Lifted (Lighthouse Family song)

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"Lifted"
Lighthouse Family Lifted.jpg
Single by Lighthouse Family
from the album Ocean Drive
B-side"Absolutely Everything"
Released22 May 1995
FormatCD, 12", cassette[1]
RecordedBattery Studios 1995
GenrePop, soul[2]
Length4:31
LabelWildcard, Polydor
Songwriter(s)Paul Tucker, Tunde Baiyewu, Martin Brammer
Producer(s)Mike Peden
Lighthouse Family singles chronology
"Lifted"
(1995)
"Ocean Drive"
(1995)
Alternative cover
Second re-released cover of "Lifted", released 4 June 1999
Second re-released cover of "Lifted", released 4 June 1999

"Lifted" is a song written by British duo Lighthouse Family, for their debut album Ocean Drive (1996). The song was produced by Mike Peden. It was released as the lead single on May 1995 and reached the top 70 in the United Kingdom. In February 1996 the song was re-released, reaching a new peak of number four in the United Kingdom and reaching the top 40 in Austria, Iceland and Ireland, as well as on the Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary chart. In 1999 "Lifted" was again re-released but with a different single cover.

Billboard felt singer Tunde Baiyewu's style drew similarities to Seal; and called it a "wonderful British-soul single... With its shuffling, funk-derived beat and strumming melody."[3]

Track listing[edit]

  • UK CD1 (1995)
  1. "Lifted" (Extended Mix) — 4:34
  2. "Beautiful Night" — 4:49
  3. "Absolutely Everything" — 3:57
  4. "Lifted" (7" Instrumental) — 4:20
  • UK CD2 (1995)
  1. "Lifted" (7" Version) — 4:22
  2. "Lifted" (Rokstone R&B Mix) — 6:39
  3. "Lifted" (Rokstone Instrumental) — 6:28
  • UK Cassette (1995)
  1. "Lifted" (7" Version) — 4:22
  2. "Absolutely Everything" — 3:57
  • UK CD (1996)
  1. "Lifted" (7" Version) — 4:21
  2. "Lifted" (Linslee Extended Mix) — 4:03
  3. "Lifted" (Linslee Instrumental) — 4:08
  4. "Lifted" (Nostalgia Freaks Dub) — 6:08
  • UK Cassette (1996)
  1. "Lifted" (7" Version) — 4:21
  2. "Lifted" (Linslee 7" Version) — 4:00

Charts and certifications[edit]

In popular culture[edit]

The song was used as the official campaign song for the British Labour Party under Tony Blair in their successful 2001 election campaign.[20]

The song was also used as the theme song for 2018 at Maris Stella High School. Mr Kwok Weng Yee, Dean of Student Development of theThe school, chose this song to highlight the school vision "Every Marist, a Gentleman of Faith, Vision and Service" in celebration of the school's 60th Anniversary.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lighthouse Family". wildcardrecords.co.uk. Archived from the original on 7 March 2001. Retrieved 5 July 2019.
  2. ^ https://www.americanradiohistory.com/hd2/IDX-Business/Music/Archive-Billboard-IDX/IDX/90s/1997/Billboard-1997-06-21-OCR-Page-0069.pdf
  3. ^ Flick, Larry (21 June 1997). "Reviews & Previews" (PDF). Billboard. p. 73. Retrieved 10 November 2018.
  4. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 5 July 2019.
  5. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 5 July 2019.
  6. ^ "Official R&B Singles Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 5 July 2019.
  7. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Lighthouse Family – Lifted" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  8. ^ "Top RPM Adult Contemporary: Issue 9888." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 5 July 2019.
  9. ^ "Eurochart Hot 100 Singles" (PDF). Music & Media. Vol. 13 no. 8. 24 February 1996. p. 16. Retrieved 2 February 2020.
  10. ^ "Íslenski Listinn Nr. 165: Vikuna 13.4. – 19.4. '96" (PDF). Dagblaðið Vísir. 13 April 1996. p. 38. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  11. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Lighthouse Family – Lifted". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 5 July 2019.
  12. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Lifted". Irish Singles Chart.
  13. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Lighthouse Family – Lifted" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  14. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 5 July 2019.
  15. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 5 July 2019.
  16. ^ "Official R&B Singles Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 5 July 2019.
  17. ^ "Top 100 Singles 1996". Music Week. 18 January 1997. p. 25.
  18. ^ "Najlepsze single na UK Top 40-1996 wg sprzedaży" (in Polish). Official Charts Company. Archived from the original on 4 June 2015. Retrieved 5 July 2019.
  19. ^ "British single certifications – Lighthouse Family – Lifted". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 5 July 2019. Select singles in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type Lifted in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  20. ^ "Labour campaign lifts off on song". British Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 22 August 2019.

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