I Lost My Heart to a Starship Trooper

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"I Lost My Heart to a Starship Trooper"
Starship Trooper.jpg
Single by Sarah Brightman
and Hot Gossip
B-side"Do, Do, Do"
Released1978
Format7" single
12" single
Recorded1978
GenrePop, Disco, Space disco
Length3:42
4:19 (long version)
LabelAriola Hansa
Songwriter(s)Jeff Calvert, Geraint Hughes
Producer(s)Steve Rowland

"I Lost My Heart to a Starship Trooper", sometimes cited as "(I Lost My Heart to A) Starship Trooper", is a 1978 single written by Jeff Calvert and Geraint Hughes[1] of Typically Tropical and performed by Sarah Brightman and Hot Gossip. It is notable as the debut of the then 18-year-old Brightman as a singer, and reached number six in the UK Singles Chart.[2]

The song is a lightweight space disco track that cashed in on the media hype surrounding the original Star Wars film: the lyrics include the lines "And evil Darth Vader he's been banished to Mars" and "Or are you like a droid, devoid of emotion", and other science fiction references include: "I lost my heart to a starship trooper", "Flash Gordon's left me, he's gone to the stars", "What my body needs is close encounter three", "Static on the comm – it's Starfleet Command" and "Fighting for the Federation"

The song samples music from Star Wars, Thus Spoke Zarathustra (from 2001: A Space Odyssey), and the "spaceship communication" melody from Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

The song was performed on The Kenny Everett Video Show by its regular dance troupe Hot Gossip. Its lead, Sarah Brightman, was dressed in a silver catsuit and platform shoes.[3]

In 1997 Brightman rerecorded the song, with producer Frank Peterson, and released it as a single to coincide with the film Starship Troopers; although the single carried the artwork from the film the song itself was not featured in the film itself.[4]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1978) Peak
Position
Germany (Official German Charts)[5] 26
Ireland (IRMA)[6] 5
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[7] 50
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[8] 6

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[9] Gold 500,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Discogs". Retrieved 8 May 2012.
  2. ^ "Sarah's Early Years: 1960 – 1981". Sarah Brightman Official Website. Retrieved 2 December 2007.
  3. ^ Craig, Olga (29 November 2008), Sarah Brightman's hot gossip days are over, London: The Daily Telegraph, retrieved 4 May 2010
  4. ^ https://sarahbrightman.com/discography/starship-troopers/
  5. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Sarah Brightman & Hot Gossip – I Lost My Heart to a Starship Trooper". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved March 6, 2016.
  6. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – I Lost My Heart to a Starship Trooper". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved March 6, 2016.
  7. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – I Lost My Heart to a Starship Trooper – I Lost My Heart to a Starship Trooper" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved March 6, 2016.
  8. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved March 6, 2016.
  9. ^ "British single certifications – Sarah Brightman & Hot Gossip – I Lost My Heart to a Starship Trooper". British Phonographic Industry. Select singles in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type I Lost My Heart to a Starship Trooper in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.

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