Far Side of Crazy

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"Far Side Of Crazy"
Single by Wall Of Voodoo
from the album Seven Days In Sammystown
B-side Wrong Way To Hollywood / Dance You Fuckers
Released 1985
Format 7" vinyl / 12" vinyl
Recorded 1984
Genre New wave
Length 3:55 (album version)
Label IRS
Writer(s) Andy Prieboy
Producer(s) Ian Broudie
Wall Of Voodoo singles chronology
"Big City"
"Far Side Of Crazy"
"Do It Again"

"Far Side of Crazy" is a song by the new wave group Wall of Voodoo from their album Seven Days in Sammystown. It was released as the album's lead single in late 1985, with an accompanying music video combining black and white and full color footage. The song was also featured in the 1985 movie Head Office.

The lyrics refer to the attempted assassination of U.S. President Ronald Reagan by John Hinckley Jr. in 1981.[1] The title comes from his poems; "I remain the far side of crazy".[2] Hinckley was obsessed with actress Jodie Foster and believed that the only way to attract her attention was to become famous himself. He was inspired by the murder of John Lennon and the subsequent media attention that his killer, Mark Chapman, received as a result. The song picks a number of lines from the letters that Hinckley sent to Foster both before and after the assassination.

The single failed to chart in all territories except Australia, where it reached #23 in June 1986 and stayed in the Top 100 for 21 weeks.[3]

Track listing[edit]

7": I.R.S. Records / A 6846 (Europe)[edit]

  1. "Far Side Of Crazy" (A. Prieboy) – 4:07
  2. "Wrong Way To Hollywood" (M. Moreland, A. Prieboy) – 4:21 [4]

7": Illegal Records / ES 1098 (Australia)[edit]

  1. "Far Side Of Crazy" (A. Prieboy) – 4:07
  2. "This Business Of Love" (C. Gray) – 4:25 [5]

12": I.R.S. Records / IRMT 111 (UK)[edit]

  1. "Far Side Of Crazy" (A. Prieboy) – 4:07
  2. "Wrong Way To Hollywood" (M. Moreland, A. Prieboy) – 4:21
  3. "Dance You Fuckers" (C. Gray) – 6:10 [6]


Chart (1986) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report) [3] 23