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"
ReleasedSeptember 19, 1988
Format12", 7", CD
Recorded1988
GenreSynthpop, new wave[1]
Length3:32
LabelMute (UK)
Sire (U.S.)
Songwriter(s)Vince Clarke, Andy Bell
Producer(s)Stephen Hague
Erasure singles chronology
"Chains of Love"
(1988)
"A Little Respect"
(1988)
"Stop!"
(1988)

"A Little Respect" is a song written and recorded by the English synthpop duo Erasure, released in September 1988. The lyrics are a plea to a lover to show compassion and respect. It was their tenth single and was taken from their third studio album The Innocents. Known as one of their signature songs, "A Little Respect" reached number-four in the UK Singles Chart and was Erasure's second consecutive Top 20 hit on the Billboard Hot 100, where it made number 14, and reached number two on the U.S. Hot Dance Club Songs chart.

The song was written by Vince Clarke and Andy Bell. The heavily synthesized instrumentation is accentuated by acoustic guitar and Bell's vocal falsetto in the chorus. An acoustic version of appears on the Moon & the Sky Plus EP in the UK.

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
position
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
ReleasedJuly 9, 2001
Format7", CD
Recorded2000
GenrePop rock
Length3:19
LabelColumbia
Songwriter(s)Vince Clarke, Andy Bell
Producer(s)Wheatus
Philip A. Jimenez
Wheatus singles chronology
"Teenage Dirtbag"
(2000)
"A Little Respect"
(2001)
"Wannabe Gangstar" / "Leroy"
(2002)

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."[2]

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by The Malloys and was released in July 2001. It featured Shawn Hatosy and Brittany Murphy.[3]

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2001) Peak
position
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[4] 19
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[5] 44
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[6] 13
Germany (Official German Charts)[7] 32
Ireland (IRMA)[8] 5
Italy (FIMI)[9] 28
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[10] 41
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[11] 1
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[12] 84
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[13] 3

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2001) Position
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[14] 69

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[15] Silver 200,000double-dagger

double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

Audio Playground version[edit]

"(A Little) Respect"
A-little-respect-audio-playground.jpg
Single by Audio Playground
ReleasedAugust 4, 2009 (CD Maxi Single)
December 3, 2009 (The Radio Collection)
Format7", CD
Recorded2009
GenreDance, pop
LabelCanwest Musicworks
Songwriter(s)Vince Clarke, Andy Bell
Audio Playground singles chronology
"(A Little) Respect"
(2009)
"Shadows"
(2010)

In 2009, Canadian dance act Audio Playground released a cover of the song titled "(A Little) Respect".

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)

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 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.[16]

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.[17]
  • 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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Erasure: From Moscow to Mars - An Erasure Anthology". July 13, 2017.
  2. ^ Billboard, July 14, 2001 - Vol. 113, No. 28, Page 26.
  3. ^ Featured in Wheatus Music Video 'A Little Respect'. Archived November 11, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Wheatus – A Little Respect" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  5. ^ "Ultratop.be – Wheatus – A Little Respect" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  6. ^ "Ultratop.be – Wheatus – A Little Respect" (in French). Ultratip.
  7. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Wheatus – A Little Respect". GfK Entertainment Charts.
  8. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – A Little Respect". Irish Singles Chart.
  9. ^ "Italiancharts.com – Wheatus – A Little Respect". Top Digital Download.
  10. ^ "Charts.nz – Wheatus – A Little Respect". Top 40 Singles.
  11. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  12. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Wheatus – A Little Respect". Swiss Singles Chart.
  13. ^ "Wheatus: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company.
  14. ^ "The Official UK Singles Chart 2001" (PDF). UKChartsPlus. Retrieved 22 May 2018.
  15. ^ "British single certifications – Wheatus – A Little Respect". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 22 May 2018. Select singles in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Type A Little Respect in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  16. ^ "Song premiere: JD McPherson covers 'A Little Respect'". The Current. Retrieved 9 July 2017.
  17. ^ DayVideoEdits (December 15, 2014). "Neil Francis singing on London Underground" – via YouTube.

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