The Hunter Gets Captured by the Game

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"The Hunter Gets Captured by the Game"
Single by The Marvelettes
from the album The Marvelettes
B-side "I Think I Can Change You"
Released December 27, 1966
Recorded Hitsville U.S.A., 1966
Genre Soul, pop
Length 2:45 (single version)
3:13 (album version)
Label Tamla
Writer(s) Smokey Robinson
Producer(s) Smokey Robinson
The Marvelettes singles chronology
"You're the One"
(1966)
"The Hunter Gets Captured by the Game"
(1967)
"When You're Young and in Love"
(1967)

"The Hunter Gets Captured by the Game" is a 1966 song recorded by The Marvelettes for the Motown label, from their self-titled album released that year.

The Marvelettes original[edit]

History[edit]

Written and produced by Smokey Robinson, the single peaked in the United States in spring 1967 at number 13 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop singles chart and at number two on the Billboard soul chart.[1] The song is written in the first person, from the point of view of someone who has "laid such a tender trap" to catch a lover. Lead singer Wanda Young-Rogers (wife of Miracles member Bobby Rogers) talks about how she had been stalking her lover, having to learn his "ways and habits" so she could plan how to catch him. But "certain things rearrange" and she finds herself caught, presumably, in love with her 'game.'

Personnel[edit]

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1967) Peak
position
Billboard Hot 100[2] 13
R&B Singles[2] 2

Grace Jones version[edit]

"The Hunter Gets Captured by the Game"
Single by Grace Jones
from the album Warm Leatherette
B-side "Sinning", "Warm Leatherette"
Released 1980
Format 7", 12"
Genre Pop, new wave, disco
Length 3:50
Label Island
Writer(s) Smokey Robinson
Producer(s) Chris Blackwell, Alex Sadkin
Grace Jones singles chronology
"Private Life"
(1980)
"The Hunter Gets Captured by the Game"
(1980)
"Breakdown"
(1980)

Jamaican singer Grace Jones covered "The Hunter Gets Captured by the Game" on Warm Leatherette in 1980, her first post-disco album. It was also released as the lead single in the USA and the fourth in the UK. The B-side on the European single is a completely different recording compared to the album version.

Track listing[edit]

  • U.S. 7" Single[3]
A. "The Hunter Gets Captured by the Game" – 3:49
B. "Sinning" – 5:06
  • EU 7" Single[4]
A. "The Hunter Gets Captured by the Game" (LP Version) – 3:50
B. "The Hunter Gets Captured by the Game" – 3:20
  • UK 12" Single[5]
A. "The Hunter Gets Captured by the Game" (Long Version) – 6:43
B. "Warm Leatherette" (Long Version) – 5:36

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1980) Peak
position
United States (R&B Singles)[6] 87

Other cover versions[edit]

The song has been covered by a number of contemporary recording artists, including:

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Billboard Hot 100". Billboard (Nielsen Company) 79 (11): 20. 1967. Retrieved 21 May 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "The Marvelettes". www.allmusic.com. Retrieved 2012-01-12. 
  3. ^ "Grace Jones - The Hunter Gets Captured By The Game (Vinyl) at Discogs". www.discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-01-12. 
  4. ^ "Grace Jones - The Hunter Gets Captured By The Game (Vinyl) at Discogs". www.discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-01-12. 
  5. ^ "Grace Jones - The Hunter Gets Captured By The Game (Vinyl) at Discogs". www.discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-01-12. 
  6. ^ "Grace Jones". www.allmusic.com. Retrieved 2009-10-16. 
  7. ^ "The Hunter Album Reviews Rolling Stone". www.rollingstone.com. Retrieved 2012-08-20. 
  8. ^ "Anna Domino - Anna Domino (Vinyl, LP, Album) at Discogs". www.discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-08-20. 
  9. ^ "3347. "The Hunter Gets Captured by the Game" by Grace Jones". sadclownrep.com. Retrieved 2012-08-20. 
  10. ^ "Nedelle - Hunter Gets Captured by the Game Video Youtube - NMETV Latest Music Videos and Clips". www.nme.com. Retrieved 2012-08-20. 
  11. ^ "Brendan Benson - Demos: New Album April 2009". www.guitars101.com. Retrieved 2012-08-20.