Weekend (Earth and Fire song)

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"Weekend"
Single by Earth and Fire
from the album Reality Fills Fantasy
B-side "Answer Me"
Released November 1979 (1979-11)
Format 7" vinyl
Genre Disco, Synthpop
Length 3:35
Label Vertigo
Writer(s) Gerard Koerts
Producer(s) Earth and Fire
Gerrit-Jan Leenders
Earth and Fire singles chronology
"7, 8th Avenue"
(1977)
"Weekend"
(1979)
"Fire of Love"
(1980)

"Weekend" is a song from 1979 by Dutch band Earth and Fire. It was written by guitarist Gerard Koerts for the album Reality Fills Fantasy.

Earth and Fire version[edit]

"Weekend" was released by Earth and Fire as a single in November 1979 and reached the number one spot in the singles charts in the Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany, Denmark and Portugal.[1]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Weekend"   Gerard Koerts 3:35
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
2. "Answer Me"   Chris Koerts, Bert Ruiter 5:16

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1979-1980) Peak
position
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[2] 14
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[3] 1
Denmark (IFPI)[1] 1
Germany (Media Control Charts)[4] 1
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[5] 1
Portugal (AFP)[1] 1
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[6] 1
Preceded by
"Sun of Jamaica" by Goombay Dance Band
German Singles Chart number-one single
25 April 1980 – 16 May 1980
Succeeded by
"Der Nippel" by Mike Krüger

Chips version[edit]

"Weekend"
Single by Chips
from the album Chips and 20 bästa låtar
Released January 1997
Format 7" vinyl, CD
Genre Country Music
Length 3:35
Label Mariann Grammofon AB
Writer(s) Gerard Koerts
Producer(s) Chips
Chips singles chronology
"Dag efter dag"
(1982)
"Weekend"
(1997)

In 1997 Weekend was covered by the Swedish group Chips. Originally, the version was recorded 1980, but it was decided that version releasing from the album 20 bästa låtar. The B-Side it is the Instrumental Tokyo.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Weekend"   Gerard Koerts 3:35
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
2. "Tokyo"   Lasse Holm 3:00


Scooter Version[edit]

"Weekend!"
Single by Scooter
from the album The Stadium Techno Experience
B-side "Curfew"
Released 24 February 2003 (2003-02-24)
Genre Techno
Length 3:35
Writer(s) Gerard Koerts
H. P. Baxxter
Rick J. Jordan
Jay Frog
Jens Thele
Producer(s) Scooter
Scooter singles chronology
"Nessaja"
(2002)
"Weekend"
(2003)
"The Night"
(2003)

"Weekend" was also covered by German techno group Scooter as "Weekend!". It was released in February 2003 as the first single from their 2003 album The Stadium Techno Experience.[7] The single reached number 2 in the German Media Control Charts and was also a top-10 single in Norway, Austria, Denmark, the Netherlands, Finland and Sweden.[8]

Music video

The video for the song takes place on an illuminated part of a loam-covered floor encircled by dark. While Scooter are performing the song, there are Buddhist and Christian monks, nuns, Asian martial artists, topless women, traditional Indian female dancers and Ganesha dancing around them. H. P. Baxxter can also be seen wearing a costume resembling those worn by the Roman centurions. The video was censored in the multimedia part of the CD single released in Germany.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Weekend!" (Radio Edit) 3:35
2. "Weekend!" (Extended) 5:10
3. "Weekend!" (Club Mix) 6:02
4. "Curfew"   3:14

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2003) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[9] 37
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[10] 4
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[11] 35
Denmark (Tracklisten)[12] 4
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[13] 7
Germany (Media Control Charts)[14] 2
Hungary (Single Top 20)[15] 1
Ireland (IRMA)[16] 14
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[17] 7
Norway (VG-lista)[18] 3
Romania (Romanian Top 100)[19] 100
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[20] 9
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[21] 33
UK Independent (Official Charts Company)[22] 1
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[23] 12

Certifications[edit]

Country Certification Date Sales certified
Norway [24] Platinum 2003 30,000 +

Other versions[edit]

In 1980 the Belgian band De Strangers released a Dutch-language version of the song under the title "Pluchke".[25]

The song was released in German version as "Kein Mädchen für das Wochenende" which was first sung by Conny Morin and later was covered by Daniela Dilow.[26]

In 2002 Kid Q released the single "This Feeling", which contains a sample of "Weekend".[27]

In 2008 Bloodhound Gang release a cover version of the Scooter cover for "Weekend!"

In 2012, Belgian electro producer Mickey release a cover version of the original track featuring Sylvie 'Billie' Kreusch.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "earth-and-fire.nl - biografieën (Dutch)". Retrieved 15 April 2009. 
  2. ^ "Earth & Fire – Weekend – Austriancharts.at" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  3. ^ "Ultratop.be – Earth & Fire – Weekend" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  4. ^ "Die ganze Musik im Internet: Charts, News, Neuerscheinungen, Tickets, Genres, Genresuche, Genrelexikon, Künstler-Suche, Musik-Suche, Track-Suche, Ticket-Suche – musicline.de" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  5. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Earth & Fire search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.
  6. ^ "Earth & Fire – Weekend – swisscharts.com". Swiss Singles Chart.
  7. ^ Scooter - Weekend! at discogs.com
  8. ^ "Scooter - Weekend!" (in German). Hitparade.ch. Retrieved 16 April 2009. 
  9. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Scooter – Weekend!". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  10. ^ "Scooter – Weekend! – Austriancharts.at" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  11. ^ "Ultratop.be – Scooter – Weekend!" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  12. ^ "Danishcharts.com – Scooter – Weekend!". Tracklisten.
  13. ^ "Scooter: Weekend!" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland.
  14. ^ "Die ganze Musik im Internet: Charts, News, Neuerscheinungen, Tickets, Genres, Genresuche, Genrelexikon, Künstler-Suche, Musik-Suche, Track-Suche, Ticket-Suche – musicline.de" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  15. ^ "Archívum – Slágerlisták – MAHASZ – Magyar Hanglemezkiadók Szövetsége" (in Hungarian). Single (track) Top 10 lista. Magyar Hanglemezkiadók Szövetsége.
  16. ^ "Chart Track: Week 15, 2003". Irish Singles Chart.
  17. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Scooter search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.
  18. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Scooter – Weekend!". VG-lista.
  19. ^ Romanian Top 100: Editia 21, saptamina 2.06-8.06, 2003
  20. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Scooter – Weekend!". Singles Top 60.
  21. ^ "Scooter – Weekend! – swisscharts.com". Swiss Singles Chart.
  22. ^ nessaja in den UK-Independent-Charts
  23. ^ "Archive Chart" UK Singles Chart.
  24. ^ "Norwegian certifications – Nessaja" (in Norwegian). IFPI Norway. 
  25. ^ De Strangers - Troef
  26. ^ ZDF-Hitparade (Live - Berliner Union Film Studios) Sendung Nr. 125
  27. ^ Kid Q - This Feeling at Discogs.com