Ever So Lonely

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"Ever So Lonely"
Single-Ever So Lonely-Monsoon-1982 cover.jpg
Single by Monsoon
from the album Third Eye
B-side"Sunset over the Ganges"
Released21 August 1981 (1981-08-21)[1]
StudioRockfield
GenreWorld
Length3:58
LabelThe Mobile Suit Corporation
Songwriter(s)Steve Coe
Producer(s)
Alternative cover
12-inch single cover
12-inch single cover

"Ever So Lonely" is a song written by Steve Coe and originally recorded by Monsoon with Sheila Chandra on vocals. The single became a No. 12 hit in the United Kingdom following a re-release in March 1982, staying on the UK Singles Chart for nine weeks. It was also a hit in Ireland, the Netherlands, and Australia but was never released as a single in the United States. Chandra was aged only 16 and had just left school when her first single was a hit.

The band were later signed to Phonogram after being discovered by David Claridge and the song was the first release on his new label "The Mobile Suit Corporation". Several different remixes were made including three by Monsoon, two by Ben Chapman, and several by Jakatta.

Critical reception[edit]

Reviewing the band, iTunes said:

""The band's pop songs were no different than most, but the addition of Indian instrumentation and Chandra's wonderful voice evoked images of the Orient seldom seen on the British pop charts since George Harrison's excursions with the Beatles."[2]

Track listings[edit]

All songs written and composed by Steve Coe except where noted.

7-inch single: CORP 2

Side one
No.TitleLength
1."Ever So Lonely"3:58
Side two
No.TitleLength
1."Sunset Over the Ganges"3:12

12-inch single: CORP 212

Side one
No.TitleLength
1."Ever So Lonely (Extended Version)"6:20
Side two
No.TitleLength
1."Sunset Over the Ganges"3:15

Charts[edit]

Chart (1982) Peak
position
Australia (Kent Music Report)[3] 40
Ireland (IRMA)[4] 21
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[5] 42
UK Singles (OCC)[6] 12

Jakatta version[edit]

"So Lonely"
So Lonely Jakatta.jpg
Single by Jakatta
from the album Visions
B-side"So Lonely" remixes
Released4 February 2002 (2002-02-04)
Length
  • 3:41 (radio edit)
  • 7:44 (original version)
LabelRulin
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Dave Lee
Jakatta singles chronology
"American Dream (remix)"
(2001)
"So Lonely"
(2002)
"My Vision"
(2002)

"Ever So Lonely" was covered by Jakatta as "So Lonely" using Sheila Chandra's vocals,[7] and it was released from Jakatta's 2002 album, Visions, on 4 February 2002. It surpassed the chart success of the original version, reaching a peak of No. 8 on the UK Singles Chart. It also peaked No. 15 in Spain, No. 31 in Ireland, and No. 51 in Australia.

Charts[edit]

Chart (2002) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[7] 51
Australian Club Chart (ARIA)[8] 1
Australian Dance (ARIA)[7] 12
Europe (Eurochart Hot 100)[9] 48
Ireland (IRMA)[10] 31
Scotland (OCC)[11] 11
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[12] 15
UK Singles (OCC)[13] 8
UK Dance (OCC)[14] 1

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format(s) Label(s) Ref.
United Kingdom 4 February 2002
  • 12-inch vinyl
  • CD
  • cassette
Rulin [15]
Australia 18 March 2002 CD [16]

Sampling[edit]

The Art of Trance track "Monsoon" (2000) features a vocal sample from "Ever So Lonely".[citation needed] "Ever So Lonely" was also sampled in the song "Be My Friend" by Dario G on the album Sunmachine.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "New Singles" (PDF). Music Week. 22 August 1981. p. 14. Retrieved 22 May 2021.
  2. ^ "Monsoon – EP" at itunes.apple.com
  3. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  4. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Ever So Lonely". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 19 September 2020.
  5. ^ "Monsoon – Ever So Lonely" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 19 September 2020.
  6. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 19 September 2020.
  7. ^ a b c "Issue 630" ARIA Top 100 Singles. National Library of Australia. Retrieved 19 September 2020.
  8. ^ "The ARIA Report – ARIA Club Chart – Week Commencing 11th February 2002" (PDF). ARIA. 11 February 2002. p. 15. Archived from the original (PDF) on 20 February 2002. Retrieved 19 September 2020.
  9. ^ "Eurochart Hot 100 Singles" (PDF). Music & Media. Vol. 20, no. 9. 23 February 2002. p. 11. Retrieved 19 September 2020.
  10. ^ "Irish-charts.com – Discography Jakatta". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 19 September 2020.
  11. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 19 September 2020.
  12. ^ "Jakatta – So Lonely" Canciones Top 50. Retrieved 19 September 2020.
  13. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 19 September 2020.
  14. ^ "Official Dance Singles Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 19 September 2020.
  15. ^ "New Releases – For Week Starting February 4, 2002: Singles" (PDF). Music Week. 2 February 2002. p. 23. Retrieved 21 August 2021.
  16. ^ "The ARIA Report: New Releases Singles – Week Commencing 18th March 2002" (PDF). ARIA. 18 March 2002. p. 25. Archived from the original (PDF) on 1 April 2002. Retrieved 21 August 2021.

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