Avenue (song)

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Single by Saint Etienne
from the album So Tough
B-side "Paper", "Some Place Else", "Johnny in the Echo Café"
Released October 1992
Format 12" vinyl, cassette, CD
Genre Electronica
Length 7:37 (12")
Label Heavenly - HVN 23
Writer(s) Stanley/Wiggs/Cracknell/Catt
Saint Etienne singles chronology
"Join Our Club" / "People Get Real" (1992) "Avenue"
"You're in a Bad Way"

"Avenue" is a song by British pop group Saint Etienne, from the album So Tough (1992). The song was originally titled Lovely Heart or Young Heart.[1] The album version is a 7-minute version with lengthy instrumental sequences; it was edited down to around 4 minutes for radio play, though the commercial single contained the full-length version, with the radio edit only released on promotional material. The edit wasn't released commercially until 2005's Travel Edition 1990-2005.

The song describes a woman nostalgically remembering a love affair from her youth, mostly through impressionistic and surreal imagery, with the refrain: "oh, how many years / is it now Maurice?". The chorus repeats the words "Young heart". The song is recorded with echo effects that make it sound as though it is being performed in a large hall.

The birdsong on the track is sampled from the Pink Floyd track "Cirrus Minor" from the 1969 album More. "Paper" features guitarist Maurice Deebank of the band Felt. "Johnny In The Echo Café" is based on a sample from Forest's song "Bluebell Dance", from their album Full Circle.

The video for the single release depicts the band driving to Brighton.

A remix single was also released, with two remixes each by Gordon King (from World of Twist) and Rudy Tambala of A.R. Kane. King's "Variety Club Mix" was later included on the remix collection Casino Classics.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Catt, Cracknell, Stanley and Wiggs; except where indicated

12" - Heavenly / HVN 23-12 (UK), CD (HVN 23CD) and Cassette (HVN 23CS)
  1. "Avenue" - 7:35
  2. "Some Place Else" (Stanley, Wiggs) - 3:46
  3. "Paper" (Cracknell, Maurice Deebank) - 4:10
  4. "Johnny in the Echo Café" (Stanley, Wiggs) - 3:59
12" - Heavenly / HVN 23-12R (UK) and CD (HVN 23CDR)
  1. "Avenue" (Variety Club Mix) - 6:21
  2. "Avenue" (Butlins Mix) - 5:57
  3. "Avenue" (Martial Mix) - 6:27
  4. "Avenue" (Venusian Mix) - 5:19
CD - Heavenly / HVN 23CDP (UK Promo)
  1. "Avenue" (Radio Edit) - 3:48
  2. "Avenue" - 7:35
  3. "Some Place Else" (Stanley, Wiggs) - 3:46
  4. "Paper" (Cracknell, Deebank) - 4:10
  5. "Johnny in the Echo Café" (Stanley, Wiggs) - 3:59


  1. ^ "Record Collector". November 1995: 36–39.