Run Away (Real McCoy song)

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"Run Away"
Single by Real McCoy
from the album Another Night
Released July 7, 1994
Format CD, digital download
Genre Eurodance
Length 4:03
Label Arista
Writer(s) Olaf Jeglitza, Quickmix, Jürgen Wind
Producer(s) Christian Berman, Frank Berman, Freshline
Real McCoy singles chronology
"Automatic Lover (Call for Love)"
(1994)
"Run Away"
(1994)
"Love And Devotion"
(1995)

"Run Away" is a song by German group Real McCoy. It was released in July 1994 as the third single from the album, "Another Night". It gained immense popularity and reached number 3 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, where it was certified Gold, and number 6 in the United Kingdom. The lyrics are based on the George Orwell novel Nineteen Eighty-Four. Also, all female vocals on the song were performed by Karin Kasar.

Music Video[edit]

"Run Away" has two music videos. The first video was made for the European market and contains a desert-like setting with Patsy singing while walking in the desert. The second video made for the North American market, which featured heavy allusions to George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four, was rejected by their North American record label Arista Records for its "dark" imagery. Arista chose to use the less stark European video in its place. The North American video was directed by Nigel Dick and contains a factory-setting with many overworked "slave-like" workers; meanwhile Olaf Jeglitza plays the role of "Big Brother", monitoring all progress and demanding the workers to work harder while yelling at them.

Official versions[edit]

  • "Run Away" (Airplay Mix I) 3:52
  • "Run Away" (Airplay Mix II - Album Version) 3:58
  • "Run Away" (Album Version) 4:01 - taken from "Space Invaders" and is a label cut of the Club Attack Mix
  • "Run Away" (Club Attack Mix) 5:45
  • "Run Away" (Reel House Mix) 5:45
  • "Run Away" (Fly N' Away Mix) 6:00
  • "Run Away" (Hallucination Mix) 5:35
  • "Run Away" (Progressiv Mix) 4:30
  • "Run Away" (Pulsar Mix) 6:02
  • "Run Away" (Reel House Mix Edit - Video Mix) 3:05
  • "Run Away" (Sudden Boom Mix) 5:27 (Rare)

Charts[edit]

Peak positions[edit]

Chart (1994–1995) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[1] 4
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[2] 24
Belgium (VRT Top 30 Flanders)[3] 11
Canada (RPM)[4] 33
Canada Dance (RPM)[5] 10
Chile (Top 100) 8
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[6] 4
Germany (Media Control Charts) 22
Ireland (IRMA)[7] 5
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[8] 33
New Zealand (RIANZ)[9] 6
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[10] 11
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[11] 25
United Kingdom (The Official Charts Company)[12] 6
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[13] 3
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play[13] 3
U.S. Billboard Rhythmic Top 40[13] 7
U.S. Billboard Top 40 Mainstream[13] 3

End of year charts[edit]

End of year chart (1995) Position
Australian ARIA Chart [14] 36
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[15] 38

Trivia[edit]

  • "Run Away" was featured in 2005 commercial for the Lexus RX SUV.
  • Backup singers were used to enhance the post-chorus refrain where Karin sings "oh oh oh oh" because the vocal melody fell out of her vocal range.[16]
  • A shortened and enhanced variation of the "Club Attack Mix" saw significant airplay on select rhythmic top 40 / dance radio stations in Chicago, New York and Orlando, but was never released on any album or single.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Run Away - Australian chart run". Australian-charts.com. Retrieved 24 May 2009.
  2. ^ "Run Away - Austria chart run". Austriancharts.at. Retrieved 24 May 2009.
  3. ^ Belgian peak
  4. ^ Canadian Top Singles peak
  5. ^ Canadian Dance chart peak
  6. ^ Pennanen, Timo (2006). Sisältää hitin - levyt ja esittäjät Suomen musiikkilistoilla vuodesta 1972 (in Finnish) (1st ed.). Helsinki: Tammi. ISBN 9789511210535. 
  7. ^ Irish Single Chart Irishcharts.ie (Retrieved April 10, 2008)
  8. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Real McCoy search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.
  9. ^ "Run Away - New Zealand chart run". Charts.org.nz. Retrieved 24 May 2009.
  10. ^ "Run Away - Sweden chart run". Swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 24 May 2009.
  11. ^ "Run Away - Switzerland chart run". Hitparade.ch. Retrieved 24 May 2009.
  12. ^ "Chart Log UK - The Rabble Army – RZA". Zobbel.de. Retrieved 24 May 2009.
  13. ^ a b c d "Allmusic - Real McCoy Another Night chart history". Allmusic. Retrieved 24 May 2009.
  14. ^ "ARIA Charts - End Of Year Charts - Top 50 Singles 1995". Retrieved 2014-07-01. 
  15. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1995". Retrieved 2010-08-27. 
  16. ^ "Real McCoy Official Blog"

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