High (Lighthouse Family song)

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"High"
Lighthouse Family High 3.jpg
Single by Lighthouse Family
from the album Postcards from Heaven
Released20 January 1998
Recorded1997
Studio
Genre
Length5:13
Label
Songwriter(s)Paul Tucker
Producer(s)Mike Peden
Lighthouse Family singles chronology
"Raincloud"
(1997)
"High"
(1998)
"Lost in Space"
(1998)
Music video
"High" on YouTube

"High" is a single written by British musical duo Lighthouse Family for their second album, Postcards from Heaven (1997). The song was produced by Mike Peden and was released in January 1998 as the second single from the album. "High" is the most successful single released by the Lighthouse Family to date, reaching number four on the UK Singles Chart, number eight in New Zealand, and number one in Australia. In Europe, the song reached the top 10 in at least eight countries.

Critical reception[edit]

Chuck Taylor of Billboard wrote, "After being released in the U.K. nearly a year ago, this spiritual gem of a single is finally seeing the light of day here. One of many high points on the duo's delicious sophomore album, "Postcards From Heaven", "High" has been released to AC radio in its original form. For the clubs and dance radio, it has been lovingly reconstructed by two of clubland's most revered remixers: Boris Dlugosch and Francois Kevorkian. In its original state, "High" is a postcard-perfect R&B-splashed slice of pop music. In the hands of both Dlugosch and Kevorkian, it becomes an anthemic house inflected pop song. There is just no denying the song's buoyant beats, mahogany-hued vocals, and soaring rhythms. It's one of those songs that truly deserves to be a hit at both radio and clubs. If, as Faithless proclaims, God is a DJ, "High" is poised for much success."[1] Daily Record wrote, "There's nothing like working to a formula. First they were lifted, now they're high".[2]

Music video[edit]

A music video was made to accompany the song. The clip is in black and white, except when Tunde Baiyewu begins to sing. There are scenes of Paul Tucker getting off the train at Newcastle upon Tyne and exiting the city's Central Station. There are also scenes of Tunde singing in an autumn park and the Tynemouth beach, standing outside the Cruddas Park (now Riverside Dene) flats in Elswick, a girl lying and rolling on the grass while playing with flowers, and an abandoned house near Dungeness.

Filmed in North East England and Kent, the video shows some prominent local landmarks: the Tyne Bridge is shown at the very start along with the Quayside, and a number of shots of Baiyewu take place on the Middlesbrough Transporter Bridge, Port Clarence and Haverton Hill, which is also the backdrop for the single covers.

Track listing[edit]

  • UK CD1
  1. "High" (Full Length Version) — 5:13
  2. "High" (Itaal Shur's Beautiful Urban Mix) — 6:32
  3. "High" (Full Crew Main Mix) — 5:11
  4. "High" (Itaal Shur's Beautiful Urban Dreamscape Mix) — 6:37
  • UK CD2
  1. "High" (Full Length Version) — 5:13
  2. "High" (Vocal 12") — 11:39
  3. "High" (Interplanetary Disco Mix) — 7:55
  4. "High" (E-Dancer Dub) — 6:42
  5. "High" (Inner City Mix) — 8:25
  • UK cassette
  1. "High" (Full Length Version) — 5:13
  2. "High" (Itaal Shur's Beautiful Urban Edit) — 3:43
  • Alfredo Nini Version[3]
  1. "High" — 4:58

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[36] Platinum 70,000^
Belgium (BEA)[37] Gold 25,000*
Germany (BVMI)[38] Gold 250,000^
Italy (FIMI)[39] Gold 25,000double-dagger
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[40] Gold 25,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[41] Platinum 600,000double-dagger

* Sales figures based on certification alone.
^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.
double-dagger Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Taylor, Chuck (19 December 1998). "Reviews & Previews: Singles" (PDF). Billboard. p. 21. Retrieved 7 December 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "Chart Slot; TOP 10 SINGLES". Daily Record. 9 January 1998. Retrieved 1 December 2020.
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  11. ^ "Top National Sellers" (PDF). Music & Media. Vol. 15 no. 9. 28 February 1998. p. 12. Retrieved 20 June 2018.
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  29. ^ "Year in Focus – Eurochart Hot 100 Singles 1998" (PDF). Music & Media. Vol. 15 no. 51. 19 December 1998. p. 8. Retrieved 6 February 2020.
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  33. ^ "Årslista Singlar, 1998" (in Swedish). Sverigetopplistan. Retrieved 9 August 2020.
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  35. ^ "Best Sellers of 1998 – Singles Top 100". Music Week. 16 January 1999. p. 7.
  36. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 1998 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. Archived from the original on 2020-09-06.
  37. ^ "Ultratop − Goud en Platina – singles 1998". Ultratop. Hung Medien.
  38. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Lighthouse Family; 'High')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie.
  39. ^ "Italian single certifications – Lighthouse Family – High" (in Italian). Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana. Retrieved 25 November 2019. Select "2019" in the "Anno" drop-down menu. Select "High" in the "Filtra" field. Select "Singoli" under "Sezione".
  40. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Lighthouse Family; 'High')". IFPI Switzerland. Hung Medien.
  41. ^ "British single certifications – Lighthouse Family – High". British Phonographic Industry.

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