Hangin' on a String (Contemplating)

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"Hangin' On A String"
Hangin on a String.jpg
Single by Loose Ends
from the album So Where Are You?
(also on U.S. version of A Little Spice)
B-side "A Little Spice"
Released 1984 (UK) February 23, 1985 (US)
Format Vinyl (12"), Vinyl (7"), Cassette Single
Recorded 1983
Genre R&B, post-disco
Length 3:42
Label Virgin Records
Songwriter(s) Carl McIntosh, Jane Eugene, Steve Nichol
Producer(s) Nick Martinelli
Loose Ends singles chronology
"Choose Me (Rescue Me)"
(1984)
"Hangin' On A String"
(1984)
"Magic Touch"
(1985)
So Where Are You? track listing
"Golden Years"
(5)
"Hangin' On A String"
(6)
"Give It All You Got"
(7)

"Hangin' On A String (Contemplating)" is the fourth single by British soul band Loose Ends from their second studio album, So Where Are You?, and was released in February 1985 by Virgin Records. The single went to number one on the U.S. Billboard R&B chart for one week.[1] This made Loose Ends the first British band ever to top that chart [2] In the group's native UK, the single made the top twenty. It also reached number 43 on the Billboard Hot 100.[1]

In 2008, the song was featured on Grand Theft Auto IV's fictional soul/R&B radio station The Vibe 98.8.

Rapper Wiz Khalifa sampled this song for his song The Kid Frankie from the album Kush & Orange Juice

Track listing[edit]

7” Single: VS748

  1. "Hangin' On A String [Contemplating]" 3.42
  2. "A Little Spice" 5.08

12” Single: VS748-12

  1. "Hangin' On A String [Contemplating]" (Extended Dance Mix) 5.58
  2. "A Little Spice" 5.08

2nd 12” Single: VS748-13

  1. "Hangin' On A String [Contemplating]" (Extended Dance Mix) 5.58
  2. "Silent Talking" (feat. Tom Browne)
  3. "A Little Spice" 5.08

3rd 12” Single: VS748-14

  1. "Hangin' On A String [Contemplating]" (Mastermind Megamix)
  2. "Hangin' On A String [Contemplating]" (Extended Dance Mix) 5.58

3” CD Single: released 1989

  1. "Hangin' On A String [Contemplating](Extended Dance Mix) 5.58
  2. "A Little Spice" 5.08
  3. "Emergency [Dial 999]" (Extended Remix) 6.42

Hangin' On A String [Contemplating] 1992[edit]

"Hangin' On A String [Contemplating] (Frankie Knuckles Remix)"
Single by Loose Ends
from the album Tighten Up Volume 1
B-side "Hangin' On A String [Contemplating]" (Original 7" Mix)
Released 14 June 1992 (UK)
Format CD Single, Vinyl (12"), Vinyl (7")
Recorded 1985
Genre R&B
Length 4:20
Label Ten Records
Songwriter(s) Carl McIntosh, Jane Eugene, Steve Nichol
Producer(s) Nick Martinelli
Loose Ends singles chronology
"Cheap Talk"
(1991)
"Hangin' On A String [Contemplating] (Frankie Knuckles Remix)"
(1992)
"Magic Touch"
(1992)
Tighten Up Volume 1 track listing
"Gonna Make You Mine (Dancin' Danny D Mix)"
(2)
"Hangin' On A String [Contemplating]" (Frankie Knuckles Remix)
(3)
"Choose Me" (Eon Irving Mix)
(4)

"Hangin' On A String [Contemplating]" was remixed and re-released in 1992. This was a track taken from the forthcoming Loose Ends Remix project "Tighten Up Volume 1".

Track listing[edit]

7” Single: TEN406

  1. "Hangin' On A String [Contemplating]" (Frankie Knuckles Radio Edit) 4.20
  2. "Hangin' On A String [Contemplating]" (Original 7" Mix) 3.42

12” Single: TENX406

  1. "Hangin' On A String [Contemplating]" (Frankie Knuckles Club Mix) 6.28
  2. "Hangin' On A String [Contemplating]" (Original 12" Mix) 5.58
  3. "Hangin' On A String [Contemplating]" (The All Night Mix) 5.50
  4. "Johnny Broadhead" (Part 2)

CD Single: TENCD406

  1. "Hangin' On A String [Contemplating]" (Frankie Knuckles Radio Edit) 4.20
  2. "Hangin' On A String [Contemplating]" (Frankie Knuckles Club Mix) 6.28
  3. "Hangin' On A String [Contemplating]" (Original 12" Mix) 5.58
  4. "Hangin' On A String [Contemplating]" (The All Night Mix) 5.50
  5. "Hangin' On A String [Contemplating]" (Frankie Knuckles Classic Club Reprise) 6.08

Charts[edit]

Chart (1992) Peak
position
UK Singles Chart 25

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 359. 
  2. ^ Nick Martinelli at AllMusic

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"Rock Me Tonight (For Old Times Sake)" by Freddie Jackson
Billboard's Hot Soul Singles number one single
July 13, 1985
Succeeded by
"Save Your Love" by Rene & Angela