Woodpeckers from Space

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"Woodpeckers from Space"
Single by VideoKids
from the album The Invasion of the Spacepeckers
B-side "Rap and Sing Along"
Released October 5, 1984
Format 7" vinyl, 12" vinyl
Recorded 1984
Genre Synthpop, dance-pop, electro, Italo disco
Length 3:34
Label Polydor
Writer(s) A. Adams & Fleisner
Producer(s) A. Adams & Fleisner
VideoKids singles chronology
"Woodpeckers from Space"
"Do the Rap"

"Woodpeckers from Space" is a song by the euro disco/Italo disco duo VideoKids from The Netherlands. The song features sound effects from the Speak & Spell toy. It was also heard in the original version of Pingu episode "Pingu Looks After the Egg".

Music video[edit]

The video starred Peter Slaghuis, who was the lead singer and died in a car accident in 1991. It also featured a space animal that was used for a woodpecker. Another one of VideoKids' songs called "Satellite" also featured it in the video. The video had two people on a spaceship and the original members of the band.


The song was covered by the South African outfit Café Society in 1985 and their version held the No. 1 position on the South African Top 20 for 8 weeks. VideoKids never released the song in South Africa due to the political situation at the time. The song was also covered by the Norwegian bubblegum/trance/dance group SpritneyBears in 2003, and laid in second place on the Norwegian chart, spending 8 weeks on that chart in total.


Chart (1984/1985) Peak
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[1] 15
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[2] 17
Germany (Media Control Charts)[3] 4
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[4] 14
Norway (VG-lista)[5] 1
Spain (AFYVE)[6] 1
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[7] 8
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[8] 6
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company) 72