Valerie (The Zutons song)
|Single by The Zutons|
|from the album Tired of Hanging Around|
|B-side||"April Fool", "I Will Be Your Pockets", "In the City", "Get Up and Dance"|
|Released||19 June 2006 (UK)|
|Format||CD single, 7" single|
Olympic Studio 2
|Genre||Indie rock, blues rock|
|Writer(s)||Dave McCabe, Russell Pritchard, Sean Payne, Abi Harding, Paul Molloy & Boyan Chowdhury|
|The Zutons singles chronology|
"Valerie" is a song by the English indie rock band The Zutons from the band's second studio album, Tired of Hanging Around (2006). Released as the album's second single on 19 June 2006 in the United Kingdom, along with their previous single "Why Won't You Give Me Your Love?", it gave The Zutons their joint-biggest single to date as well as their second UK Top 10 single, climbing from #41 (through download sales alone the day before physical release) to its peak at #9 in the UK Singles Chart. The music video was directed by Scott Lyon.
Track listings and formats
- CD 1
- "April Fool"
- CD 2
- "I Will Be Your Pockets"
- "In the City"
- "Valerie" (Video)
- 7" single
- "Get Up and Dance"
|European Hot 100 Singles||33|
|Irish Singles Chart||32|
|UK Singles Chart||9|
Mark Ronson and Amy Winehouse version
|Single by Mark Ronson featuring Amy Winehouse|
|from the album Version and Back to Black: The B-Sides|
"Back to Black"
|Released||15 October 2007 (UK)
30 July 2008 (U.S.)
|Format||CD single, digital download|
|Genre||R&B, soul, jazz|
|Writer(s)||Dave McCabe, The Zutons|
|Mark Ronson singles chronology|
English musicians Mark Ronson and Amy Winehouse covered "Valerie" for Ronson's second studio album, Version (2007). Released as the album's third single on 15 October 2007, the track was originally done when Winehouse appeared on Jo Whiley's Live Lounge show on BBC Radio 1. The song was featured in the feature film 27 Dresses. Singer and director Jordan Galland plays the electric piano in this single. Rolling Stone called the cover Winehouse's only "notable recording" after Back to Black. Winehouse had previously recorded a slower-tempo version of the song, which appeared as bonus track on the deluxe edition of Back to Black.
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The single peaked at Number 2 on the UK Singles Chart, where it spent 19 consecutive weeks inside the Top 20. With sales of 329,490, it became the UK's ninth biggest-selling single of 2007. As of 23 November 2008, the single has sold 491,890 copies in the UK, and spent 36 consecutive weeks on the Official UK Singles Chart between September 2007 and May 2008. It re-entered the chart in late June 2008 to take its total to 39 weeks.
The song was released in early 2008 in the Netherlands, quickly gaining airplay and sales. It is both Ronson's and Winehouse's most successful song in the country, peaking at Number 1 for four consecutive weeks.
"Valerie" was performed in a Ronson medley during the 2008 BRIT Awards ceremony on 20 February 2008, with an appearance by Winehouse, the first time the two have performed the song together. The song also received a nomination for British Single, but lost out to Take That's "Shine". This performance would allow the song to jump back to the top 20 on the UK Singles Chart.
The single's music video, directed by Robert Hales, was filmed in London on 28 August 2007. It shows Ronson and a group of jazz musicians inviting a woman from the audience onto their stage to "sing" the song (after they notice that Winehouse is not present), followed by (presumably) the woman's friends, in the style of group karaoke—although the women essentially mime to Winehouse's voice. A second video of the song has been produced for the Baby J remix, which features samples from the Winehouse/Ronson edition with a rap overlay that makes frequent reference to Ronson and Winehouse (although no mention is made of The Zutons), as does the video itself. Rapper Wale can be seen in the beginning of the video.
Track listings and formats
- CD single
- "Valerie" (Baby J Remix)
- "Valerie" (The Count & Sinden Remix)
- "California" (Live from Wireless Festival)
End of decade charts
The Australian pop rock band Brittle covered the song for their 2008 EP Chinese Whispers.
There was a performance (tribute to Amy Winehouse) by Dionne Bromfield (goddaughter of Amy Winehouse), Aura Dione, Ivy Quainoo, Caro Emerald & Ina Müller at the 2012 Echo Awards Presentation in Germany.
Singer Selah Sue performed the song.
The brothers Mark, Rushawn and Marquise Scott of the group AKNU (A Kind Never Understood) performed the Bruno Mars version when they auditioned for The X factor USA 2013. They received three Yes votes from the judges with Simon Cowell remarking "I actually could watch this whole audition all over again... I loved it that much".
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- Radio 1 Chart of the Decade, as presented by Nihal on Tuesday 29 December 2009
- "One Direction Cover Amy Winehouse And Kings Of Leon On 'Up All Night' Tour". Capital FM. 22 December 2011. Retrieved 18 November 2012.
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