Laughing (The Guess Who song)

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"Laughing"
LaughingUndun.jpg
Cover of the 1969 German single
Single by The Guess Who
from the album Canned Wheat
B-side"Undun"
ReleasedJuly 1969
Recorded1969 at RCA Studio A, New York, New York
GenrePop rock[1]
Length2:39
LabelRCA Victor
Songwriter(s)Randy Bachman, Burton Cummings
Producer(s)Jack Richardson
The Guess Who singles chronology
"These Eyes"
(1968)
"Laughing" / "Undun"
(1969)
"No Time"
(1969)

"Laughing" is a popular song by Canadian rock band The Guess Who. It peaked at #1 on the Canadian Singles Chart[2] and at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming the band's second single to reach the Top 10 on the latter.[3] It also became their second of three gold records.

It appeared on their 1969 album, Canned Wheat, and was released as a single that year. It sold more than 350,000 copies in its first three weeks of release.[4]

Critical reception[edit]

Dave Bist of The Montreal Gazette has written that "These Eyes" and "Laughing" gave its audience the impression that the group only made music for the money. "Undun", the group's third "biggie", and "No Time", he wrote, changed that impression.[5]

Promo video[edit]

A rare black and white music video for the song exists.[6]

Personnel[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

Cover versions[edit]

The song has been covered by saxophonist Dave Pell.[12]

Uses in Popular Culture[edit]

An edited version of the song is used in an instagram post by Director Todd Phillips as foreground music of a camera test for 2019's Joker, featuring Joaquin Phoenix as The Joker.

The edited version consists of the first three lines of the first verse and the last one of the second, forming:

I should laugh, but I cry
Because your love has passed me by
You took me by surprise
I didn't realize that you were laughing

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dave Marsh; John Swenson (12 October 1983). The new Rolling stone record guide. Random House/Rolling Stone Press. p. 208. ISBN 978-0-394-72107-1.
  2. ^ The Guess Who, "Laughing" Canadian Chart Position Retrieved March 6, 2015
  3. ^ The Guess Who, "Laughing" U.S. Chart Position Retrieved March 6, 2015
  4. ^ "Guess Who: 15 minutes to success". The Montreal Gazette. July 21, 1969. Retrieved April 2, 2011.
  5. ^ Bist, Dave (January 24, 1970). "Guess Who is another great Canadian pop group". The Montreal Gazette. Retrieved April 2, 2011.
  6. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N1nstkEavOc
  7. ^ "flavour of new zealand - search listener". Flavourofnz.co.nz. Retrieved 2016-10-02.
  8. ^ "SA Charts 1965–March 1989". Retrieved 5 September 2018.
  9. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 2016-10-02.
  10. ^ "Top 100 Hits of 1969/Top 100 Songs of 1969". Musicoutfitters.com. Retrieved 2016-10-02.
  11. ^ [1]
  12. ^ Jason Ankeny. "Mah-Na-Mah-Na - Dave Pell Singers,Dave Pell | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-10-02.

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