Club at the End of the Street

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"Club at the End of the Street"
Club at the end of the street.jpg
Single by Elton John
from the album Sleeping with the Past
B-side "Give Peace a Chance"
Released April 1990
Format CD, Vinyl record (7" and 12"), audio cassette
Genre Pop rock
Length 4:49
Label MCA (US)
Rocket (UK)
Writer(s) Music: Elton John
Lyrics: Bernie Taupin
Producer(s) Chris Thomas
Elton John singles chronology
"Club at the End of the Street"
"You Gotta Love Someone"

"Club at the End of the Street" is an up-beat song performed by Elton John and written by Bernie Taupin. From the album Sleeping with the Past, the song describes a night on the town between two lovers at a disclosed nightclub. John also describes the music of Otis Redding and Marvin Gaye being played. An interesting note is the video for the song was animated, due to Elton's involvement with the family of AIDS victim Ryan White. The record company demanded a video, but Elton was dedicated to spending time with Ryan. The single was a top 30 hit in the US in the summer of 1990. In Denmark, where the album was recorded, it hit #1 for two weeks and is still seen as one of Elton's biggest hits in that country.


On the 7" release, the B-side of this single release was Elton's rendition of the well-known John Lennon song "Give Peace a Chance". The song is perhaps the most bizarre recording released by Elton,[citation needed] a mix of funny voices, with "I Don't Wanna Go on with You Like That" in the background, while various people are mentioned as "The next contestants on 'making a B-side.'" This song was also released on his 1990 box set, To Be Continued.

Music video[edit]

The music video was produced by Animation City, an animation company in London, England and directed by Derek Hayes. It followed the success of the Madonna video, "Dear Jessie" by the same company. The music video version of the track is slightly faster than the single and album versions.

  • Director: Derek Hayes
  • Producer: Maddy Sparrow
  • Designer: Lin Jammet
  • Animators: Neville Astley, Paul Cowan, Jimmy Farrington, Kevin Griffiths, Andy Goff, Malcolm Hartley, Derek Hayes, Erica Russell.
  • Additional Animation: 'A' For Animation
  • Production Company: Animation City


  • Elton John: keyboards, lead and harmony vocals
  • Guy Babylon: keyboards
  • Davey Johnstone: guitar, backing vocals
  • Fred Mandel: keyboards, guitar, organ
  • Romeo Williams: bass guitar
  • Jonathan Moffett: drums
  • Vince Denham: saxophone
  • Marlena Jeter: backing vocals
  • Natalie Jackson: backing vocals
  • Mortonette Jenkins: backing vocals
  • Peter Iversen: Fairlight and Audiofile programming

Track listings[edit]

7" single / CD single
  1. "Club at the End of the Street" – 4:49
  2. "Give Peace a Chance" – 3:46
12" maxi
  1. "Club at the End of the Street" – 4:49
  2. "Give Peace a Chance" – 3:46
  3. "I Don't Wanna Go on with You Like That" (live in Verona, Italy) – 5:37


Chart (1990) Peak
Australian ARIA Singles Chart[1] 19
Austrian Singles Chart[2] 30
Canadian Singles Chart 12
Denmark Singles Chart[3] 1
French SNEP Singles Chart[4] 24
German Singles Chart[5] 45
Irish Singles Chart[6] 27
UK Singles Chart[7] 47
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[8] 28
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary[8] 2


  1. ^ "Club at the End of the Street", Australian (Retrieved 13 December 2007)
  2. ^ "Club at the End of the Street", Austrian Singles Chart (Retrieved 13 December 2007)
  3. ^ "Club at the End of the Street", Denmark Singles Chart (Retrieved 13 December 2007)
  4. ^ "Club at the End of the Street", French Singles Chart (Retrieved 13 December 2007)
  5. ^ German Singles Chart Archived 8 January 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ Irish Single Chart Archived 3 June 2009 at WebCite (Retrieved 13 December 2010)
  7. ^ "Club at the End of the Street", UK Singles Chart (Retrieved 12 January 2009)
  8. ^ a b Billboard (Retrieved 12 January 2009)

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