All You Zombies (song)

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"All You Zombies"
All You Zombies Single 7".jpeg
7" single cover (1985)
Single by The Hooters
from the album Nervous Night
Released1982 (live)
1985 (extended)
Format7", 12", 12" promo, 7" live
Recorded11 April 1981 at Emerald City, Cherry Hill, New Jersey (live version)
GenreRock
Length5:54 (long), 3:52 (short)
LabelEighty Percent Records (1982)
Columbia (1985)
Songwriter(s)Eric Bazilian, Rob Hyman
Producer(s)Rick Chertoff
The Hooters singles chronology
"All You Zombies"
(1982)
"And We Danced"
(1985)
Alternative cover
7" live single cover (1982)
7" live single cover (1982)
Audio sample

"All You Zombies" is a song by The Hooters. It was first recorded live and released as a single in 1982. It was subsequently included on the band's debut album Amore (1983) and an extended version of the song was included on their second album Nervous Night (1985). This version was released as a single in 1985. The song reached #3 on the Mainstream Rock and #58 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1985.[1] It was most successful in Australia, peaking at #8 for two weeks in September 1985.[2]

History[edit]

Writing[edit]

Influenced by Reggae music, co-writer Eric Bazilian said the band was working on a different song when the idea "just came to us, like a vision." The band members dropped their work on the other song and finished "All You Zombies" that night. Writing partner Rob Hyman believed the song to be the fastest they had written "that was of any quality."[3][4]

Recording[edit]

The Hooters first released a version of "All You Zombies" recorded live at the Emerald City nightclub in Cherry Hill, New Jersey on April 11, 1981. A different version of the song later appeared on the Amore album, released independently in 1983.

Hyman and Bazilian had worked with Cyndi Lauper on her album She's So Unusual, which led to Columbia Records offering the band a contract. They re-released "All You Zombies" with additional instrumental sections, making the song almost six minutes long. It became a hit, reaching the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and top 10 in Australia.

The song has been covered by German singer Sandra for her eighth studio album The Art of Love, and released as a promo single. Another cover was published by the German band Santiano in 2013 (album Mit den Gezeiten). They used a German text and changed it into a song about Vikings going to Walhalla, which is the title of the song.

Controversy[edit]

Eric Bazilian told the Chicago Tribune in 1985 that he didn't know the meaning of the song despite having written it. "People ask us what it's about ... the weird thing is we didn't consciously put [the heavy stuff] there.[3] Hyman later told Songfacts that the biblical images, including Moses and Noah, were not part of any agenda, though some radio stations refused to play it. "I love songs like that, you just listen and every time you hear it you kind of wonder what's going on."[4]

Track listing[edit]

7" live single (1982)[5]
A side: "All You Zombies (Live)" (4:09)
B side: "Rescue Me" (4:03)
12" single (1985)[6]
A side: "All You Zombies (Extended Version)" (5:58)
B side: "Where Do the Children Go" (5:29)
12" promo single (1985)
A side: "All You Zombies (Long)" (5:54)
B side: "All You Zombies (Short)" (3:52)
7" single (1985)
A side: "All You Zombies (Long)" (5:54)
B side: "Nervous Night" (3:57)

Charts[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Nervous Night Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-08-26.
  2. ^ a b "Forum – ARIA Charts: Special Occasion Charts – 1985". Australian-charts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 15 April 2017.
  3. ^ a b Popson, Tom (September 6, 1985). "Just What Does "Zombies" Say?". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved July 4, 2019.
  4. ^ a b ""All You Zombies" by the Hooters". Songfacts. Retrieved July 4, 2019.
  5. ^ All You Zombies (Live) at Discogs
  6. ^ All You Zombies at Discogs (list of releases)
  7. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  8. ^ "offiziellecharts.de Hooters – "All You Zombies"" (in German). GfK Entertainment. Retrieved 15 April 2017.
  9. ^ "charts.nz Hooters – "All You Zombies"" (ASP). Hung Medien. Recording Industry Association of New Zealand. Retrieved 15 April 2017.
  10. ^ "Billboard: The Hot 100, 29 June 1985". billboard.com. Retrieved 15 April 2017.