Smack Jack

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"Smack Jack"
Single by Nina Hagen
from the album NunSexMonkRock
B-side Cosma Shiva
Released 1982
Format
Recorded
Genre
Length 3:28
Label CBS
Writer(s) Ferdinand Karmelk
Producer(s) Mike Thorne
Nina Hagen singles chronology
"Herrmann Hiess Er"
(1980)
"Smack Jack"
(1982)
"New York New York"
(1983)

"Smack Jack" is a song by German singer Nina Hagen released in 1982 by CBS Records as a lead single from her debut solo album NunSexMonkRock. It deals with a drug addiction and is actually written by Hagen's Dutch ex-boyfriend and father of her daughter Cosma Shiva, Ferdinand "Ferdi" Karmelk, who was a heroin addict and later died of AIDS in 1988. It is Hagen's second song addressing this theme after her 1979 song "Herrmann Hiess Er", which is believed to be about her ex-boyfriend Herman Brood. The music video for the song shows Hagen dressed as a man with two of her other transformations dancing in the background and singing the chorus.

Track listings[edit]

  • 7" single (Europe)[1]
  1. "Smack Jack" – 3:28
  2. "Cosma Shiva" – 3:15
  • 12" single (Europe)[2]
  1. "Smack Jack" – 5:10
  2. "Cosma Shiva" – 3:15
  • 12" promo single (US)[3]
  1. "Smack Jack" – 5:14
  2. "Cosma Shiva" – 3:20
  3. "Born In Xixax" – 2:55

References[edit]

  1. ^ Smack Jack (EUROPEAN 7-INCH SINGLE LINER NOTES) (Media notes). Nina Hagen Band. CBS Records. 1982. CBSA 2357. 
  2. ^ Smack Jack (EUROPEAN 12-INCH SINGLE LINER NOTES) (Media notes). Nina Hagen Band. CBS Records. 1982. A-12.2357. 
  3. ^ Smack Jack (US 12-INCH SINGLE LINER NOTES) (Media notes). Nina Hagen Band. CBS Records. 1982. AS 1506. 

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