Fairground (song)

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Single by Simply Red
from the album Life
B-side "Remix, live version of other songs"
Released 18 September 1995
Format CD single, CD maxi, 12" single
Genre Dance-pop
Length 4:23 (single version)
5:34 (album version)
Label EastWest
Songwriter(s) Mick Hucknall, René ter Horst, Gaston Steenkist, Sérgio Mendes
Producer(s) Mick Hucknall, Stewart Levine
Simply Red singles chronology
"Lady Godiva's Room"
"Remembering the First Time"
"Lady Godiva's Room"
"Remembering the First Time"
Life track listing
"Lives and Loves"
"Never Never Love"

"Fairground" is a 1995 single released by Simply Red from the album Life. The song makes extensive use of a sample of The Goodmen's "Give It Up".


The video (which uses the shorter single version) shows Mick Hucknall driving to and singing at Blackpool Pleasure Beach in Blackpool, Lancashire, that had been closed for the day and had been invaded by a group of his friends and opened up again. The majority of the video was shot on the Pepsi Max Big One and around the park, and some scenes are shot on the Promenade showing the Illuminations in 1994. Filming credits go to the single cameraman, Steven Young.

Chart performance[edit]

It was the first and only single by the group to reach No. 1 in the UK Singles Chart.[1] It spent four weeks at the top,[1] and fourteen weeks in the Top 40. The track also reached No. 1 in Ireland and made the Top 10 in Germany, Austria and The Netherlands. A remix by Soulshock and Karlin was included on the US single release and received moderate success on R&B Radio, but failed to chart on the Billboard Hot 100.

Track listings[edit]

CD maxi
  1. "Fairground" (single edit) — 4:23
  2. "Fairground" (extended single mix) — 5:32
  3. "Stars" (live) — 4:12
  4. "The Right Thing" (live) — 4:31
12" maxi
  1. "Fairground" (extended single mix) — 5:32
  2. "Fairground" (too precious remix) — 7:50
  3. "Fairground" (rollo and sister bliss remix) — 9:42
CD maxi - Remixes
  1. "Fairground" (single edit)
  2. "Fairground" (extended single mix)
  3. "Fairground" (in the garden mix)
  4. "Fairground" (too precious remix)
  5. "Fairground" (rollo and sister bliss remix)
CD single
  1. "Fairground" (single edit) — 4:23
  2. "Fairground" (in the garden mix) — 5:32

Charts and sales[edit]

Chart successions[edit]

Preceded by
"Boombastic" by Shaggy
UK Singles Chart number-one single
24 September 1995 – 21 October 1995
Succeeded by
"Gangsta's Paradise" by Coolio
Irish IRMA number-one single
30 September 1995 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"Boombastic" by Shaggy


  1. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 585. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Fairground", in various singles charts Lescharts.com (Retrieved 18 February 2008)
  3. ^ a b "Single top 100 over 1995" (pdf) (in Dutch). Top40. Retrieved 19 April 2010. 
  4. ^ Irish Single Chart Irishcharts.ie Archived 3 June 2009 at WebCite (Retrieved 18 February 2008)
  5. ^ UK Singles Chart Chartstats.com (Retrieved 2 August 2008)
  6. ^ Billboard Billboard.com (Retrieved 25 July 2009)
  7. ^ 1995 Belgian (Flanders) Singles Chart Ultratop.be Archived 30 March 2014 at the Wayback Machine. (Retrieved 3 August 2008)
  8. ^ 1995 Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart Ultratop.be Archived 14 April 2014 at the Wayback Machine. (Retrieved 3 August 2008)
  9. ^ 1995 French Singles Chart Disqueenfrance.com Archived 14 February 2009 at the Wayback Machine. (Retrieved 30 January 2009)
  10. ^ 1995 Swiss Singles Chart Hitparade.ch Archived 23 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine. (Retrieved 3 August 2008)
  11. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank ('Fairground')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved 3 August 2008. 

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