Alive (S Club song)

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"Alive"
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Single by S Club
from the album Seeing Double
B-side "Discotek"
Released 18 November 2002 (United Kingdom)
Format CD single, Cassette
Recorded London, England
Genre Pop, Disco
Length 3:42
Label Polydor
Writer(s) Simon Ellis
Sheppard Solomon
Tina Barrett (For "Discotek")
Producer(s) Simon Ellis
S Club singles chronology
"You"
(2002)
"Alive"
(2002)
Say Goodbye
(2003)
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"Alive" is a song by S Club, released as a single on 18 November 2002. Called a "power-packed dancefloor thriller" in the Best inlay booklet, the track features strong disco beats and samples. "Alive" was the first single to be released under the S Club name rather than S Club 7, and it was also the first single to be released without Paul Cattermole. "Alive" was the penultimate S Club single and apart from the double A-side "Say Goodbye"/"Love Ain't Gonna Wait for You", was the only track to be released from the fourth album, Seeing Double. It reached #5 in the UK Singles Chart. The B-side, "Discotek" was led and co-written by Tina Barrett.

Changes[edit]

There were several changes made to the Seeing Double album following Jo's illness (a back problem in which she had to take time out of the heavy promo campaigns and gruelling schedules and dance routines). On "Alive", "Love Ain't Gonna Wait for You" and "Dance" the band re-recorded the lead vocals that Jo sung to be performed by Rachel Stevens, so Rachel could take centre stage during promotions. The release was originally planned to have CD1 with Jo, and CD2 with Rachel, but, the idea was later scrapped in favour of Jo's vocals. The song was the poorest charting and selling S Club single in the band's history, peaking at #5 in the UK. Another thing of interest regarding "Alive" was revealed on CD:UK's behind the scenes footage of the making of the video where Bradley revealed that the original version of the song showcased Paul on lead vocals rather than himself.

Music video[edit]

The video for "Alive" shows the group dancing in the "S" Club. "Alive" is the only music video from S Club not to feature previous band member Paul Cattermole. In Seeing Double, Paul can be seen during the shots of the band playing live. In the music videos for "Love Ain't Gonna Wait for You" and "Say Goodbye", Paul can be seen in archive footage and replays of the band's previous videos respectively. It was directed by Nigel Dick.

Track listing[edit]

  • UK CD1
  1. "Alive" (Radio version)
  2. "Dance" (Radio version)
  3. "Alive" (Almighty mix)
  4. "Alive" (CD-ROM video)
  • UK CD2
  1. "Alive" (Radio version)
  2. "Discotek"
  3. "Dance" (Harry's Afro Hut Wonky remix)
  • Cassette
  1. "Alive" (Radio version)
  2. "Dance" (Radio version)
  3. "Alive" (Almighty mix)

Charts[edit]

Chart (2002) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[1] 30
Germany (Official German Charts)[2] 74
Ireland (IRMA) 15
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[3] 98
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[4] 5

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