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"
Released 1978
Format 7" single
12" single
Recorded 1978
Genre Pop, Disco, Space disco
Length 3:42
4:19 (long version)
Label Ariola 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 the titular "starship trooper" could refer to Luke Skywalker[original research?]. The song also 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. Many of the lyrics contain sexual innuendo; for example, "Take me, make me feel the force". 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" (which could refer to Star Trek, Blake's 7 or Starship Troopers).

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]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1978) Peak
Position
Germany (Official German Charts)[4] 26
Ireland (IRMA)[5] 5
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[6] 50
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[7] 6

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[8] Gold 500,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

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