A Little Time

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"A Little Time"
Single by The Beautiful South
from the album Choke
Released September 1990 (UK)
Recorded 1990
Genre Pop rock, country pop
Label GO! Discs
Songwriter(s) Paul Heaton/David Rotheray
Producer(s) Mike Hedges, The Beautiful South
The Beautiful South singles chronology
"I'll Sail This Ship Alone"
"A Little Time"
"My Book"
"I'll Sail This Ship Alone"
"A Little Time"
"My Book"

"A Little Time" is a song by The Beautiful South, and is the band's only single to reach number 1 in the UK Singles Chart.[1][2] It consists of a duet featuring vocalists Dave Hemingway and Briana Corrigan.[3]

The single was the first to be released from the Choke album. However, the other two singles taken from the album did not share similar success; "My Book" charted at number 43 whereas "Let Love Speak Up Itself" charted at number 51.[1]

The song is featured on the PlayStation 2 game SingStar Party.[4]


The video won the 1991 Brit Awards for British Video of the Year, directed by photographer Nick Brandt, which is their only Brit Award to date.[5] It features a fighting couple (played by Hemingway and Corrigan), a trashed house, a load of flour and feathers, and a teddy bear's head impaled on the end of a kitchen knife.[3]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "A Little Time"
  2. "In Other Words I Hate You"
  3. "What You See Is What You Get"


  1. ^ a b "Beautiful South | Artist". Official Charts. Archived from the original on 2011-06-15. Retrieved 2014-03-30. 
  2. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 520. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  3. ^ a b [1] Archived June 16, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ "SingStar - Home". Singstargame.com. Retrieved 2014-03-30. 
  5. ^ "The Beautiful South". Brits.co.uk. 2014-02-19. Archived from the original on 2013-10-20. Retrieved 2014-03-30. 

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Preceded by
"Show Me Heaven" by Maria McKee
UK number-one single
October 21, 1990, for 1 week
Succeeded by
"Unchained Melody" by The Righteous Brothers