Search for the Hero

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"Search for the Hero"
Single by M People
from the album Bizarre Fruit
Released 12 June 1995
Format 7" single, 12" maxi
CD single, cassette
Recorded 1994
Genre Soul, house
Length 4:12
Label Sony BMG, RCA
Writer(s) Mike Pickering, Paul Heard
Producer(s) M People
M People singles chronology
"Open Your Heart"
(1995)
"Search for the Hero"
(1995)
"Love Rendezvous"
(1995)

"Search for the Hero" is the third single (remixed) from Bizarre Fruit (1994), the multi-platinum selling album from M People. The song was written by Mike Pickering and Paul Heard and produced by M People. It was released on 12 June 1995. The song peaked at number nine on the UK Singles Chart.

Background[edit]

There had been a four-and-a-half-month gap between their previous single "Open Your Heart" and this single's release.

Originally penned as the second single, but delayed for a more radio-friendly single remix, "Search for the Hero" became one of the most familiar M People songs, responsible for propelling the parent album Bizarre Fruit back into the Top 10 in 1995 after having first charted at No. 4 from November 1994. "Search for the Hero" was associated with the Peugeot 406 television advert "The drive of your life".

Chart performance[edit]

In June 1995, "Search for the Hero" continued the band's unbroken run of eight consecutive Top 10 singles, entering the chart and peaking at number 9. It had been expected to chart much higher due to very strong radio support, but it stayed in the Top 20 for three weeks like predecessor single: "Open Your Heart". The single's chart positions peaked from number 9 to 12 to 17 to 25 to 31 to 36 to 59. The two Bizarre Fruit singles "Open Your Heart" and "Search for the Hero" had been swapped by the record company because of the high demand for dance music in 1995, so "Search for the Hero" was pushed to be the middle single scheduled for the summer as a precursor to their world tour.

The single sold 88,700 copies in its first week, which sold almost as much as Renaissance which, a year previously had sold, 89,000 in its first week charting higher at number 5 in February 1994.

This single also got to number 2 on the UK R'n'B Chart behind Bobby Brown's "Two Can Play That Game".

Airplay[edit]

Airplay for the single started off and remained encouraging from five weeks before retail release entering at number 45 moving to 31 to 23 to 18 and then to number 15 in the first retail week. Unlike the sales though, "Search for the Hero"'s airplay peaked at number 5 where it stayed for two weeks and did not leave the Airplay Top 40 for 13 weeks in total making the single one of M People's best ever airplay songs.

Notably, in May 1996, almost a year after release "Search for the Hero" actually re-entered the airplay chart at number 33 and climbed for five consecutive weeks only to peak at number 20. This is therefore one of two singles in the 90s apart from Robbie Williams's "Angels" and Ultra Naté's Free to do so.

Music video[edit]

The video was shot in early May 1995 in and around the iconic Battersea Power Station in South London on the still disused site with special flame effects and Heather at the forefront with the band playing behind her. A triptych of images are detailed with DNA formulae, people in busy places and body statistics make up this image and foundation of life. Children are also seen running free and playing in the desecration and dilapidation of broken down cars, bricks, mortar, fire and flames.

The whole line up of the band are seen as well as, on drums Andy Gangadeen, Lynieve Austin and Paul Johnson performing on backing vocals within the shell of the Power Station drums. The other images seen are of exploding cars, kids playing on wasteland, smashing glasses bottles and CCTV footage. There are two poignant images in the video are the dolls head falling to the ground and the child swing from the hanging rope noose.

Remixes[edit]

Remixes of the single were heavily R&B and not dance orientated for the first time of any M People single and were provided by Smith and Mighty. They serviced two mixes of the single in the form of a laid back RnB groove "Searchin mix" and a dub of the same remix. The other mix is from Producers: Blacksmith with their "Mellow Flava mix". The final track on the single is a live performance recorded in Germany on the Bizarre Fruit Tour earlier in 1995.

Track listings[edit]

Cassette
12" Maxi
  1. “Search for the Hero” (Smith & Mighty Searchin Mix)
  2. “Search for the Hero” (Smith & Mighty Searchin Dub)
  3. “Search for the Hero” (Blacksmith Mellow Flava Mix)
  4. “Search for the Hero” (Master Mix)
CD Maxi
  1. “Search for the Hero” (Radio mix)
  2. “Search for the Hero” (Smith & Mighty Searchin Mix)
  3. “Search for the Hero” (Smith & Mighty Searchin Dub)
  4. “Search for the Hero” (Blacksmith Mellow Flava Mix)
  5. “Search for the Hero” (Live Mix)

Charts[edit]

Chart (1995) Peak
Position
UK Singles Chart 9
Australian Singles Chart 37

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