The Heat Is On (Agnetha song)

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Not to be confused with The Heat Is On (Glenn Frey song).
"The Heat Is On"
Single by Agnetha Fältskog
from the album Wrap Your Arms Around Me
B-side "Man"
Released 1983
Format 7" single, 12" single
Recorded 1983
Genre Europop, Pop
Length 3:53
Label Polar Music
Writer(s) Florrie Palmer/Tony Ashton
Producer(s) Mike Chapman
Agnetha Fältskog singles chronology
Never Again
(1982)
The Heat Is On
(1983)
Wrap Your Arms Around Me
(1983)

"The Heat Is On" was recorded by former ABBA member Agnetha Fältskog in 1983 as part of her first English solo-album, Wrap Your Arms Around Me.

The single was a cover version of a 1979 song by Noosha Fox, which failed to chart when Fox released it as a single. (It had also been rewritten by Manfred Mann's Earth Band as "On the Run" for their 1980 album Chance (album)). In contrast, Agnetha's version proved so successful throughout Europe, it sold more copies than any of ABBA's 1982 single releases. In the UK, "The Heat Is On" peaked at No.35, making it Faltskog's highest charting solo single in Britain until the release of her 2004 comeback single, "If I Thought You'd Ever Change Your Mind", which reached No.11.

The B-side of "The Heat Is On" was the song "Man", written by Agnetha herself. Compared to her pre-ABBA-albums where most of the songs were self-penned, this was the only song on the Wrap Your Arms Around Me album that she wrote herself.

In some countries, the record companies also released a 12"-single featuring an extended version of "The Heat Is On" instead of the album version.

Video[edit]

The official promo video was shot by Swedish director Erik Irion Nanne in a public bath in Stockholm (Centralbadet) for two nights after closing time. According to Nanne, after the last shot Agnetha fell into the water and could not continue (her hair got all wet). The video also features dancer Blossom Tainton.[1]

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1983) Position
Belgian Singles Chart (Flanders) 2[2]
Norwegian Singles Chart 1[2]
Swedish Singles Chart 1[2]
Dutch Singles Chart 5[2]
French Singles Chart 10 [3]
Swiss Singles Chart 15[2]
German Singles Chart 20[2]
Irish Singles Chart 28[4]
U.K. Singles Chart 35[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Agnetha Fältskog -The Heat Is On". YouTube. 2013-05-04. Retrieved 2014-05-23. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Agnetha Fältskog – The Heat Is On". Ultratop.be (in Dutch). Ultratop & Hung Medien. Retrieved 23 January 2013. 
  3. ^ "France". Home.zipworld.com.au. 2013-07-13. Retrieved 2014-05-23. 
  4. ^ http://irishcharts.ie/search/placement
  5. ^ "Agnetha Faltskog". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 23 January 2013.