Teardrops (Womack & Womack song)

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"Teardrops"
Single by Womack & Womack
from the album Conscience
B-side "Conscious Of My Conscience"
Released August 5, 1988
Format CD single, vinyl single, cassette single
Recorded 1987
Genre Pop
Length 3:51
5:04 (album version)
Label Island
Writer(s) Dr. Rue and The Gypsy Wave Banner (Cecil & Linda Womack)
Producer(s) Chris Blackwell, Cecil Womack, Linda Womack
Womack & Womack singles chronology
"(I Wanna) Make Love to You"
(1987)
"Teardrops"
(1988)
"Life's Just a Ballgame"
(1988)
Music video
"Teardrops" (Official) on YouTube

"Teardrops" is a song on Womack & Womack's fourth studio album, Conscience (1988). The songwriters were listed as Dr. Rue & The Gypsy Wave Banner, a pseudonym of Cecil and Linda Womack, who also served as the producers of the track alongside Chris Blackwell. Released as the album's lead single during the third quarter of 1988 (see 1988 in music), it charted highly around the world, reaching number one in Australia and the Netherlands, number two in Germany and Switzerland, and number three in the UK.

In 1993 Elton John and k.d. lang covered "Teardrops" for John's album Duets. In 1998, British group Lovestation covered the song, and later, German pop band No Angels and Australian singer Kate Alexa released their own cover versions as singles in 2007 and 2008, respectively. In 2002 Lulu and Elton John covered the song for Lulu's album Together. In 2009, the Sugababes re-recorded the track for the 50 Years of Island Records compilation. It has also been covered by The xx in 2009, on a bonus disc with their debut album xx, as well as by British singer Joss Stone who included the track on her 2012 album The Soul Sessions Vol. 2. The song was featured on the soundtrack of the video game Grand Theft Auto IV on the fictional in-game station "Vice City FM". In 2011 the song was covered by Cliff Richard and Candi Staton for Richard's Soulicious album.

Music video[edit]

In the music video, the band members, studio musicians and backing vocalists are shown singing different parts of the song in a recording studio.[1]

Charts[edit]

Chart (1988) Peak
position
Australian ARIA Singles Chart[2] 1
Austrian Singles Chart[2] 4
Belgium (Ultratop 50)[3] 1
French Singles Chart[2] 4
German Singles Chart[4] 2
Irish Singles Chart[5] 4
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[6] 1
New Zealand Singles Chart[7] 1
Spain (AFYVE)[8] 5
Swedish Singles Chart[2] 14
Swiss Singles Chart[2] 2
UK Singles Chart[9] 3
Preceded by
"A Groovy Kind of Love" by Phil Collins
Dutch Top 40 number-one single
October 22, 1988 – December 2, 1988 (6 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Orinoco Flow" by Enya
Preceded by
"A Groovy Kind of Love" by Phil Collins
Belgian Singles Chart number one single
November 12, 1988 – December 2, 1988 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Wee Rule" by Wee Papa Girl Rappers
Preceded by
"Kokomo" by The Beach Boys
Australian Kent Music Report number-one single
February 13, 1989 - February 20, 1989 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" by The Proclaimers

Lovestation version[edit]

"Teardrops"
Single by Lovestation
B-side Remix
Released July 31, 1998
Format CD single
Recorded 1997
Genre UK garage
Length 3:50
Label Jive
Writer(s) Dr. Rue and The Gypsy Wave Banner (Cecil & Linda Womack)
Producer(s) Lovestation

In 1998, British group Lovestation released a version of "Teardrops" as both a CD single and 12" vinyl record. Unlike the original, the Lovestation version was composed in a UK garage style.[10] In 2000, the group released another version of the 1998 cover,[11] but did not achieve the same degree of success in the British charts. The 2000 release consisted of several extra lyrical lines.[citation needed]

Track listings[edit]

CD single

  1. "Teardrops" (Perky Park Radio) - 3:47
  2. "Teardrops" (Original 7" Mix) - 4:00
  3. "Teardrops" (Hip Hop Mix) - 6:30
  4. "Teardrops" (Perky Park Summer Experience Mix) - 6:15
  5. "Teardrops" (Serious Danger Mix) - 7:10

Charts[edit]

Chart (1998/1999) Peak
position
Australian ARIA Singles Chart 49
Dutch Top 40 52
German Singles Chart 66
Swiss Singles Chart 47
UK Singles Chart 14
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play 10

No Angels version[edit]

"Teardrops"
Single by No Angels
from the album Destiny Reloaded
A-side "Amaze Me"
B-side "Ain't Gonna Look the Other Way"
Released October 19, 2007
Format CD single, ring tone,
digital download
Recorded June 2007,
(Berlin, Germany)
Genre Dance-pop
Length 3:08
Label Polydor/Universal
Producer(s) Tobias Gustafsson, Vincent Pontare, Michel Zitron
No Angels singles chronology
"Maybe"
(2007)
"Teardrops"/
"Amaze Me"
(2007)
"Disappear"
(2008)

In early June 2007, German pop quartet No Angels re-recorded the song for the second half of the third single from their fourth studio album, Destiny (2007). Co-produced by Tobias Gustafsson, Vincent Pontare, and Michel Zitron, "Teardrops" was released alongside "Amaze Me" on October 19, 2007 (see 2007 in music).

The song was previewed on RTL's news programme Punkt 6 on August 22,[12] and by August 27, a thirty-seconds clip of the song had leaked onto the internet — the same week "Teardrops" was serviced to radio stations.[13] The quartet premiered the single on the television live show ZDF Fernsehgarten on September 9, 2007.

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Teardrops" was directed by Marcus Sternberg and shot in a filming studio between August 20 and 22, 2007 in Berlin, Germany.[14] Shot over twenty hours back-to-back with the video for "Amaze Me", the edited clip worldpremiered on September 29, 2007 on the Universal Music website. The clip received its first official airing in the week of September 29, on German music network iMusic1.[12]

The group has declared the filming of the "mammoth shoot" as "extremely exhausting", referring to its extraordinary length and a delay of several hours, caused by various technical defects.[12] Lucy Diakovska has described the plotless clip as a "funky disco-dance-energy-video", reflecting another facet of the band in music and style.[12] Inspired by a concept developed by all four members and based on Sternberg's treatment, the music video was eventually conceived as a stylistic counterpart to "Amaze Me".[12]

Formats and track listings[edit]

  • CD/Digital single ("Teardrops" edition)
  1. "Amaze Me" (Album Version) - 3:48
  2. "Teardrops" (Single Version) - 3:13
  3. "Teardrops" (Mozart&Friends Club Mix) - 3:45
  4. "Teardrops" (Mozart&Friends Psychedelic Mix) - 3:44
  5. "Teardrops" (Mozart&Friends House Mix) - 5:26
  6. "Teardrops" (Video)
  • CD/Digital single ("Amaze Me" edition)
  1. "Amaze Me" (Album Version) - 3:47
  2. "Teardrops" (Single Version) - 3:13
  3. "Ain't Gonna Look the Other Way" - 3:50
  4. "Amaze Me" (Remix) - 3:47
  5. "Amaze Me" (Instrumental) 3:47
  6. "Amaze Me" (Video)

Kate Alexa version[edit]

"Teardrops"
Single by Kate Alexa featuring Baby Bash
B-side "It's Alright"
Released 3 March 2008 (Australia)
Format CD, digital download
Recorded 2007
Genre Dance-pop
Length 4:16
Label Liberation
Producer(s) Molly Meldrum
Kate Alexa singles chronology
"Better than You"
(2006)
"Teardrops"
(2008)
Baby Bash singles chronology
"What Is It"
(2008)
"Teardrops"
(2008)
"Don't Stop"
(2008)

In early 2008, Australian singer Kate Alexa covered the song for her second studio album. It was produced by Molly Meldrum and features American rapper Baby Bash. It was released as the album's first single in Australia on 3 March 2008 as a CD single and digital download. Alexa has stated that she has always been a massive fan of the song, which was originally released the same year she was born.[15] The song was released to Australian radio on 1 February 2008, and peaked at number sixty-four on the airplay chart.[16]

The song's producer, Molly Meldrum, suggested that Alexa should cover the song.[15] Alexa states "I was looking to do a single between albums, and Molly came up with the idea of doing "Teardrops". At first, I was a little sceptical because the original is such a classic and I love it so much. But then Molly and I spoke about how we could do it."[15] American rapper, Baby Bash, heard what Alexa was doing with the song through a friend of Alexa's manager and decided to take part in the song.[15] Alexa states "He's a very cool guy. He came in and did the rap in one take, and it fitted perfectly. It’s got such an incredible feel and groove and we wanted to keep that vibe. But we also wanted to do something different, and the rap takes the track to a whole new place."[15]

The song debuted on the Australian ARIA Singles Chart in early March 2008 at number twenty-eight.[17] It went to peak at number twenty-six the following week. It also charted at number seven on the Physical Singles chart and number eight on the Australian Artists Chart.[18] "Teardrops" spent six weeks on the chart, five of which were in the top fifty.[17][18] The music video for the song was filmed on 14 January 2008, at the Love Machine in South Yarra, Victoria, Australia.

Track listing[edit]

  • CD single/digital download
  1. "Teardrops" (Meldrum Radio Edit) — 3:17
  2. "Teardrops" — 4:16
  3. "It's Alright" — 3:35
  4. "It's Alright" (Karaoke Version) — 3:36

Charts[edit]

Chart (2008) Peak
position
Australian ARIA Singles Chart[17] 26

Sugababes version[edit]

On 1 June 2009, English girl group Sugababes' record label Island Records released the album Island Life - 50 Years of Island Records for which the Sugababes covered the track "Teardrops". The song debuted on the Romanian Top 100 at #63 and charted 3 weeks later at #40.

References[edit]

  1. ^ TupazTube (16 January 2011). "Womack And Womack - Teardrops.mpg". YouTube. Google. Retrieved 3 June 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Track Chart History". Swisscharts. Retrieved 2007-09-09. 
  3. ^ "Teardrops in Belgian Chart". Ultratop and Hung Medien. Retrieved 4 June 2013. 
  4. ^ "Chart Trajectory". Chartsurfer. Archived from the original on 2007-12-23. Retrieved 2007-09-09. 
  5. ^ "Search". The Irish Charts. Retrieved 2007-09-09. 
  6. ^ "De Nederlandse Top 40, week 43, 1988". Retrieved 2013-08-01. 
  7. ^ Hung Medien. "Teardrops in New Zealand Chart". Retrieved 4 June 2013. 
  8. ^ Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2. 
  9. ^ "Archive Search". everyHit.com. Retrieved 2007-09-09. 
  10. ^ Staff (2012). "Lovestation – Teardrops". Discogs. Discogs. Retrieved 3 June 2012. 
  11. ^ Staff (2012). "Lovestation – Teardrops". Discogs. Discogs. Retrieved 3 June 2012. 
  12. ^ a b c d e "Fallende Engel". RTLakutell.de. Retrieved 2007-08-22. 
  13. ^ "Official Preview". Radio Ohr. Archived from the original on 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2007-08-27. 
  14. ^ "Neue Single!!". Sandy.tv. Retrieved 2007-08-19. 
  15. ^ a b c d e "KATE ALEXA LATEST NEWS". Liberation Music. Retrieved February 7, 2008.
  16. ^ "Australian Music Report Hot 100". Australian Music Report. Retrieved February 21, 2008.
  17. ^ a b c "Teardrops - Australian chart run". Australian-charts.com. Retrieved 10 April 2009.
  18. ^ a b "ARIA Top 100 Singles - Week Commencing 21st April 2008". ARIA Charts. Retrieved 10 April 2009.

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