People Hold On

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"People Hold On"
Single by Coldcut featuring Lisa Stansfield
from the album What's That Noise?
Released 13 March 1989 (1989-03-13)
Format CD single, cassette single, 7" single, 12" single
Recorded 1989
Genre Electronic, acid house
Length 3:58
Label Ahead of Our Time
Writer(s) Matt Black, Jonathan More, Lisa Stansfield
Producer(s) Coldcut
Coldcut singles chronology
"Stop This Crazy Thing"
(1988)
"People Hold On"
(1989)
"My Telephone"
(1989)
Lisa Stansfield singles chronology
"Jackie"
(1988)
"People Hold On"
(1989)
"This Is the Right Time"
(1989)
Music video
"People Hold On" on YouTube

"People Hold On" is a song recorded by British band Coldcut and singer Lisa Stansfield, released as the first single from Coldcut's debut album, What's That Noise? (1989). It was written by Matt Black, Jonathan More and Stansfield, and produced by Coldcut.

The song received positive reviews from music critics and became a commercial success. It was released as a single on 13 March 1989 and reached number eleven on the UK Singles Chart and number six on the US Billboard '​s Hot Dance Club Songs. The song was remixed by Blaze, Juan Atkins, Dimitri from Paris, Mark Saunders, Eric Kupper and Tyrone Perkins. An accompanying music video directed by Big TV! was also released.

In 2003, "People Hold On" was included on Stansfield's compilation, Biography: The Greatest Hits. In 2014, Full Length Disco Mix of "People Hold On" was included on People Hold On...The Remix Anthology.

Track listings[edit]

Australian/European 7" single

  1. "People Hold On" – 3:58
  2. "Yes, Yes, Yes" – 3:33

Australian/European CD single

  1. "People Hold On" – 3:58
  2. "People Hold On" (Full Length Disco Mix) – 9:24
  3. "Yes, Yes, Yes" – 5:40

Australian/European 12" single

  1. "People Hold On" (Full Length Disco Mix) – 9:24
  2. "Yes, Yes, Yes" (Hedmaster Mix) – 5:40

European 12" single (The Blaze Mix)

  1. "People Hold On" (New Jersey Jazz Mix) – 8:49
  2. "People Hold On" (Speng Mix) – 6:34
  3. "People Hold On" (A Capella) – 2:08
  4. "Yes, Yes, Yes" – 5:40

European promotional 12" single

  1. "People Hold On" (Full Length Disco Mix) – 9:24
  2. "People Hold On" (Magic Juan's Dub Mix)
  3. "People Hold On" (A Capella) – 2:08

European promotional 12" single

  1. "People Hold On" (New Jersey Jazz Mix) – 8:49
  2. "People Hold On" (Dimitri Remix) – 6:45

US 12" single

  1. "People Hold On" (Full Length Disco Mix) – 9:24
  2. "People Hold On" (Speng Mix) – 6:34
  3. "People Hold On" (Radio Mix) – 3:58
  4. "People Hold On" (New Jersey Jazz Mix) – 8:49
  5. "People Hold On" (A Capella) – 2:08

US 12" single (Limited Edition)

  1. "People Hold On" (NYC Club Mix) – 7:58
  2. "People Hold On" (Dirty Piano Mix) – 5:33
  3. "People Hold On" (Perk-Appella Mix) – 6:21
  4. "People Hold On" (Radio Mix) – 3:58
  5. "People Hold On" (NYC Club Edit) – 4:33
  6. "People Hold On" (R.E.T.T. Dub) – 8:07

Charts[edit]

Chart (1989) Peak
position
Belgian Flanders Singles Chart[1] 32
Dutch Singles Chart[1] 37
French Singles Chart[1] 45
German Singles Chart[1] 24
New Zealand Singles Chart[1] 38
UK Singles Chart[2] 11
US Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs[3] 6

"People Hold On" (The Bootleg Mixes)[edit]

"People Hold On (The Bootleg Mixes)"
Single by Lisa Stansfield vs The Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
from the album Lisa Stansfield
Released 6 January 1997 (1997-01-06)
Format CD single, cassette single, 7" single, 12" single
Recorded 1996
Genre Dance
Length 3:42
Label Arista
Writer(s) Matt Black, Jonathan More, Lisa Stansfield
Producer(s) The Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Lisa Stansfield singles chronology
"Dream Away"
(1994)
"People Hold On" (The Bootleg Mixes)
(1997)
"The Real Thing"
(1997)
Music video
"People Hold On" (The Bootleg Mixes) on YouTube

In late 1996, "People Hold On" was remixed by British producers Dan Bewick and Matt Frost who called themselves The Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. The CD single with these Bootleg Mixes was released on 6 January 1997 and charted higher than the original version of the song in 1989. It peaked at number four on the UK Singles Chart and topped the Billboard '​s Hot Dance Club Songs.

Because of this success, "People Hold On" (Bootleg Mix) was included on Lisa Stansfield's eponymous album (1997) as a bonus track. The music video, directed by Max Abbiss-Biro, does not include any new footage of Stansfield but uses small fragments taken from "Change" and "Someday (I'm Coming Back)" videos.

Later, "People Hold On" (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels Mix) was also featured on The Remix Album (1998) and a limited edition of Biography: The Greatest Hits (2003). On 24 October 2006, Dance Vault Mixes of "People Hold On" were released digitally. In 2014, Jon Is the Don Mix of "People Hold On" was included on the deluxe 2CD + DVD re-release of Lisa Stansfield.

Track listings[edit]

European CD single

  1. "People Hold On" (Dirty Radio Mix) – 3:42
  2. "People Hold On" (Jon Is The Don Mix) – 8:09

Australian/European CD maxi single

  1. "People Hold On" (Dirty Radio Mix) – 3:42
  2. "People Hold On" (Original 7" Version) – 3:58
  3. "People Hold On" (Jon Is The Don Mix) – 8:09
  4. "People Hold On" (Monjack Dub) – 7:59
  5. "People Hold On" (Full Length Disco Mix) – 9:21

European 12" single

  1. "People Hold On" (Jon Is The Don Mix) – 8:09
  2. "People Hold On" (Original 7" Version) – 3:58
  3. "People Hold On" (Monjack Dub) – 7:59
  4. "People Hold On" (Full Length Disco Mix) – 9:21

2006 US digital Dance Vault Mixes

  1. "People Hold On" (Dirty Radio Mix) – 3:42
  2. "People Hold On" (Original 7" Version) – 3:58
  3. "People Hold On" (Jon Is The Don Mix) – 8:09
  4. "People Hold On" (Monjack Dub) – 7:59
  5. "People Hold On" (Full Length Disco Mix) – 9:21

Charts[edit]

Cover and Sampled versions[edit]

Manix sampled the song in their track "Living in the Past" from the album of the same name, which was released in 2013.[10]

Appearances in other media[edit]

The song appears in the video game Grand Theft Auto IV on the radio station Vice City FM.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b "Lisa Stansfield - Singles". OCC. Retrieved 2013-04-23. 
  3. ^ a b "Lisa Stansfield - Chart History". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Retrieved 2013-04-23. 
  4. ^ Kent, David (2006). Australian Chart Book 1993-2005. Australia: Turramurra, N.S.W. : Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-45889-2. 
  5. ^ a b c d "Lisa Stansfield vs. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels - People Hold On". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2013-04-23. 
  6. ^ "Dance/Urban - Volume 65, No. 10, May 12 1997". RPM. Retrieved 2013-04-23. 
  7. ^ "Search the Charts". IRMA. Retrieved 2013-04-23. 
  8. ^ "Listas de Afyve: 1997 MaxiSingles". PROMUSICAE. Retrieved 2013-04-23. 
  9. ^ "The Year in Music". Billboard. Retrieved 2013-04-23. 
  10. ^ Manix, "Living In The Past" from WhoSampled