Living in a Box (song)

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"Living in a Box"
Living in a Box single.jpg
Single by Living in a Box
from the album Living in a Box
Released 23 March 1987
Format 7", 12", CD
Recorded 1985–1987
Genre Synthpop, Sophisti-pop[1]
Length 3:02, 6:10
Label Chrysalis
Songwriter(s) Marcus Vere, Steve Piggot
Producer(s) Richard James Burgess, Tom Lord-Alge
Living in a Box singles chronology
"Living in a Box"
(1987)
"Scales of Justice"
(1987)
"Living in a Box"
(1987)
"Scales of Justice"
(1987)

"Living in a Box" is a song by Living in a Box released on 23 March 1987 as their first single from the album of the same name.

It was the group's biggest hit single, together with 'Room In Your Heart', both reaching No. 5 on the UK Singles Chart,[2] 'Living In A Box' became the group's only Top 40 hit in the United States, peaking at No. 17 on the Billboard Hot 100.

The song was covered by Bobby Womack, who had worked with Living in a Box on their debut album; his version reached No. 70 in the UK,[3] and was a minor US hit. The song's title came from a comment by a friend of the band's songwriter and keyboard player Marcus Vere. The friend lived in a small council flat in Sheffield, England prompting him to remark "I feel like I'm living in a cardboard box!", referring to the sense of feeling enclosed.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Inskeep, Thomas; Soto, Alfred. "The Bluffer's Guide – Sophisti-Pop". Stylus. Retrieved 28 April 2016. 
  2. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 325. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  3. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 608. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.