Fingers & Thumbs (Cold Summer's Day)

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""Fingers & Thumbs (Cold Summer's Day)"
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Single by Erasure
from the album Erasure
B-side "Hi NRG"
Released 27 November 1995
Format 12", cassette, CD
Recorded 1995
Genre Synthpop, dance
Length 4:23 (single edit)
6:44 (album version)
Label Mute (UK)
Elektra (U.S.)
Writer(s) Vince Clarke, Andy Bell
Producer(s) Thomas Fehlmann, Gareth Jones
Erasure singles chronology
"Stay with Me"
(1995)
"Fingers & Thumbs (Cold Summer's Day)"
(1995)
"Rock Me Gently"
(1996)

"Fingers & Thumbs (Cold Summer's Day)" is a song by British synthpop duo Erasure. The track originally appeared on the soundtrack to the documentary film Wigstock: the Movie as the track titled "Cold Summer's Day". Erasure re-recorded the track for their album Erasure with new lyrics. It was released as the second single from the album by Mute Records in the UK and Elektra Records in the United States. The album version is over six minutes long; the single edit removes an extended instrumental section between the second and third choruses.

The song was composed by Vince Clarke and Andy Bell and is an uptempo dance music track. The music video features Bell singing the song as he walks through an amusement park (the actual filming was done in the London Docklands[1]). Upon its release, the song became Erasure's twenty-second consecutive Top 20 hit in the UK singles chart. In Germany the song stopped at number sixty-nine. It was a hit on the U.S. dance charts, peaking at number ten on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart in Billboard magazine.

The single's B-side is a cover version of "High Energy" (retitled "Hi NRG"), a 1984 number-one U.S. dance chart hit by Evelyn Thomas.

Track listings[edit]

Cassette single (CMUTE178)[edit]

  1. "Fingers & Thumbs (Cold Summer's Day)" (Single Mix)
  2. "Hi NRG"

12" single (12MUTE178)[edit]

  1. "Fingers & Thumbs (Cold Summer's Day)" (Tin Tin Out Remix)
  2. "Fingers & Thumbs (Cold Summer's Day)" (Tin Tin Out Instrumental)
  3. "Fingers & Thumbs (Cold Summer's Day)" (Dub on the Moon)
  4. "Fingers & Thumbs (Cold Summer's Day)" (Twilight Plus)

CD single #1 (CDMUTE178)[edit]

  1. "Fingers & Thumbs (Cold Summer's Day)" (Single Mix)
  2. "Hi NRG"
  3. "Fingers & Thumbs (Cold Summer's Day)" (Twilight 0.2)
  4. "Fingers & Thumbs (Cold Summer's Day)" (Figures In Crumbs) (a collaboration with Wir)

CD single #2 (LCDMUTE178)[edit]

  1. "Fingers & Thumbs (Cold Summer's Day)" (Tin Tin Out Remix)
  2. "Fingers & Thumbs (Cold Summer's Day)" (Dub on the Moon)
  3. "Fingers & Thumbs (Cold Summer's Day)" (Electrofinger)
  4. "Fingers & Thumbs (Cold Summer's Day)" (Twilight Plus)

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1995/1996) Peak
position
Total
weeks
Canadian Dance/Urban Chart[1] 17 6
German Singles Chart[2] 69 5
UK Singles Chart[3] 20 3
US Dance/Club Play Singles[4] 10 13
US Hot Dance Music Sales[5] 27

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