Goodbye Cruel World (Shakespears Sister song)

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"Goodbye Cruel World"
Goodbye Cruel World 1991.jpg
Single by Shakespears Sister
from the album Hormonally Yours
Released 30 September 1991 (1991-09-30)
Format CD single, cassette, 7", 12"
Genre Pop punk
Label London Records
Songwriter(s) Siobhan Fahey, Steve Ferrera, Manu Guiot
Producer(s) Chris Thomas
Shakespears Sister singles chronology
"Dirty Mind"
(1990)
"Goodbye Cruel World"
(1991)
"Stay"
(1992)
"Dirty Mind"
(1990)
"Goodbye Cruel World"
(1991)
"Stay"
(1992)
Alternative cover
1992 re-release cover
1992 re-release cover

"Goodbye Cruel World" is a song by the British pop act Shakespears Sister, released in 1991 as the lead single from their second album Hormonally Yours. Initially, the song had little commercial impact, reaching #59 on the UK Singles Chart.[1] Following the success of the album, the song was re-released as a single in July 1992, slightly remixed, this time reaching #32.[1]

Music video[edit]

The video for "Goodbye Cruel World" was directed by Sophie Muller, who had previously worked with the band on several videos for their first album. The video features Fahey and Detroit spoofing famous melodramas such as Sunset Boulevard and What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?.

Track listing[edit]

  • 1991 7" single
  1. "Goodbye Cruel World" — 4:06
  2. "Black Sky" — 4:18
  • 1991 12" single (released with free poster)
  1. "Goodbye Cruel World" — 4:06
  2. "Black Sky" (LP Version) — 4:16
  3. "Black Sky" (The Black Widow Mix) — 5:51
  4. "Black Sky" (The Black Dub) — 4:32
  • 1991 CD single (released as a special "Magic Picture Pack")
  1. "Goodbye Cruel World" — 4:07
  2. "Black Sky" (The Black Widow Mix) — 5:51
  3. "You're History" — 4:31
  • 1992 7" / Cassette single
  1. "Goodbye Cruel World" — 4:01
  2. "Moonchild" — 4:27
  • 1992 German CD single
  1. "Goodbye Cruel World" — 4:01
  2. "Moonchild" — 4:27
  3. "Stay" (Acoustic) — 3:46
  • 1992 UK CD single
  1. "Goodbye Cruel World" — 4:01
  2. "Moonchild" — 4:27
  3. "Are We in Love Yet" (Live) — 3:42
  • 1992 UK Ltd. Edition CD single
  1. "Goodbye Cruel World" — 4:01
  2. "Stay" (Acoustic) — 3:46
  3. "Black Sky" (The Green Eyed Dub) — 5:53
  4. "Break My Heart (You Really)" (Acidic Mix) — 6:23

Charts[edit]

Chart (1991) Peak
position
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[1] 59
Chart (1992) Peak
position
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[1] 32
US Modern Rock Tracks (Billboard)[2] 22

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Official Charts > Goodbye Cruel World". The Official UK Charts Company. Archived from the original on 2015-10-14. Retrieved 2015-10-14. 
  2. ^ "Shakespear's Siter - Allmusic discography". allmusic. Retrieved 2012-12-03. 

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