Wishing (If I Had a Photograph of You)

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"Wishing (If I Had a Photograph of You)"
Single by A Flock of Seagulls
from the album Listen
B-side "Committed"
Released 1982
Format 7", 12"
Recorded 1982
Genre New Wave, synthpop, post-punk
Length 4:09 (7" version)
5:29 (Album version)
9:34 (Extended version)
Label Zomba Records
Producer(s) Mike Howlett
A Flock of Seagulls singles chronology
"Space Age Love Song"
(1982)
"Wishing (If I Had a Photograph of You)"
(1982)
"Nightmares"
(1983)

"Wishing (If I Had a Photograph of You)" is a 1982 New Wave song by A Flock of Seagulls, the opening song and only hit single from their second album Listen.[1] The song exemplifies "synth-pop's spaced-out loneliness" and yearning for imagined absent lovers,[2] and is noted for its Wall of Sound-styled layer of synthesizer padding--a "multi-layered, hypnotic song", according to AllMusic.[1]

Unlike the band's 1982 hit "I Ran (So Far Away)", largely a United States and Australian hit, "Wishing" performed strongly in Great Britain and reached the Top 10; in the US it reached the top 40 on the U.S. Billboard charts in summer 1983.[3] In South Africa, it was enormously popular, reaching the no. 8 position.[4]

Chart positions[edit]

Charts Peak
position
UK Singles Chart 10
Irish Singles Chart 6
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 26
U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks 3
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play 26
South African Singles Chart[5] 8
Australian Kent Report Singles Chart 46
New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart 33
Germany Singles Chart 37

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Bogdanov, Vladimir (2001). All Music Guide to Electronica: The Definitive Guide to Electronic Music. Backbeat Books. p. 137. ISBN 9780879306281. Retrieved 19 January 2013. 
  2. ^ "Spin Alternative Record Guide". Spin. 10 October 1995. Retrieved 19 January 2013. 
  3. ^ Bogdanov, Vladimir; Woodstra, Chris; Erlewine, Stephen Thomas (2002). All Music Guide to Rock: The Definitive Guide to Rock, Pop, and Soul. Hal Leonard Corporation. p. 417. ISBN 9780879306533. Retrieved 19 January 2013. 
  4. ^ http://www.rock.co.za/files/springbok_top_20_(F).html
  5. ^ http://www.rock.co.za/files/springbok_top_20_(F).html

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