Excited (M People song)

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Single by M People
from the album Northern Soul
B-side "Remixes"
Released 28 September 1992
Genre House
Length 3:46
Label RCA, Deconstruction
Songwriter(s) Pickering/Heard
Producer(s) M People
M People singles chronology
"How Can I Love You More (Mixes)"
Music video
"Excited" on YouTube
Alternative cover
US 12" cover of "Excited".
US 12" cover of "Excited".

"Excited" is the fourth and final single to be lifted from M People's first album Northern Soul. It was written by Mike Pickering and Paul Heard. The song peaked at number 29 on the UK Singles Chart.


After three Top 40 hits, where each single had charted lower than the one before, M People went back into the studio to record some new tracks for a 1992 re-release of their debut album. Two tracks, "Excited" and "Man Smart", were chosen to replace the outgoing "Life" and "Platini". The band planned to release a revised track listing as well, and the track "Excited" was to be the opener, with its fresher, more fun sound. They were looking for a track that would take them from the underground to a more widespread and populist audience as the 1991 version of the album had only charted in the lower echelons of the chart.

Chart performance[edit]

When the single was released it sold in excess of 27,000 copies in its first week to enter the chart at 30, after their second Top of the Pops appearance the single sold slightly more (29,000 copies) to climb one place to its peak position of 29, equalling the peak position of the parent album's first single: "How Can I Love You More?" became their fourth consecutive Top 40 hit and second top thirty hit.

The song stayed in the Top 40 for three weeks, climbing from its entry position of 30 up to 29 and back down to 35 in its third week. For the final two weeks the single slid down to 53 and then, finally, to 74.


There are only a few mixes of the single, with instrumental album track "Platini" being the B-side. On the CD the remixes are from M People themselves, who issued two other versions of the single alongside the radio edit from the original Northern Soul album. "Someday (Part one)" appeared on the original Northern Soul, and "Someday (Part 2)" was a completely revised, funked-up version. On the re-issued Northern Soul released in 1992, Sasha had remixed the single and this replaced the original version.

Music video[edit]

There are two music videos for the single, one for the UK and one for the US.

The UK video was filmed in the summer of 1992, once the band had been in the studio to record Man Smart and Excited. And features Heather with her hair tied up, for the first time in two different poses. Primarily she wears a grey trouser suit over a black vest, the other scenes she sings from a red chaise longue, wearing a purple suede figure-hugging gown, surrounded by flowers, and her face is decorated with small white beads around her eyes. Throughout the video there are shots and silhouettes of Mike Pickering and Paul Heard all getting photographed together; Heather is seen performing separately.

In the US video, filmed in the summer of 1994, in between the 2nd and 3rd albums (Elegant Slumming and Bizarre Fruit). It features all members of the band, including Bizarre Fruit musicians: Andy Gangadeen on drums, backing vocalists Paul Johnson and Lynieve Austin and Percussionist Shovel, who at this point had become full member. Paul Heard plays keyboards and Mike Pickering on saxophone.

The band are all seen performing at an indoor LA Pool party from the side of the pool, meanwhile party revellers are dancing round the pool’s edge. Halfway through the song and leading towards the middle eight of “You and me, so Excited”, the revellers start to jump into the pool one by one and continue to have fun. The band plays on getting splashed by water but continue playing happily. The video through also has a gold hue throughout the pool -side video.


The artwork of the CD single is simply 16 differently shaded red rectangles laid out in a 4 x 4 pattern with two of the boxes coloured a starkly bright yellow. The name of the single is in white font on a black banner with a smaller signature Red Rose (last seen on previous single Someday) to the top centre left.

The UK album artwork is slightly different with the same 16 differently shaded red rectangles laid out in a 4 x 4 pattern but two of the yellow boxes are in a different arrangement and the black title banner across the top.

The US artwork also has the same 16 differently shaded red rectangles laid out in a 4 x 4 pattern but two of the yellow boxes are in a different arrangement; one in the bottom right corner on the 12”/bottom centre right on the CD single) the other is mid-centre right above the centre banner and contains an image of the Elegant Slumming album cover sofa portrait featuring Mike, Paul and Shovel – as the single featured on the US version of that album.

Track listings[edit]

7” Mini
  1. "Excited" (Radio Edit) 3:46
  2. "Excited" (M People Dub) 5:00
12" Maxi (UK)
  1. "Excited" (M People Master Mix) 5:00
  2. "Excited" (M People Dub) 5:00
  3. "Excited" (Judge Jules Remix) 7:21
  4. "Excited" (M People Remix) 5:30
CD Maxi (UK)
  1. "Excited" (Radio Edit) 3:46
  2. "Excited" (Judge Jules Remix) 7:21
  3. "Excited" (M People Master Mix) 5:00
  4. "Excited" (M People Remix) 5:30
  5. "Excited" (M People Dub) 5:00
  6. "Excited" (Judge Jules Dub) 5:39
12" Maxi (US)
  1. "Excited" (MK Mix) 8:32
  2. "Excited" (MK T Mix) 8:10
  3. "Excited" (M People Master Mix) 5:00
  4. "Excited" (MK Snow-Call Dub) 7:33
  5. "Excited" (M People Dub) 5:00
CD Maxi (US)
  1. "Excited" (Radio Edit) 3:46
  2. "Excited" (MK 7"Edit) 3:51
  3. "Excited" (M People Master Mix) 5:00
  4. "Excited" (Judge Jules Remix) 7:21
  5. "Excited" (MK Mix) 8:32

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