The Rattler

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"The Rattler"
Single by Goodbye Mr. Mackenzie
Released October 6, 1986
Format 7" vinyl, 12" vinyl
Recorded Hart Street Studios,
Edinburgh, Scotland
Genre Alternative, new wave
Length 3:51
Label The Precious Organisation
Producer(s) Wilf Smarties
Goodbye Mr. Mackenzie singles chronology
"Death of a Salesman"
(1984)
"The Ratler"
(1986)
"Face to Face"
(1987)
"The Rattler"
Single by Goodbye Mr. Mackenzie
from the album
Good Deeds and Dirty Rags
Released February 1989
Format 7" Vinyl, 12" vinyl, CD single
Genre Alternative, new wave
Length 3:51
Label Capitol
Producer(s) Goodbye Mr. Mackenzie
Add. production and mix by Mack
Engineered by Jack The Cat
Goodbye Mr. Mackenzie singles chronology
"Open Your Arms"
(1988)
"The Ratler"
(1989)
"Goodwill City"/"I'm Sick of You"
(1989)

The Rattler is a song by Scottish rock band Goodbye Mr. Mackenzie. The song was originally released in 1986, but however failed to chart[citation needed]. The band released the song again in 1989 and gave the band their first and only UK top 40 hit, charting at #37.[1]

Track listings[edit]

Original release[edit]

  • UK 7" single The Precious Organisation JEWEL2T
  1. "The Rattler (I Hold What I Need In My Right Hand)"
  2. "Candlestick Park (Wrapped Up In Paper And Words)"
  • UK 12" single The Precious Organisation JEWEL2T
  1. "The Rattler (I Hold What I Need In My Right Hand)"
  2. "Candlestick Park (Wrapped Up In Paper And Words)"
  3. "The End (We Never Got The Way That We Should Go)"

Major label re-release[edit]

  • UK 7" single Capitol Records CL 522 (Card sleeve)
  • UK 7" single Capitol Records CLG 522 (Gatefold sleeve)
  1. "The Rattler" - 4:04
  2. "Here Comes Deacon Brodie" - 5:08
  • UK 12" single Capitol Records 12CL 522
  • UK 12" single Capitol Records 12CLP 522 (Limited edition w/poster)
  1. "The Rattler" - 4:04
  2. "Here Comes Deacon Brodie" - 5:08
  3. "Theme From Calton Hill" - 4:15
  • UK 12" single Capitol Records 12CLG 522 (Gatefold sleeve)
  • UK CD single Capitol Records CDCL 522
  1. "The Rattler" - 4:04
  2. "Here Comes Deacon Brodie" - 5:08
  3. "Calton Hill" - 4:15
  4. "Drunken Sailor" - 3:28

Credits[edit]

  • Artwork By [Design And Art Direction] - Ken Donald
  • Bass - Neil Baldwin (2)
  • Drums - Kelly*
  • Lyrics By [Words], Music By - Kelly*, Metcalfe*
  • Producer - Wilf Smarties (tracks: A, B1)
  • Vocals, Guitar - Martin*
  • Vocals, Keyboards - Rona*, Shirley Manson

Comprehensive charts[edit]

Year Single Chart Position
1986 "The Rattler" UK Indie Chart #8 [2]
1989 "The Rattler" UK CIN Singles Chart #37 [1]

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