I'm Not Scared (song)

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"I'm Not Scared"
I'm not scared.jpg
Single by Eighth Wonder
from the album Fearless
B-side ""J'ai pas peur""
Released February 20, 1988
Format 7" single, 12" maxi, CD maxi
Recorded PWL Studios, London, Late 1987-Early 1988
Genre Synthpop
Length 4:30 (album)
3:49 (single)
7:58 (disco mix)
Label CBS
Songwriter(s) Neil Tennant, Chris Lowe
Producer(s) Phil Harding
Neil Tennant
Chris Lowe
Eighth Wonder singles chronology
"When The Phone Stops Ringing"
(1987)
"I'm Not Scared"
(1988)
"Cross My Heart"
(1988)

"I'm Not Scared" is a 1988 song recorded by British pop band Eighth Wonder. The group's fifth single - the first single from the album Fearless - was released in 1988. It achieved success in France, Italy, Switzerland, Germany and the UK, where it was a top ten hit. Written by the Pet Shop Boys, the original version contains several words in French. "J'ai pas peur", the B-side of the vinyl, is the French adaptation of "I'm Not Scared". The 12" "disco mix" combines the two versions into one long mix.

The Pet Shop Boys also released their own version of the song, with Neil Tennant vocals, on the album Introspective.

Slant Magazine ranked the song 62nd in its 100 Greatest Dance Songs list, adding: ""I'm Not Scared" is unmistakably a Lowe/Tennant composition, with sharp staccato synth lines, a fluctuating bassline, histrionic lyrics ending in curly, figurative question marks (...), and — on the extended Disco Version — dramatic string stabs".[1]

Cover versions[edit]

Track listings[edit]

  • 7" single
  1. "I'm Not Scared" — 3:49
  2. "J'ai pas peur" — 5:48
  • 10" single
  1. "I'm Not Scared" (10" remix) — 5:34
  2. "J'ai pas peur" — 5:48
  • 12" maxi
  • CD maxi
  1. "I'm Not Scared" (disco mix) — 7:58
  2. "I'm Not Scared" — 4:30 (album version)
  3. "J'ai pas peur" — 5:48
  • CD single - Promo
  1. "I'm Not Scared" (radio mix) — 3:49
  2. "I'm Not Scared" (long euro mix) — 7:58
  3. "I'm Not Scared" ("little" Louie Vega mix club mix) — 5:17
  • 12" maxi - Promo
  1. "I'm Not Scared" ("little" Louie Vega mix) — 7:17
  2. "I'm Not Scared" (dub version) — 4:55
  3. "J'ai pas peur" (French version) — 5:48
  4. "I'm Not Scared" (long euro mix) — 7:58
  5. "Baby Baby" (dusted mix) — 6:00

Credits[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (1988) Peak
position
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[2] 20
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[3] 16
France (SNEP)[4] 8
Germany (Official German Charts)[5] 5
Greek Singles Chart[citation needed] 4
Irish IRMA Singles Chart[6] 14
Italian Singles Chart[7] 1
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[8] 27
Portuguese Singles Chart[citation needed] 2
Spain (AFYVE)[9] 2
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[10] 2
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[11] 7

References[edit]

  1. ^ "100 Greatest Dance Songs". Slant Magazine. 30 January 2006. Retrieved 16 April 2011. 
  2. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Eighth Wonder – I'm Not Scared" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  3. ^ "Ultratop.be – Eighth Wonder – I'm Not Scared" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  4. ^ "Lescharts.com – Eighth Wonder – I'm Not Scared" (in French). Les classement single.
  5. ^ "Musicline.de – Eighth Wonder Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  6. ^ Irish Single Chart Irishcharts.ie Archived 2009-06-03 at WebCite (Retrieved January 2, 2009)
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-10-14. Retrieved 2012-07-06. 
  8. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Eighth Wonder – I'm Not Scared" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  9. ^ Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2. 
  10. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Eighth Wonder – I'm Not Scared". Swiss Singles Chart.
  11. ^ "Archive Chart: 1988-04-16" UK Singles Chart.

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