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|
|Genre||New wave, synthpop, post-punk|
|Length||4:09 (7" version)
5:29 (Album version)
9:34 (Extended version)
|A Flock of Seagulls singles chronology|
"Wishing (If I Had a Photograph of You)" is a 1982 song by A Flock of Seagulls, the opening song and only hit single from their second album Listen. The song exemplifies "synth-pop's spaced-out loneliness" and yearning for imagined absent lovers, and is noted for its Wall of Sound-styled layer of synthesizer padding--a "multi-layered, hypnotic song", according to AllMusic.
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. In South Africa, it was enormously popular, reaching the no. 8 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||8|
|Australian Kent Report Singles Chart||46|
|New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart||33|
|Germany Singles Chart||37|
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- 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.
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