Getting into Something

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"Getting into Something"
AlisonMoyetGettingIntoSomething1994.jpg
Single by Alison Moyet
from the album Essex
Released 16 May 1994
Format 12" single, CD single
Genre Pop
Length 4:15
Label Columbia Records
Songwriter(s) Alison Moyet, Pete Glenister
Producer(s) Ian Broudie
Alison Moyet singles chronology
"Whispering Your Name"
(1994)
"Getting into Something"
(1994)
"Ode to Boy"
(1994)
"Whispering Your Name"
(1994)
"Getting into Something"
(1994)
"Ode to Boy"
(1994)
Alternative Cover
Alternate cover of "Getting into Something".
Alternate cover of "Getting into Something".
Alternative Cover
Alternate cover of "Getting into Something".
Alternate cover of "Getting into Something".

"Getting into Something" is a song by British singer-songwriter Alison Moyet, released in 1994 as the third single from her fourth studio album Essex.[1] It was written by Moyet and Pete Glenister, and produced by Ian Broudie.

Background[edit]

Columbia had rejected the original recording of Essex and insisted that it be re-recorded to create a more commercial package. The label hired Ian Broudie to produce various tracks for the re-recorded version; one of which was "Getting into Something".[2] The song was selected as the album's third single, following the Top 20 success of "Whispering Your Name". For its release as a single, "Getting into Something" was remixed. The mixing was handled by Dave Bascombe. A "Midnight Mix" of the song was also created by Bay Route.

"Getting into Something" reached No. 51 in the UK and remained on the chart for two weeks.[3] It was released on 12", cassette and CD in the UK and on CD across Europe.[4] A promotional video was filmed for the single, which was directed by Liam & Grant (Liam Kan and Grant Hodgson) for the production company HLA.[5][6] During July 1994, the video was listed in Billboard magazine's The Clip List - a sampling of playlists submitted by national and local music video outlets. The video had received play on the local Boston TV music programme Rage as well as on the Chicago JBTV WWOR network.[7]

Critical reception[edit]

In a December 1995 issue of Billboard magazine, "Getting into Something" was mentioned in "The Critics' Choice" section, where the magazine's editors and writers chose their top 10 records, videos and live concerts of the year. Chuck Taylor, a radio editor for the magazine, listed the song as one five songs tied at tenth place on his list.[8]

A 1994 review of Essex by British magazine Hi-Fi News & Record Review stated: "Tracks like "Whispering Your Name" and "Getting into Something" are cleverly arranged, slickly produced, efficiently played and make good showcases for the Moyet lung-power but, they lack memorable tunes."[9] Helena Adams of the music website Reflections of Darkness commented on the song's "amazing funky entrance that sets up the ambience with her [Moyet's] sensuous voice".[10] Attitude magazine writer Josh Lee described the song as a "forgotten gem".[11]

Formats[edit]

12" Single
  1. "Getting into Something" - 4:15
  2. "Getting into Something (Midnight Mix)" - 4:31
  3. "Never Too Late (Remix)" - 3:49
CD Single
  1. "Getting into Something" - 4:15
  2. "Dorothy (Acoustic)" - 3:11
  3. "Ne Me Quitte Pas (Acoustic)" - 3:42
  4. "Never Too Late" - 3:50
Cassette Single
  1. "Getting into Something" - 4:15
  2. "Dorothy (Acoustic)" - 3:11
CD Single (UK promo)
  1. "Getting Into Something (Single Mix)" - 4:15

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1994) Peak
position
UK Singles Chart[12] 51

Personnel[edit]

  • Alison Moyet – vocals
  • Ian Broudie – guitar, producer, sound mixing
  • Simon Fowler – backing vocals
  • Steve Cradock - backing vocals
  • Dave Bascombe - mixing
  • Simon Rogers – programming
  • Cenzo Townshend – sound engineer
  • Bay Route - remixer on "Getting into Something (Midnight Mix)"
  • Victor Van Vugt - producer on "Dorothy (Acoustic)" and "Ne Me Quitte Pas (Acoustic)"
  • Pete Glenister - producer on "Never Too Late (Remix)"
  • Adrian Bushby, Pete Davis - remixers, additional producers on "Never Too Late (Remix)"
  • Alison Moyet, Martin Jenkins - artwork design
  • The Douglas Brothers - photography

References[edit]