Figure of Eight (song)

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"Figure of Eight"
Figure of eight uk7.jpg
Single by Paul McCartney
from the album Flowers in the Dirt
B-side"Où est le Soleil?"
Released13 November 1989
Format7", cassette, CD
Recorded9 November 1987 - Hog Hill Mill, East Sussex
GenreRock
Length3:25 (album version), 5:11 (single version)
LabelParlophone
Songwriter(s)Paul McCartney
Producer(s)Chris Hughes, Paul McCartney, Ross Cullum
Paul McCartney singles chronology
"Où est le Soleil?"
(1989)
"Figure of Eight"
(1989)
"Put It There"
(1990)

"Figure of Eight" is a song from Paul McCartney's 1989 album, Flowers in the Dirt. After the completion of the album, McCartney recorded a new version for single release, using his newly formed touring band.[1] The single version is unusual in running nearly two minutes longer than the album version, rather than following the typical radio edit pattern of shortening the track for single release. Despite this quirk, the single reached number 42 on the UK singles chart[2][3] and number 92 on the Billboard Hot 100.[4]

"Figure of Eight" was the opening song throughout McCartney's 1989–1990 world concert tour. A version recorded in Rotterdam on 10 November 1989 appeared on the live album from the tour, Tripping the Live Fantastic.[5]

Music video[edit]

The official music video for the song was directed by Andy Morahan.[6]

Track listings[edit]

This song was released as a 7" single, a 12" maxi-single, a cassingle, and a CD single.

7" single
  1. "Figure of Eight"
  2. "Où Est le Soleil?"
12" single
  1. "Figure of Eight"
  2. "This One" (Club Lovejoys mix)
12" single
  1. "Figure of Eight"
  2. "Où Est le Soleil?" (remix by Shep Pettibone)
  3. "Où Est le Soleil?" (Tub Dub mix) (remix by Pettibone)
CD single
  1. "Figure of Eight"
  2. "The Long and Winding Road"
  3. "Loveliest Thing"
Cassingle
  1. "Figure of Eight"
  2. "Où Est le Soleil?"
3" CD single
  1. "Figure of Eight";3" CD single
  2. "Figure of Eight"
  3. "Rough Ride"
  4. "Où Est le Soleil?" (7" mix)

Charts[edit]

Chart (1989) Peak
position
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[7] 42
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[8] 42
US Billboard Hot 100[9] 92
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[10] 47
US Mainstream Rock (Billboard)[11] 8

References[edit]

  1. ^ Madinger, Chip; Mark Easter (2000). Eight Arms To Hold You: The Solo Beatles Compendium. Chesterfield, MO: 44.1 Productions, LP. p. 305. ISBN 0-615-11724-4.
  2. ^ "Official Charts: Paul McCartney". The Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved 2011-10-13.
  3. ^ "UK Singles - 1952-2009". Archived from the original on February 1, 2010. Retrieved 12 October 2009. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2000). Top Pop Singles 1955–1999. Menomonee Falls, WI: Record Research, Inc. p. 418. ISBN 0-89820-140-3.
  5. ^ Madinger, Chip; Mark Easter (2000). Eight Arms To Hold You: The Solo Beatles Compendium. Chesterfield, MO: 44.1 Productions, LP. p. 334. ISBN 0-615-11724-4.
  6. ^ Garcia, Alex S. "mvdbase.com - Paul McCartney - "Figure of eight"". Music Video DataBase. Retrieved November 1, 2015.
  7. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Paul McCartney" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40.
  8. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  9. ^ "Paul McCartney Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  10. ^ "Paul McCartney Chart History (Adult Contemporary)". Billboard.
  11. ^ "Paul McCartney Chart History (Mainstream Rock)". Billboard.