I'm Still Standing

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For the 2012 book, see I'm Still Standing (book).
"I'm Still Standing"
Single by Elton John
from the album Too Low for Zero
B-side "Love So Cold" (US)
"Earn While You Learn" (UK)
Released 3 July 1983
Format Vinyl record (7")
Genre Rock
Length 3:03
Label Geffen (US); Rocket (UK)
Writer(s) Elton John (music), Bernie Taupin (lyrics)
Producer(s) Chris Thomas
Elton John singles chronology
"I Guess That's Why They Call It the Blues"
(1983)
"I'm Still Standing"
(1983)
"Kiss the Bride"
(1983)
Too Low for Zero track listing
"Cold as Christmas (In the Middle of the Year)"
(1)
"I'm Still Standing"
(2)
"Too Low for Zero"
(3)

"I'm Still Standing" is a song by British rock musician Elton John, from his Platinum-certified 1983 album, Too Low for Zero.[1]

Song[edit]

Helped in part by a video promoting the song on then-new MTV, "I'm Still Standing" became a big hit for John on both sides of the Atlantic, peaking at #1 in Canada[2] and Switzerland,[3] #4 in the UK,[4] and #12 in the US Billboard Hot100.[5]

Promotional video[edit]

The video, directed by Russell Mulcahy, was shot in Cannes (InterContinental Carlton Cannes) and Nice on the Côte d'Azur in France and features the colours of the French flag.

Bruno Tonioli, later a judge on the hit shows Strictly Come Dancing for BBC (UK) and its American adaptation, Dancing with the Stars for ABC in the US, appears as one of the dancers in the video.

It was due to be shot over the course of two days, but a camera full of the first day's film was ruined when Mulcahy accidentally fell into the sea with it. Therefore, it had to be filmed again on another day.

During the shoot for the video, John came across Duran Duran. He complained he was exhausted at having been up since 4 o'clock in the morning. Simon Le Bon decided John should have a martini. "So I did," John later recalled, "I had six."[6]

In his book Wild Boy: My Life in Duran Duran, Andy Taylor talks of the experience:

There were lots of celebrities around in Cannes and one day we discovered that Elton John was in town, filming the video for his song I'm Still Standing. This was before Elton became teetotal, so he was still a steaming party animal; we went up to see him at his hotel and spent the afternoon getting blasted on Martinis. We decided it would be a laugh to get him drunk and we were slinging the drinks down him 'Ooh, you are lovely boys,' he screeched, loving every minute of it. We got him so drunk that eventually he went upstairs and threw a wobbler in his suite. It caused all sorts of chaos - but it was a great party.[7]

The next morning, John awoke and wandered into his personal assistant's room—which was "leveled"—and asked him "What happened?" His assistant laughed: "You happened!"[6]

Chart performance[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[28] Silver 250,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Cover versions[edit]

Live cover performances[edit]

The song has been covered four times on the UK version of The X Factor: by Lloyd Daniels in the sixth series, Wagner in the seventh series, Christopher Maloney in series 9 and Stevi Ritche in series 11. Diana DeGarmo and Naima Adedapo also performed the song in the third and tenth seasons of American Idol, respectively.

Track listing[edit]

US 7" single
  1. "I'm Still Standing" - 3:00
  2. "Love So Cold" - 5:08
UK 7" single
  1. "I'm Still Standing" - 3:00
  2. "Earn While You Learn" - 6:42
  • This single was also available as a picture disc shaped as a piano.
UK 12" single
  1. "I'm Still Standing" (extended version) - 3:45
  2. "Earn While You Learn" - 6:42

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cassata, Mary Anne (2002). The Elton John Scrapbook. Citadel Press. p. 108. ISBN 9780806523224. 
  2. ^ "Top Singles - Volume 38, No. 20, July 16 1983". Collections Canada. 16 July 1983. Retrieved 23 June 2016. 
  3. ^ "Elton John - I'm Still Standing". Swiss Singles Chart (in German). Retrieved 23 June 2016. 
  4. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100 - 21 August 1983 - 27 August 1983". UK Singles Chart. Retrieved 23 June 2016. 
  5. ^ "Elton John - Chart History". Billboard Hot 100. Retrieved 23 June 2016. 
  6. ^ a b Anecdotage - Still Standing?
  7. ^ Cocaine, trampolining topless models and Martinis with Elton - Duran Duran, the wild boys of pop | Mail Online
  8. ^ "Forum – ARIA Charts: Special Occasion Charts – CHART POSITIONS PRE 1989". Australian-charts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 23 June 2016. 
  9. ^ "Ultratop.be – Elton John – I'm Still Standing" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 23 June 2016.
  10. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 6261." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 23 June 2016.
  11. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Elton John – I'm Still Standing". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 23 June 2016.
  12. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – I'm Still Standing". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 23 June 2016.
  13. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Elton John – I'm Still Standing" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 23 June 2016.
  14. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – week 30, 1983" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40 Retrieved 23 June 2016.
  15. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Elton John – I'm Still Standing". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 23 June 2016.
  16. ^ "South African Rock Lists Website SA Charts 1965 – 1989 Acts J". The South African Rock Encyclopedia. Retrieved 23 June 2016. 
  17. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Elton John – I'm Still Standing". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved 23 June 2016.
  18. ^ "Archive Chart: 1983-08-27" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved 23 June 2016.
  19. ^ "Elton John – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Elton John. Retrieved 23 June 2016.
  20. ^ "Billboard July 16, 1983" (PDF). Billboard (New York, NY, USA). 16 July 1983. p. 27. Retrieved 23 June 2016. 
  21. ^ "Elton John – Chart history" Billboard Mainstream Rock Songs for Elton John. Retrieved 23 June 2016.
  22. ^ CASH BOX Top 100 Singles – Week ending JULY 2, 1983 at the Wayback Machine (archived 11 September 2012). Cash Box magazine.
  23. ^ "Forum – ARIA Charts: Special Occasion Charts – Top 100 End of Year AMR Charts - 1980s". Australian-charts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 23 June 2016. 
  24. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 6699." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 23 June 2016.
  25. ^ "Schweizer Jahreshitparade 1983". Swiss Singles Chart (in German). Retrieved 23 June 2016. 
  26. ^ Scapin, Peter, ed. (1984). "Top 100 singles: 1983". BPI Year Book 1984. British Phonographic Industry. pp. 42–43. ISBN 0-906154-04-9. 
  27. ^ "Top 100 Hits for 1983". Billboard Hot 100. Retrieved 23 June 2016. 
  28. ^ "British single certifications – Elton John – I'm Still Standing". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 23 June 2016.  Enter I'm Still Standing in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select single in the field By Format. Select Silver in the field By Award. Click Search

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