Groovy Train

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"Groovy Train"
Groovy Train - The Farm.jpg
Single by The Farm
from the album Spartacus
B-side "Stepping Stone"
Released 1990
Format
Genre Madchester[1]
Length 4:10
Label Sony
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
The Farm singles chronology
"Stepping Stone"
(1990)
"Groovy Train"
(1990)
"All Together Now"
(1990)
"Stepping Stone"
(1990)
"Groovy Train"
(1990)
"All Together Now"
(1990)

"Groovy Train" was the second single released by Liverpool-based group The Farm. It was released in August 1990 as the first single from their debut album Spartacus (which would be released in April 1991), having been produced by Graham "Suggs" McPherson of Madness and Terry Farley. The single reached no. 6 on the UK Singles Chart, no. 41 on the US Billboard Hot 100, and no. 15 on the US Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart.

It contains a distinctive guitar intro by Keith Mullin which was possibly his most significant contribution to any one song. "Groovy Train" featured on the influential 1990 Madchester compilation album Happy Daze.

The video for the single was filmed at Pleasureland Southport and features a cameo from actor Bill Dean, who at the time was in Liverpool soap opera Brookside. His character, Harry Cross was a retired train driver, and Dean is seen in the video driving a train with the band aboard.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1990–1991) Peak
position
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[2] 59
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[3] 41
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[4] 6
US Billboard Hot 100[5] 41
US Billboard Hot Dance Club Play[5] 4
US Billboard Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales[5] 24
US Billboard Modern Rock Tracks[5] 15
US Cash Box[6] 25

References[edit]

  1. ^ McLean, Craig (January 1998). "Essentials: Madchester". Spin. p. 98. ISSN 0886-3032. 
  2. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 1684." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 22 February 2014.
  3. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – The Farm – Groovy Train" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 22 February 2014.
  4. ^ "Archive Chart: 1990-09-29" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved 22 February 2014.
  5. ^ a b c d "Spartacus – Awards". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 22 February 2014. 
  6. ^ CASH BOX Top 100 Pop Singles – Week ending DECEMBER 14, 1991 at the Wayback Machine (archived 17 September 2012). Cash Box magazine.

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