Reminiscing

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"Reminiscing"
Single by Little River Band
from the album Sleeper Catcher
B-side So Many Paths
Released 1978
Format 7"
Recorded 1978
Genre Pop rock, soft rock[1]
Length 4:11 (Album version)
3:29 (7" version)
Label Harvest Records
Writer(s) Graeham Goble
Producer(s) John Boylan, Little River Band
Little River Band singles chronology
"Happy Anniversary"
(1978)
"Reminiscing"
(1978)
"Lady"
(1978)
"Reminiscing"
Single by Madison Avenue
from the album The Polyester Embassy
Released 5 March 2001[2]
Format CD single
Recorded 1999
Genre Dance, house
Label EMI International
Writer(s) Graeham Goble
Producer(s) Andy Van Dorsselaer
Certification Gold[3]
Madison Avenue singles chronology
"Everything You Need"
(2000)
"Reminiscing"
(2001)

"Reminiscing" is a 1978 song written by Graeham Goble, and performed by Australian rock music group Little River Band. It remains their greatest success in the United States, peaking at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and #10 on the Easy Listening chart.[4] The song is about a couple reminiscing about the past, with certain music (such as Glenn Miller or Cole Porter tunes) reminding them of certain memories.

In 1993 "Reminiscing" was given a BMI Million-Air award for one million plays on US radio. By 2001 that award had expanded to the extraordinarily rare Four Million-Air award, acknowledging four million plays on American radio – the highest achievement ever for any Australian popular song.[5]

The original Little River Band song was used for the 2010 film The Other Guys starring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg.[6]

Cover versions[edit]

Barry Manilow covered the song for his 1996 album Summer of '78. Fellow Australian band Madison Avenue, covered the song. The single was released during 2001 and certified Gold by ARIA.

Jazz Nouveau (2012) released 'Reminiscing' which is a collection of Little River Band songs with a jazz/latin twist. Featuring five female vocalists, Emma Pask, Evelyn Duprai, Danielle Blakey, Anthea White and Anita Spring. Proceeds from the sale of this CD go to Variety - The children's charity. http://www.jazznouveau.com.au

Instrumental portions of the song were used as bumper music for the Tom Hatten hosted Family Film Festival on KTLA.[7]

k.d. lang recorded the song for the Australian version of her album Sing It Loud.

Biz Markie sampled the song for his song "Throwback" on the album Weekend Warrior.

Thumbs Carllile made a jazz cover on his 1979 album "Guitar Wizard"[8]

In popular culture[edit]

During American Idol's 2007 broadcast of Idol Gives Back, Ben Stiller jokingly threatened to sing the song nonstop until $200 billion in donations was achieved.

Charts[edit]

Chart (1978) Peak
position
Australia Kent Music Report[9] 35
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 3
U.S. Billboard Easy Listening 10

Madison Avenue version[edit]

Australian band Madison Avenue covered the song during 2001. Their version became a top ten success in their home country.

Formats and track listings[edit]

CD single
  1. "Reminiscing" (Da Classic Remix Edit)
  2. "Reminiscing" (Original Mix)
  3. "Everything You Need" (Olav Basoski Remix)
  4. "Reminiscing" (Da Classic Remix)
  5. "It's Alright" (Album Mix)

The song was also used in the movie "Date Night" and was played in the background during the Las Vegas scene of "Knocked Up". An instrumental of the song is played during the "Strike Out" episode of the sitcom "King Of Queens".

Charts[edit]

Chart (2001) Peak
position
Australian ARIA Singles Chart 9

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2001) Peak
position
Australian ARIA End of Year Singles Chart 9[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Soft Rock Music - What is Soft Rock? - Oldies Music Songs and Artists
  2. ^ http://www.sanity.com.au/product/product.asp?sku=770676.1
  3. ^ ARIA Charts - Accreditations - 2001 Singles
  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 147. 
  5. ^ "Feature Act - Book Birtles Shorrock Goble at MTA". Music Theatre Australia. Retrieved 18 July 2012. 
  6. ^ Lemire, Christie (4 August 2010). "Review: 'The Other Guys' goofs on buddy-cop movie cliches, and it actually works". The Canadian Press. Retrieved 29 August 2010. 
  7. ^ Tom Hatten (I) - Biography
  8. ^ Thumbs Carllile albums
  9. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book Ltd. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.  NOTE: Used for Australian Singles and Albums charting from 1974 until ARIA created their own charts in mid-1988. In 1992, Kent back calculated chart positions for 1970–1974.
  10. ^ ARIA Charts - End of Year Charts - Top Australian Singles 2001

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