Relight My Fire

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"Relight My Fire"
Single by Dan Hartman
from the album Relight My Fire
Released 1979
Format 7" vinyl, 12" vinyl
Recorded 1979
Genre Disco
Length 3:42
Label Blue Sky Records
Writer(s) Dan Hartman
Producer(s) Dan Hartman
Dan Hartman singles chronology
"Boogie All Summer"
(1979)
"Relight My Fire"
(1979)
"It Hurts to Be in Love"
(1980)

"Relight My Fire" is a popular song which was written and released by Dan Hartman in 1979, when it topped the U.S. dance-music charts for six weeks. It was also performed by Costa Anadiotis' band Café Society in 1984 and a British boy band Take That (with Lulu in a featured role) in 1993.

Dan Hartman version[edit]

Originally released in 1979 as the follow-up to "Instant Replay", "Relight My Fire" topped the United States dance charts for six weeks from December 12, 1979 to February 16, 1980; it was less successful in the UK, however, where it failed to chart. Loleatta Holloway is credited as a featured vocalist on some versions of the record, singing the "strong enough to walk on through the night" refrain. The song's strings and horns were played by MFSB and conducted by long time MFSB member Don Renaldo. The 12" version includes a 4½-minute intro called Vertigo, often used in discos as a floorfiller before the song begins; this 11:22 version is available on Hartman's 1994 hits package titled "Keep the Fire Burnin'". The title track from this album was a new recording between Hartman and Holloway, featuring some samples from "Relight My Fire".

Versions[edit]

  • 7" vinyl single-version, 3:42, U.S. release: Blue Sky, CBS ZS9 2784, 1979
  • 12" vinyl The Historical 1979 Re-Mix, 6:52, U.K. release: Blue Sky, SKY 12 8104, 1979
  • Vertigo/Relight My Fire, album-version, 9:44, U.S. release: Blue Sky, JZ 36302, 1979
  • 12" vinyl Vertigo/Relight My Fire (Progressive Instrumental Remix), 11:22, U.S. release: Blue Sky, 4Z8-2790, 1979
  • Vertigo/Relight My Fire (Full Length Version), 11:55, mixed By John Luongo, edited by Ben Liebrand (appears on Cd compilation Grand 12 inches volume 2, Sony Music Media 5198852000, 2005). This version features the full "Vertigo" intro of the "progressive instrumental mix", the entire 4-bar break and full vocal part of the album version and ends with the full outro of the "progressive instrumental mix".

In the media[edit]

  • The instrumental version was also the official Melodifestivalen sintony in 2004 and 2005.
  • This song is featured in Grand Theft Auto: The Ballad of Gay Tony on the in-game radio station K109 The Studio and at the end credits of the game as well.
  • This song was the theme of a classic Mexican sitcom called "Mis Huéspedes" (My Guests in English).

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1979) Peak
position
Belgian Singles Chart (Vl)[1] 11
Dutch Singles Chart[2] 7
U.S. Billboard Bubbling Under the Hot 100 Chart[3] 105
U.S. Billboard Dance/Club Play Songs Chart[4] 1

Take That version (1993)[edit]

"Relight My Fire"
Single by Take That featuring Lulu
from the album Everything Changes
Released October 3, 1993
Format 12" vinyl, maxi single, CD single, cassette
Recorded 1993
Genre Dance, house, Euro disco
Length 4:11
Label Polydor
Producer(s) Joey Negro, Andrew Livingstone
Take That singles chronology
"Pray"
(1993)
"Relight My Fire"
(1993)
"Babe"
(1993)

"Relight My Fire" was covered in 1993 by English boy band Take That and featured guest vocals from Lulu, reprising the Holloway role. The second of the band's eleven number-one hits, it topped the UK Singles Chart for two weeks in October 1993.[5] It was the first number-one single for Lulu and at the time broke the record between an act's chart debut and their reaching number one on the UK Singles Chart, happening 29 years 148 days after her debut with "Shout" in 1964.

The band performed the Dan Hartman version when on the Nobody Else Tour, with each member introduced at different parts of the intro.

In 1999, Love to Infinity remixed Take That's cover and issued it on a "12" vinyl" pressing "3.0 Hitmixes". In 2005, the track was remixed for their reunion compilation, known as the 'Element Remix'. However, only a 3 track CD single featuring the new remix was issued to DJs while the commercial CD single pressing was withdrawn.

The song has received a silver disc certification and sold over 330,000 copies in the UK.

The band appeared on Mooi! Weer de Leeuw in the Netherlands on the 14 March 2009 to perform "The Garden". They also ended up performing "Back For Good" and "Relight My Fire" due to popular demand from the host and audience the next day.

Music video[edit]

The music video depicts the band and singer Lulu dancing and partying in a club atmosphere.

Track listings[edit]

UK CD single #1 (74321 16772 2)
  1. "Relight My Fire" (Radio Version) - 3:59
  2. "Relight My Fire" (Full Length Version) - 11:17
  3. "Relight My Fire" (Late Night Mix) - 6:47
  4. "Relight My Fire" (All Night Mix) - 6:58
  5. "Relight My Fire" (Night Beats) - 5:20
UK CD single #2 (74321 16861 2)
  1. "Relight My Fire" (Album Version) - 4:11
  2. "Why Can't I Wake Up With You?" (Live Version) - 5:13
  3. "Motown Medley" (Live Version) - 10:14
  4. "Take That And Party" (Live Version) - 2:49
EU CD single #1 (74321 17032 2)
  1. "Relight My Fire" (Radio Version) - 3:59
  2. "Why Can't I Wake Up With You?" (Live Version) - 5:13
EU CD single #2 (74321 17033 2)
  1. "Relight My Fire" (Radio Version) - 3:59
  2. "Why Can't I Wake Up With You?" (Live Version) - 5:13
  3. "Relight My Fire" (Late Night Mix) - 6:47
Japanese 3" CD single (BVDP-94)
  1. "Relight My Fire" (Radio Version) - 3:59
  2. "Why Can't I Wake Up With You?" (Live Version) - 5:13
UK cassette (74321 16772 4)
  1. "Relight My Fire" (Radio Version) - 3:59
  2. "Why Can't I Wake Up With You?" (Live Version) - 5:13
UK 7" vinyl (74321 17032 7)
  1. "Relight My Fire" (Radio Version) - 3:59
  2. "Why Can't I Wake Up With You?" (Live Version) - 5:13
UK 12" vinyl (74321 16861 1)
  1. "Relight My Fire" (Full Length Version) - 11:17
  2. "Relight My Fire" (All Night Mix) - 6:58
  3. "Relight My Fire" (Late Night Mix) - 6:47
  4. "Relight My Fire" (Percacapella) - 2:11
  5. "Relight My Fire" (Night Beats) - 5:20
UK 2005 withdrawn CD single (82876 76060 2)
  1. "Relight My Fire" (Element Remix) - 3:46
  2. "Relight My Fire" (Original Version) - 4:11
  3. "Relight My Fire" (Video) - 4:12
UK 2005 withdrawn 12" vinyl (82875 76061 5)
  1. "Relight My Fire" (Element Remix) - 3:46
  2. "Relight My Fire" (Joey Negro Club Mix) - 6:43
  3. "Relight My Fire" (Joey Negro Vocal Mix) - 7:05

The medley contains versions of "Just My Imagination", "My Girl", "Reach Out (I'll Be There)", "Get Ready", "Treat Her Like a Lady" and "I Got You (I Feel Good)"

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1993-94) Peak
position[6][7]
Australia (ARIA Charts)[8] 33
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 75)[8] 27
Belgium (Ultratop 50) (Flanders)[9] 10
Europe (Eurochart Hot 100)[10] 8
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[7] 4
Germany (Media Control AG)[11] 18
Ireland (IRMA)[12] 2
Israel (Media Forest)[13] 1
Japan (Oricon)[14] 11
Netherlands (Mega Single Top 100)[8] 10
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[8] 32
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[8] 18
UK Singles (Official Chart Company)[15] 1
End of year chart (1993) Position
Belgian (Flanders) Singles Chart[16] 78
UK Singles Chart (1993 Year-End) 28

Chart succession[edit]

Preceded by
"The Second Time Around" by Shalamar
Billboard Hot Dance Club Play number-one single
(Dan Hartman version with "Vertigo" and "Free Ride")

January 12, 1980
Succeeded by
"And the Beat Goes On" / "Can You Do the Boogie" / "Out the Box" by The Whispers
Preceded by
"Cryin'" by Aerosmith
Israel Singles Chart (Take That version)
2 November 1993 - 16 November 1993 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"I Wouldn't Normally Do This Kind of Thing" by Pet Shop Boys
Preceded by
"Boom! Shake the Room" by DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince
UK Singles Chart number-one single (Take That version)
3 October 1993 - 17 October 1993 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)" by Meat Loaf

Certifications[edit]

Country Certification Date Sales certified
UK (Take That Version)[17] Silver 1 October 1993 330,000[18]

Official Take That versions[edit]

  • Album Version (4:10)
  • Radio Version (3:59)
  • Full Length Version (11:17)
  • Late Night Mix (6:47)
  • All Night Mix (6:58)
  • Night Beats (5:20)
  • Percacapella (2:11)
  • Live At Wembley Stadium (8:07)
  • Love To Infinity Mix (8:00)
  • Greed Mix (8:13)
  • Element Remix (3:46)

Café Society cover (1984)[edit]

In the middle 80's, South African disco group Café Society recorded this song which was the third and the last hit from the group.

José Galisteo cover (2007)[edit]

In 2007, José Galisteo, a contestant on Spain's Operación Triunfo, recorded it on his debut disc, Remember.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.ultratop.be/nl/song/1c94/Dan-Hartman-Relight-My-Fire
  2. ^ http://dutchcharts.nl/showitem.asp?interpret=Dan+Hartman&titel=Relight+My+Fire&cat=s
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel. Top Pop Singles 1955-2002. Menomonee Falls, WI; Record Research Books, 2003, p. 304
  4. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/artist/dan-hartman-mn0000670057/awards
  5. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 558. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  6. ^ Steffen Hung. "Take That feat. Lulu - Relight My Fire". lescharts.com. Retrieved 2014-03-31. 
  7. ^ a b Pennanen, Timo: Sisältää hitin - levyt ja esittäjät Suomen musiikkilistoilla vuodesta 1972. Helsinki: Kustannusosakeyhtiö Otava, 2006. ISBN 9789511210535. page: 280
  8. ^ a b c d e Steffen Hung. "Take That feat. Lulu - Relight My Fire". lescharts.com. Retrieved 2014-03-31. 
  9. ^ "Take That feat. Lulu - Relight My Fire". ultratop.be. Retrieved 2014-03-31. 
  10. ^ "Hits of the World - Eurochart Hot 100". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 14 August 1993. p. 40. Retrieved 21 July 2012. 
  11. ^ "Take That singles, German Singles Chart" (in German). musicline. Retrieved 19 April 2010. 
  12. ^ Irish Single Chart Irishcharts.ie IRMA Irish Chart Archive.
  13. ^ http://swisscharts.com/song/Take-That-feat.-Lulu/Relight-My-Fire-2690
  14. ^ Oricon Singles Chart Oricon Singles Chart (Retrieved 2 November 2012)
  15. ^ UK Singles Chart Chartstats.com (Retrieved 10 April 2008)
  16. ^ 1993 Belgian (Flanders) Singles Chart Ultratop.be (Retrieved 28 July 2008)
  17. ^ UK certifications Bpi.co.uk (Retrieved 2 September 2008)
  18. ^ http://www.officialcharts.com/chart-news/take-thats-top-40-biggest-selling-songs-3313/ Official Charts Company - best selling Take That songs 29 November 2014

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