Blue Room (The Orb song)

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"Blue Room"
Orb Blue Room.jpg
Single by The Orb
from the album U.F.Orb
B-side "Towers of Dub (Mad Professor Remix)"
Released 8 June 1992
Format Compact Disc
Genre Ambient house
Length 39:57
Label Big Life
Songwriter(s) Alex Paterson, Miquette Giraudy, Steve Hillage, Kris Weston and John Joseph Ward
Producer(s) Alex Paterson, Kris Weston
The Orb singles chronology
"Perpetual Dawn"
"Blue Room"

"Perpetual Dawn"
"Blue Room"

"Blue Room" is a single by The Orb. It was released on 8 June 1992 on Big Life Records. Chart Information Network, who compiled the UK singles chart, had recently extended the permissible playing time of a chart-eligible single from 25 minutes to 40 minutes. The Orb thus decided to record a 39:57 version of "Blue Room" for a special release. "Blue Room" is the longest single to ever reach the UK charts.[1] "Blue Room" entered the charts at position twelve and peaked at number eight. An edited version appears on the album U.F.Orb. The full version features a number of samples, including a small bit of the beginning of the "Mysterious Traveller" by Weather Report and a damaged portion of "Happy Birthday To You" by Marilyn Monroe at the end. The Orb caused controversy by appearing on Top of the Pops to promote the single. Instead of performing, Alex Paterson and Kris Weston played chess. The performance had a profound impact on Robbie Williams who later declared "that Top of the Pops changed my life".[2]

Track listing[edit]

12": Big Life / BLRT 75 (UK)[edit]

  1. "Blue Room (part 1)" (18:45)
  2. "Blue Room (part 2)" (19:01)

12": Mercury / 863653-1 (US)[edit]

  1. "Blue Room (frank de wulf remix)" (7:37)
  2. "Blue Room (excerpt 606)" (10:00)
  3. "Assassin (oasis of rhythms mix)" (15:14)

CD: Big Life / BLRDA 75 (UK)[edit]

  1. "Blue Room" (39:58)

CD: Big Life / BLRDB 75 (UK)[edit]

  1. "Blue Room (radio 7)" (4:09)
  2. "Blue Room (excerpt 605)" (6:00)
  3. "Towers of Dub (mad professor remix)" (14:51)

CD: Logic / 74321 10702-2 (DE)[edit]

  1. "Blue Room (radio 7)" (4:09)
  2. "Blue Room" (39:57)
  3. "Blue Room (excerpt 605)" (6:00)
  4. "Towers of Dub (mad professor remix)" (14:51)

CD: Mercury / CDP 804 (US)[edit]

  1. "Blue Room (edit)" (3:09)
  2. "Blue Room (Frank De Wulf Remix)" (7:37)
  3. "Assassin (The Oasis of Rhythms Mix)" (15:14)
  4. "Blue Room (Full Length)" (40:00)
  • limited edition bonus disc with the US issue of "U.F.Orb"


  • "Boyd, Brian (1998-10-23). "Unidentified Flying Orb". The Irish Times. p. 12.
  • Sullivan, Caroline (1993-04-09). "Breakdown". The Guardian.

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