Sky High (song)

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"Sky High"
Single by Jigsaw
B-side "Brand New Love Affair"
Released October 2, 1975
Genre Disco, pop
Length 2:53
Label Splash (UK)
Writer(s) Clive Scott, Des Dyer
Producer(s) Chas Peate

"Sky High" is the name of a 1975 single by British pop music group Jigsaw. The song, the main title theme to the film entitled The Man from Hong Kong, was a world-wide hit in the latter part of 1975, reaching #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #2 on the Adult Contemporary chart in the United States. It was also a Top 10 single in the UK Singles Chart. The 1975 Australian single was released under the name "British Jigsaw" because there was an established and popular local band called "Jigsaw".

Two years later the song gained more striking commercial success in Japan, peaking at the #2 on the Oricon singles chart and selling approximately 570,000 copies.[1] ZYX Records released an extended 12" version in 1987. A remixed version of the original Jigsaw cut by PWL remixer Pete Hammond was a minor dance hit in the U.S. in the spring of 1989. In a nod to the original 7" single release, "Brand New Love Affair" was also remixed and put on the B side.

Cover and remix versions[edit]

A cover version in French was recorded in 1975 by Éric Estève, who also contributed the lyrics.[2] The title was Plus haut que le soleil.

British singer Newton recorded "Sky High" in the mid 1990s. His cover version produced by Mike Stock and Matt Aitken became a hit, reaching the top-ten on the Australian charts. Although attributed to Newton, the lead vocal was actually performed for the recording by original Jigsaw vocalist Des Dyer who also clandestinely appears in the video.

Italian record label The SAIFAM Group produced a cover version in 2000 under the artist name of DJ Miko. This was available from SAIFAM on vinyl and compilation CD, and also on compilation CD from UK record label Klone Records. DJ Miko further remixed this version for the 2002 Dancemania compilation Speed 8. A remix of this DJ Miko version was later produced by DJ Kaya, which appeared on Dancemania's Covers 01 and TRE*SURE 10th Anniversary Special Edition in 2006.

Japanese rockband Beat Crusaders also covered the song on their 2005 album Musicrusaders.

UK record label Almighty Records produced a remix of the original Jigsaw track in 2006. This featured on their Almighty Definitive 4 compilation album in 2006.

US rap group Bone Thugs-n-Harmony sampled "Sky High" on their song "Flow Motion" from their Strength & Loyalty CD in 2007.

The song is also featured in the Dance Dance Revolution games.

Chart positions[edit]

Jigsaw version[edit]

Charts (1975–77) Peak
position
Japanese Oricon International Singles Chart 1[3]
Japanese Oricon Singles Chart 2[1]
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 3[4]
U.S. Billboard AC 4[4]
UK Singles Chart 9
Swedish Singles Chart 15[5]

Newton version[edit]

Charts (1995) Peak
position
Australian ARIA Singles Chart 8[6]
Belgium Ultratop Singles Chart 40[7]
UK Singles Chart 56

References[edit]

Preceded by
"Take Me Home, Country Roads" by Olivia Newton-John
"Hotel California" by the Eagles
Japanese Oricon International Chart
number one single (Jigsaw version)

March 14 - May 23, 1977
September 5, 1977
Succeeded by
"It's a Game" by Bay City Rollers
"Hotel California" by the Eagles