I Lost My Heart to a Starship Trooper

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"I Lost My Heart to a Starship Trooper"
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
Writer(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". 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]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
United Kingdom (BPI)[4] 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. ^ "British single certifications – Sarah Brightman & Hot Gossip – I Lost My Heart to a Starship Trooper". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter I Lost My Heart to a Starship Trooper in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select single in the field By Format. Select Gold in the field By Award. Click Search

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