
1985
Succeeded by
Adesso Tu by Eros Ramazzotti
1986

Laibach versions[edit]

"Live is life/Opus Dei"
Single by Laibach
from the album Opus Dei
A-side Opus Dei/Live is life
B-side Germania
Released 1987
Format 7" single
Genre Industrial
Length 4:30
Laibach singles chronology
"Die Liebe"
(1985)
"Live Is Life/Opus Dei"
(1987)
"Geburt einer Nation"
(1987)

Slovenian avant-garde band Laibach recorded two martial-style covers of the song in their 1987 album Opus Dei. The first version, "Leben Heißt Leben" was sung in German. The second version, "Opus Dei", was promoted as a single, and its promotional video (which used the title "Life is Life") was played extensively on American cable channel MTV.[44] Opus Dei retained some of the original song's English lyrics, but was delivered in a musical style that left the meaning of the lyrics open to further interpretation. Laibach's subversive interpretation turned the feel-good anthem into a triumphant, rolling military march. With the exception of the promotional video, the refrain is at one instance translated into German, giving an example of the sensitivity of its lyrics to context.

Hermes House Band version[edit]

"Live Is Life (Here We Go)"
Single by Hermes House Band featuring DJ Ötzi
from the album Today Is the Day
B-side Remix
Released 24 June 2002
Format CD single, CD maxi
Genre Electronic
Length 3:30
Label Universal Records, Polydor
Writer(s) Gunter Grasmuck, Peter Niklas Gruber, Ewald Pfleger, Kurt Rene Plisnier, Herwig Ruedisser
Producer(s) Klaus Biedermann, Jim Binapfl, Jake Buck, Mark Duran, John Lehmkuhl, Claus Marcus, Christian Seitz
Hermes House Band singles chronology
"Que sera sera"
(2001)
"Live Is Life (Here We Go)"
(2002)
"Those Were the Days"
(2003)

The Hermes House Band and DJ Ötzi released a version of the song in 2002. The single had his highest peak position in France, where it reached number two for five weeks.[45] The song was used as a soundtrack for the German youth film Das Jahr der ersten Küsse.[46] It is the 523rd best-selling single in France, with about 518,000 units sold.[47]

Track listings[edit]

  • CD single
  1. "Live Is Life (Here We Go)" (Here We Go/video mix) — 3:30
  2. "Live Is Life (Here We Go)" (jump mix) — 3:33
  • CD maxi
  1. "Live Is Life (Here We Go)" (Here We Go/video mix) — 3:30
  2. "Live Is Life (Here We Go)" (jump mix) — 3:33
  3. "Football's Coming Home" (three lions) (radio) by Hermes House Band — 3:48
  4. "Everytime You Touch Me" (fireplace mix) by Hermes House Band — 3:21
  5. "Hey Mama" by Hermes House Band — 3:10
  6. Enhanced Multimediatrack : "Live Is Life" — 3:30

Charts and sales[edit]