Hello (The Beloved song)

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The Beloved - Hello.jpg
Single by The Beloved
from the album Happiness
B-side"Hello (Dolly)"
Released5 January 1990
Songwriter(s)Jon Marsh
Producer(s)Martyn Phillips
The Beloved singles chronology
"The Sun Rising"
"Your Love Takes Me Higher"
Music video
"Hello" on YouTube

"Hello" is a single by The Beloved released as the second (third if Your Love Takes Me Higher 1989 is counted) single from their album Happiness. By peaking at no. 19 in the UK, on 17 February [1] 1990, it was, at the time, their highest-charting single, a record it held for almost exactly 3 years, until "Sweet Harmony", the first single taken from the Conscience album, reached Number 8, on 18 January 1993, this way becoming the band's new highest-charting single, a record it still holds.

At least three additional remixes were exclusive to other formats: "Hello (Boys & Girls)" and "Hello (Uncle Arthur)" appeared on the 12-inch vinyl version, and "Hello (Dolly)" appeared on both the cassette and 7-inch versions. In addition, a Razormaid! remix of the song appeared on the Razormaid! Anniversary 9.0 compilation album. As for "Hello (What's All This Then?)" and "Hello (Honky Tonk)," two of the five remixes of the main title on the CD single release, they would both later resurface on the following Blissed Out remix album, the sister release to Happiness, the second remix only featuring on the CD and MC editions of the work, but not on the vinyl LP, which only contained the first. The MC edition only of Blissed Out also included "Paradise (My Darling, My Angel)," representing then previously unreleased sixth track on the "Hello" CD single.

The music video was inspired by the film Altered States[2]


As well as the names of some of the band members' friends, the song mentions a number of famous people (some of them fictional), chosen to loosely fit a "saints and sinners" theme.

In alphabetical order, the people listed in the song are: Jeffrey Archer (politician and novelist), Fred Astaire, Bobby Ball (comedian), Charlie Brown, Tommy Cannon (comedian), Billy Corkhill (soap opera character), Leslie Crowther (TV presenter), "Freddie" Flintstone, Paris Grey (singer), Brian Hayes (broadcaster), Vince Hilaire (footballer), Barry Humphries, The LSO, Kym Mazelle (singer), Mork and Mindy, Little Neepsie (often misheard as Little Nietzsche), Little Nell,Charlie Parker, André Previn, Little Richard, Salman Rushdie, Jean-Paul Sartre, The Supremes ("Mary Wilson, Di and Flo"), William Tell, Sir Bufton Tufton, Desmond Tutu, Willy Wonka, Zippy and Bungle (TV characters). There are also references to "Peter" and "Paul", presumably the Christian apostles Saint Peter and Saint Paul. "Chris and Do" are friends of the band while "Steve and Claire" are guitarist Steve Waddington and his girlfriend.

In lyrical order, the names mentioned are as follows: Peter, Paul, Tommy Cannon, Bobby Ball, Little Richard, Little Nell, Willy Wonka, William Tell, Salman Rushdie, Kym Mazelle, Mork & Mindy, Bryan Hayes, Barry Humphries, Paris Grey, Little Neepsie, Chris, Do, Billy Corkhill, Vince Hilaire, Freddy Flintstone, Fred Astaire, Desmond Tutu, Steve, Claire, Charlie Parker, Charlie Brown, Leslie Crowther, Mary Wilson, Di and Flo, Sir Bufton Tufton, Jean-Paul Sartre, Zippy, Bungle, Jeffrey Archer, André Previn and LSO.

CD track listing[edit]

  1. "Hello (Single Version)" - 4:17
  2. "Hello (Honky Tonk Mix)" - 6:16
  3. "Hello ('Ello, 'Ello Mix)" - 5:19
  4. "Hello (What's All This Then Mix?)" - 4:35
  5. "Hello (Godfrey's Tonic Mix)" - 4:23
  6. "Paradise (My Darling, My Angel)"

12" single track listing (WEA UK release YZ426T and Atlantic US release 0-86235)[edit]

  1. "Hello (Honky Tonk)" - 6:16
  2. "Hello (Single Version)" - 4:17
  3. "Hello (Uncle Arthur)" - 6:26


Chart (1990)[3][4] Peak
UK Singles Chart 19
US Billboard Hot Dance Club Play 4
US Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks 6
US Billboard Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales 22
Australian ARIA Singles Chart[5] 94


  1. ^ https://www.officialcharts.com/charts/singles-chart/19900211/7501/
  2. ^ Altered States
  3. ^ UK Singles Chart Official Charts Company (Retrieved March 28, 2008)
  4. ^ Billboard Billboard.com (Retrieved March 28, 2008)
  5. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing.

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