A Little Respect

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"A Little Respect"
Erasure - A Little Respect.jpg
Single by Erasure
from the album The Innocents
B-side "Like Zsa Zsa Zsa Gabor", "Love Is Colder Than Death"
Released September 19, 1988
Format 12", 7", CD
Recorded 1988
Genre Synthpop
Length 3:32
Label Mute (UK)
Sire (U.S.)
Songwriter(s) Vince Clarke, Andy Bell
Producer(s) Stephen Hague
Erasure singles chronology
"Chains of Love"
"A Little Respect"
"Chains of Love"
"A Little Respect"

"A Little Respect" is a song written and recorded by British synthpop duo Erasure, released in September 1988 as their tenth single. It was issued as the third European (and second American) single from their album The Innocents.

Known as one of their signature songs, "A Little Respect" continued Erasure's success on the UK Singles Chart, where it hit number four to become the band's fifth Top 10 single. It was also Erasure's second consecutive Top 20 hit on the Billboard Hot 100, where it climbed to number 14, and hit number two on the U.S. Hot Dance Club Songs chart. In the U.K. Mark Saunders and Phil Legg provided the remixes, for the U.S. the remixes were made by Justin Strauss.

Written by Erasure members Vince Clarke and Andy Bell, the heavily synthesized instrumentation is accentuated by acoustic guitar and Bell's use of falsetto in the chorus. The lyrics are a plea to a lover to show compassion and respect.

An acoustic version of "A Little Respect" is featured on the Moon & the Sky Plus EP in the UK. The song was remixed in 2006 by Jaded Alliance for the Future Retro compilation, and again in 2009 by Avantara for the Pop! Remixed album and EP and by Wayne G & Andy Allder for inclusion on the Phantom Bride EP.

Erasure remixed and re-released the track in December 2010 as a digital download-only single for charity. Proceeds from the sale of the single benefit the Hetrick-Martin Institute, the home of the Harvey Milk High School in New York, and the True Colors Fund. Called the "HMI Redux", it includes additional vocals from the Hetrick-Martin Institute youth chorus. Numerous HMI youth were featured in the "HMI Redux" music video that accompanied the track. Produced by Laundry Service Media and directed by Jason Stein, the video premiered on the Huffington Post[1] and was featured on Perez Hilton.[2][3]

Track listings[edit]

7" single (MUTE85)[edit]

  1. "A Little Respect"
  2. "Like Zsa Zsa Zsa Gabor"

12" single (12MUTE85)[edit]

  1. "A Little Respect" (extended mix)
  2. "Like Zsa Zsa Zsa Gabor" (Mark Freegard mix)
  3. "Love Is Colder Than Death"

Limited 12" single (L12MUTE85)[edit]

  1. "A Little Respect" (Big Train mix)
  2. "Like Zsa Zsa Zsa Gabor" (Rico Conning mix)
  3. "Love Is Colder Than Death"

CD single (CDMUTE85)[edit]

  1. "A Little Respect"
  2. "A Little Respect" (extended mix)
  3. "Like Zsa Zsa Zsa Gabor" (Rico Conning mix)
  4. "Love Is Colder Than Death"

US 12" single (Sire 21059-0)[edit]

  1. "A Little Respect" (12″ vocal)
  2. "A Little Respect" (12″ house mix)
  3. "A Little Respect" (extended mix)
  4. "A Little Respect" (Big Train mix)
  5. "Like Zsa Zsa Gabor" (Rico Conning mix)

US cassette single (Sire 927738-4)[edit]

  1. "A Little Respect"
  2. "Like Zsa Zsa Gabor"

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1988) Peak
Canadian Singles Chart 42
German Singles Chart 34
Irish Singles Chart 7
New Zealand Singles Chart 24
Singapore Singles Chart 6
Swiss Singles Chart 28
Poland Singles Chart 14
Japanese Singles Chart 19
UK Singles Chart 4
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 14
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs 2

Wheatus version[edit]

"A Little Respect"
Wheatus - Alittle respect single.png
Single by Wheatus
from the album Wheatus
Released July 9, 2001
Format 7", CD
Recorded 2000
Genre Pop rock
Length 3:19
Label Columbia
Songwriter(s) Vince Clarke, Andy Bell
Producer(s) Wheatus
Philip A. Jimenez
Wheatus singles chronology
"Teenage Dirtbag"
"A Little Respect"
"Wannabe Gangstar" / "Leroy"
"Teenage Dirtbag"
"A Little Respect"
"Wannabe Gangstar" / "Leroy"

American band Wheatus released the song in July 2001 as their second single from their debut album. The single peaked at number three in the United Kingdom, while reaching number 19 in Austria and number 41 in New Zealand.

Critical reception[edit]

Ayhan Sahin, of Billboard magazine reviewed the song favorably, saying that the version is "surprisingly polished, paying serious homage to Brit synth popsters Andy Bell and Vince Clark." He goes on to say that the structure of the song stays "intact, as does that super-sticky chorus, with acoustic and electric guitars playing back and forth in place of the '80s electronic beats."[4]

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by The Malloys and premiered in July 2001. It featured actor Shawn Hatosy and actress Brittany Murphy.[5]

Chart performance (Wheatus version)[edit]

Chart (2001) Peak
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[6] 19
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[7] 44
Germany (Official German Charts)[8] 32
Ireland (IRMA) 5
Italy (FIMI) 34
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[9] 41
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[10] 1
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[11] 84
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[12] 3

Audio Playground version[edit]

"(A Little) Respect"
Single by Audio Playground
Released August 4, 2009 (CD Maxi Single)
December 3, 2009 (The Radio Collection)
Format 7", CD
Recorded 2009
Genre Dance, pop
Label Canwest Musicworks
Songwriter(s) Vince Clarke, Andy Bell
Audio Playground singles chronology
"(A Little) Respect"
"(A Little) Respect"

In 2009, Canadian dance act Audio Playground released a cover of the song titled "(A Little) Respect". It peaked at number 77 on the Canadian Hot 100.

Track list[edit]

The Radio Collection – EP

  1. "(A Little) Respect" (Rhythm radio edit) (3:16)
  2. "(A Little) Respect" (Vocal Electro radio edit) (3:05)
  3. "(A Little) Respect" (ballad version) (3:43)

CD Maxi-Single – EP

  1. "(A Little) Respect" (Rhythm radio edit) (3:16)
  2. "(A Little) Respect" (Mike Rizzo Funk Generation radio edit) (3:15)
  3. "(A Little) Respect" (Vocal Electro radio edit)" (3:05)
  4. "(A Little) Respect" (Carlos Berrios Afterdark Radio) (3:21)
  5. "(A Little) Respect" (Party mix radio edit) (3:24)
  6. "(A Little) Respect" (Rhythm extended mix) (5:00)
  7. "(A Little) Respect" (Mike Rizzo Funk Generation club mix) (5:35)
  8. "(A Little) Respect" (Vocal Electro mix extended) (5:37)
  9. "(A Little) Respect" (Carlos Berrios Afterdark mix) (4:15)
  10. "(A Little) Respect" (Party extended mix) (4:50)
  11. "(A Little) Respect" (L7K Electro dub mix) (7:07)
  12. "(A Little) Respect" (Anders Urban Slice mix) (3:39)
  13. "(A Little) Respect" (Ballad Version) (3:43)

Chart performance (Audio Playground version)[edit]

Chart (2009) Peak
Canada (Canadian Hot 100) 77

Other cover versions[edit]

  • In 1992, ABBA tribute band Bjorn Again covered the song, scoring a UK #25 hit with their version.
  • In 1998, the song was recorded by the Portuguese band Silence 4 for their album Silence Becomes It.
  • In 1999, Argentine rock band Attaque 77 included an indie-rock version of "A Little Respect" sung in Spanish in their album Otras Canciones.
  • In 2000, Wheatus covered the song on their eponymous debut album Wheatus.
  • In 2011, Kim Wilde covered the song for her album Snapshots.
  • In 2011, CoLD SToRAGE recorded a chiptune cover of the track. [1]
  • In 2013, Anna Meredith released a cover of the track on her second EP for Moshi Moshi, Jet Black Raider, under the title ALR. [2]
  • In 2014, Juice Vocal Ensemble included an arrangement of the track on their second album, Laid Bare: Love Songs. [3]
  • In 2017, JD McPherson covered the track.[13]

Popular culture[edit]

  • An episode of Scrubs, "My Best Friend's Mistake," repeats the song throughout, comparing it to 'a virus' that keeps spreading.
  • In the movie D.E.B.S., Lucy Diamond lip-syncs to this song.
  • This song features as downloadable content for the Rock Band video game series.
  • This song features during a club scene in the HBO's series Looking.
  • Fans of Scottish football team Falkirk, English team Gateshead, and Northern Irish sides Glenavon and Crusaders regularly sing 'A Little Respect' at matches, as well as fans of the Northern Ireland national side.
  • English Rugby League club Hull Kingston Rovers have adopted the song as their anthem for their 2015 Challenge Cup run to the final with Andy Bell himself, posting a video of him singing the song from his home wishing them good luck for the final
  • The song is featured in Dance Central Spotlight as DLC.
  • On December 14, 2014, Neil Francis performed an impromptu version of the song in Kentish Town tube station, with most of the other tube patrons in the station gradually joining in; the video went viral globally with millions of views on Facebook.[14]
  • In the second season of the web television series "Narcos", Pacho Herrera turns the song's volume up as the drug smuggler "the Lion" is strangled by Navegante at Herrera's mansion.


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