Heat of the Moment

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This article is about the song by Asia. For the song by After 7, see Heat of the Moment (After 7 song).
"Heat of the Moment"
Cover of the European single
Single by Asia
from the album Asia
B-side "Time Again" (UK)
"Ride Easy" (outside of UK)
Released April 1982
Format 7" vinyl + Song on Asia album Tape and 33
Genre Rock
Length 3:50
Label Geffen
Writer(s) John Wetton, Geoff Downes
Producer(s) Mike Stone
Asia singles chronology
"Heat of the Moment"
"Here Comes the Feeling"
Music sample

"Heat of the Moment" is the first hit single released by progressive rock supergroup Asia from their 1982 eponymous debut. It reached #4 in both the Canadian Singles chart and on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It was written by singer and bass guitarist John Wetton, and keyboardist Geoff Downes.

The single climbed to the top position on the U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock chart, remaining six non-consecutive weeks at #1 in the spring and summer of 1982.[1][2][3] It was written by John Wetton and Geoff Downes. "Heat of the Moment" is featured at the beginning of another Asia song called "Don't Call Me" as a dialing number from a telephone.


The lyrics contain the line, "And now you find yourself in 82". While this was the year the single was released, Wetton has said that instead of 1982 it is a location, possibly meaning the 82nd meridian east that runs through the continent of Asia which is shown on a spinning globe in the song's music video.[4][5]


"Time Again" is the B-side of the UK release. The song was written by all the band members, Geoff Downes, Steve Howe, Carl Palmer and John Wetton, and can also be found on the Asia album.

"Ride Easy" is the B-side of the singles released outside of the UK. This song was written by Wetton and Howe. It was never given a regular release on a studio album, but it was included in the EP Aurora, released only in Japan in 1986. During an interview on the 2007 released Asia DVD Fantasia: Live in Tokyo, Wetton indicated that "Ride Easy" is one of his favourite Asia songs.

It was released on CD on The Very Best of Asia: Heat of the Moment (1982-1990).

Track listing[edit]

US 7" single
No. Title Length
1. "Heat of the Moment"   3:50
2. "Ride Easy"   4:35
UK 7" single
No. Title Length
1. "Heat of the Moment"   3:50
2. "Time Again"   4:45

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1982) Peak
Australian Kent Music Report[6] 26
Canadian RPM Top Singles[7] 4
Dutch Top 40[8] 34
French Singles Chart[9] 39
German Media Control Charts[10] 7
Irish Singles Chart[11] 30
Italian Singles Chart[12] 16
New Zealand Singles Chart[13] 46
Polish Singles Chart[14] 6
Radio Luxemburg Singles[15] 26
South African Singles Chart[16] 4
Swiss Singles Chart[17] 2
UK Singles Chart[18] 46
US Billboard Hot 100[19] 4
US Billboard Mainstream Rock[19] 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1982) Position
Canadian RPM Top Singles[20] 47
German Media Control Charts 41
Italian Singles Chart[21] 89
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 40
U.S. Cashbox Top 100[22] 43


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  4. ^ "LET IT ROCK - John WETTON interview". April 2003. Retrieved 16 May 2009. 
  5. ^ "We are John Wetton & Geoff Downes for the British rock band ASIA! • /r/IAmA". reddit. Retrieved 2015-09-21. 
  6. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
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  8. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40, week 24, 1982 (in Dutch)". Retrieved 16 May 2009. 
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  11. ^ "irishcharts.ie search results". Retrieved 16 May 2009. 
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  13. ^ http://swedishcharts.com/showitem.asp?interpret=Asia&titel=Heat+Of+The+Moment&cat=s
  14. ^ http://www.lp3.pl/alpt.phtml?m=1&nn=10#navigation
  15. ^ http://umdmusic.com/default.asp?Lang=Czech&Chart=F&ChDay=&ChMonth=&ChYear=&ChBand=Asia&ChSong=
  16. ^ http://rock.co.za/files/springbok_top_20_(A).html
  17. ^ "Asia - Heat Of The Moment - hitparade.ch (in German)". Retrieved 16 May 2009. 
  18. ^ "Chart Stats - Asia - Heat Of The Moment". Retrieved 16 May 2009. 
  19. ^ a b http://musicvf.com/Asia.art
  20. ^ http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/rpm/028020-119.01-e.php?&file_num=nlc008388.6167&type=1&interval=20&PHPSESSID=etg0falg2hk823f26tcs13s3f3
  21. ^ http://www.hitparadeitalia.it/hp_yends/hpe1982.htm
  22. ^ http://www.cashboxcountdowns.com/archives/80s_files/1982YESP.html

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