A Simple Motion
|"A Simple Motion"|
|Song by t.A.T.u. from the album 200 km/h in the Wrong Lane (re-issue)'|
|Released||10 November 2012|
|Genre||Pop, adult contemporary|
|Writer||Mars Lasar, Ivan Shapovalov, Martin Kierszenbaum, Valeriy Polienko|
|200 km/h in the Wrong Lane (re-issue)' track listing|
"A Simple Motion" (Russian language; Prostye Dvizheniya. Cyrillic; Простые Движения) is a song by Russian recording group t.A.T.u., taken from their re-release of their debut English studio album 200 km/h in the Wrong Lane (2002). The song was written by Mars Lasar, Ivan Shapovalov, Martin Kierszenbaum, Valeriy Polienko, while the production was handled by Trevor Horn.
"A Simple Motion" was written by Mars Lasar, Ivan Shapovalov, Martin Kierszenbaum, Valeriy Polienko, while the production was handled by Trevor Horn and was to appear on their studio album 200 km/h in the Wrong Lane. Before the song emerged, there was a Russian counterpart entitled "Prostye Dvizheniya". The song was recorded in 2001 and was featured on their remix compilation, t.A.T.u. Remixes (2003). "Prostye" was originally proceeded as the lead single of the compilation, but due to lack of promotion, it was cancelled. A music video was released in Russia, which caused controversy as it featured a nude Volkova masturbating and having orgasms. The song only appeared on the groups remix compilation only.
In February 2008, when t.A.T.u. uploaded the Russian edit on their YouTube page, the group added in their description in the video that pre-recordings of the English version did exist, but were left unreleased.
On October 2, 2012, Cherrytree Records announced via their website that they would be re-releasing the groups first studio album as 200 km/h in the Wrong Lane: 10th Anniversary Gold Edition, a celebration of ten years for the groups first studio album. Cherrytree officially confirmed that an unreleased song, which was "A Simple Motion" would be featured on the re-release album, with the track list being revealed.
Recording and release
The song was recorded in Los Angeles, California in 2002. While working with t.A.T.u, their producer and A&R Martin Kierszenbaum stated he had the "privilege" to work with the group and was proud of releasing the album with the unreleased song. Lena Katina, former member of the group stated that she found "A Simple Motion" her favorite on her album described it along with many album tracks as "nostalgic."
Cherrytree Records premiered the song on their SoundCloud account. Around the end of 2012, Universal Music Russia decided to issue a promotional CD Single in Europe containing the song in a plastic sleeve case. It is the last CD single by t.A.T.u. issued by their previous labels Universal and Interscope.
"A Simple Motion" received favorable reviews from music critics, which some found it a highlight. Bradley Stern from Muumuse stated "Drifting along mournful strings and a solemn piano melody, the English version is a devastating rendition that puts their lush vocals at the forefront. “A simple motion over and over,” the girls cry out on repeat–well, over and over. It’s gorgeous." Virginia López from Eurovisionary described the version "long-awaited" and called it a "ballad with a solemn piano melody."
There was no music video recorded for the English version, but a Russian video for the Russian edit was shot. The music video caused controversy in Russia, as it featured Yulia Volkova masturbating in the video. The video was eventually banned in Russia due to this content.
Volkova responded to the scene, stating "Well, like everybody does. If you don't know, you must be too young! Although I think people your age probably do much less innocent things." Shapovalov, who directored the music video said that he wasn't to fazed if its banned, saying ""Tatu are ratings-makers for the music TV channels, so I'm positive they will air the video."
An original version was shot, featuring several "simple motions". Lena Katina is shown in a cafe, doing things ranging from drinking water to flipping books pages. Several shots showed Yulia Volkova naked in a bathtub masturbating. However, Shapovalov stated in an interview that he had to censor it, saying "[We] decided to censor the masturbation scene, leaving in only a shot of Yulia's face at the moment she has an orgasm." Volkova's nudity was exploited further in leaked clips; after she removed her top, her breasts were exposed while she masturbated.
Tracklist and formats
- Album version
- "A Simple Motion" – 2:47
- Europe Promo CD Single
- "A Simple Motion" – 2:48
|United States||November 10, 2012||Digital download||Universal Music Russia, Cherrytree/Interscope|
- t.A.T.u. - t.A.T.u. Remixes. Discogs.
- Prostye Dvizhenia. Youtube.com.
- Tatu presents a naughty video.
- Cherrytree to Reissue "200km/h In The Wrong Lane" with Unreleased Song "A Simple Motion" and Special Remixes. Posted by Cherrytree on October 2, 2012 at 1:30am.
- Cherrytree to Reissue "200km/h In The Wrong Lane" as 10th Anniversary Edition.
- 10 YEARS IN THE WRONG LANE: AN INTERVIEW WITH T.A.T.U.. By Bradley Stern.
- A Simple Motion by CherrtreeRecords on SoundCloud.
- United States iTunes A Simple Motion by t.A.T.u.
- Austria iTunes A Simple Motion by t.A.T.u.
- Australia iTunes A Simple Motion by t.A.T.u.
- Italy iTunes A Simple Motion by t.A.T.u.
- New Zealand iTunes A Simple Motion by t.A.T.u.
- Netherlands iTunes A Simple Motion by t.A.T.u.
- Spain iTunes A Simple Motion by t.A.T.u.
- Switzerland iTunes A Simple Motion by t.A.T.u.