Living on Video

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"Living on Video"
Living on Video.jpg
Single by Trans-X
from the album Living On Video
ReleasedMay 3, 1983
Format
RecordedMarch 1983
Genre
Length5:55 (LP version)
LabelPolydor
Songwriter(s)Pascal Languirand
Producer(s)
  • Dominique Nicodemo
  • Carmine Nicodemo
Trans-X singles chronology
"Message on the Radio"
(1983)
"Living on Video"
(1983)
"3-D Dance"
(1983)
Music video
"Living on Video" on YouTube

"Living on Video" is a song by Canadian synth-pop band Trans-X[1] written and published in 1982, but not released as a single until May 1983 by Polydor Records, and then remixed in 1985. It became a massive hit worldwide, with the remixed version peaking at #9 on the UK Singles Chart and #61 on the Billboard Hot 100.[2][3] Trans-X also originally recorded a French-language version under the title "Vivre sur Vidéo". The song has been covered by many artists throughout the years.

Trans-X version[edit]

The song was a big hit in Europe upon its release in 1983 and featured on the band's debut album, Living On Video. However, it only managed to reach #77 in the UK, which was in 1984.[4] It was remixed and re-released in 1985 upon which it much more successful, peaking at #9 in the UK and also charting in the US, reaching #61 on the Billboard Hot 100.[2][3] This version featured on the US version of band's 1986 second album, also called Living On Video.[5] The band re-recorded the song in 1986 and released it as a 12" maxi single, although the fact that it was re-recorded was not mentioned.[6] This featured on Canadian version of their second album.[7]

Music video[edit]

The music video features the band performing the song in a room with several TVs and a Commodore PET. A Roland SH-101 keytar is also featured, which Languirand uses.[8] It was filmed in Munich, Germany and is a live performance from the TV show Formel Eins [de] in 1984.[9]

Track listings[edit]

1983[edit]

7" single
  1. "Living on Video" — 4:18
  2. "Digital World" — 3:30
12" single
  1. "Living on Video" (Long Version) — 5:55
  2. "Digital World" — 3:30
12" maxi
  1. "Living on Video" — 5:55
  2. "Vivre sur Vidéo" — 6:13
  3. "Living on Video" (Remix) — 6:42

1985[edit]

7" single

  1. "Living on Video" ('85 Big Mix) — 5:32
  2. "Digital Word" — 3:30

12" maxi

  1. "Living on Video" ('85 Big Mix) — 5:32
  2. "Living on Video" (Dub Mix) — 6:30
  3. "Digital Word" — 3:30

1986[edit]

12" maxi

  1. "Living on Video" — 6:59
  2. "Living on Video" (Instrumental) — 5:00
  3. "Living on Video" (Radio Version) — 3:40

Charts[edit]

Chart (1983–1984) Peak position
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[10] 8
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[11] 13
Germany (Official German Charts)[12] 4
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[13] 12
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[14] 16
Spain (AFYVE)[15] 1
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[16] 2
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[4] 77
Chart (1985–1986) Peak position
Australia (Kent Music Report)[17] 40
Ireland (IRMA)[18] 17
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[2] 9
US Billboard Hot 100[3] 61

Other remixes and cover versions[edit]

It was remixed by Trans-X in 2003 and again 2006, and again by French DJ Pakito who also made it a hit. The song has also been remixed by U96 as Love Sees No Colour (Version 2), Nathalie De Borah, DJ Piccolo, Dr. Lektroluv, Trance XS, Cardenia, Cosmo & Tom, La Bouche, Culture Beat, DJ Interface, Ratty, Lazard, Gary D, Masterboy, Pin-Occhio (as "Tu Tatuta Tuta Ta"), Potatoheadz and by both Tronix Dj and Recorder, Stream (in 2016).[19] It also has been covered as Vivre Sur Video by Vive la Fête. Most recently, it was covered by the band HexRX for the "Das Bunker: Choice of a New Generation" compilation. In 2012, "Robots", a single by Belgian singer Kate Ryan, sampled the song. Also, in 2013, it was used as the main theme in the song "Get Ready Now" by Beatmaker. Arash sampled the song in 2014 under the name SLR. Parts of the song has also been remixed by Logobi GT as Gâter le Koin (Album "La Puissance" in 2010).

2 Brothers on the 4th Floor version[edit]

"Living in Cyberspace"
Single by 2 Brothers on the 4th Floor
ReleasedNovember 12, 1999
FormatCD
Recorded1999
GenreEurodance
Length3:44
LabelZYX
Songwriter(s)Pascal Languirand, Bobby Boer, Dancability
Producer(s)2 Brothers on the 4th Floor
2 Brothers on the 4th Floor singles chronology
"Heaven Is Here"
(1999)
"Living in Cyberspace"
(1999)
"Wonderful Feeling"
(2000)

In 1999, 2 Brothers on the 4th Floor released their cover version of the song Living on Video titled Living in Cyberspace. Musically, it resembles the original score, but is adapted to the 1990s. The same applies in part to the text: The original text was indeed adopted, but supplemented by a few lines. Although a studio album never appeared on the cover, it is included in the compilations Summer Hit Mix 2000 and Best Of 2 Brothers On The 4th Floor.

Track listings[edit]

CD-Maxi

  1. Living In Cyberspace (Snapshot RMX II) - 3:19
  2. Living In Cyberspace (Radio Version) - 3:44
  3. Living In Cyberspace (Lick Discomix) - 5:45

Charts[edit]

Chart (1999) Peak
position
Dutch Top 40 28[20]

Pakito version[edit]

"Living on Video"
LivingOnVideoPakito.jpg
Single by Pakito
from the album Video
B-side"Remix"
ReleasedJune 27, 2006
FormatCD single, CD maxi,
digital download
RecordedFrance
GenreElectronic, house[21]
Length3:19 [21]
LabelPan Music,
Universal Licensing Music
Songwriter(s)Pascal Languirand
Producer(s)Julien Ranouil
Pakito singles chronology
"Living on Video"
(2006)
"Moving on Stereo"
(2006)

Pakito released their album Video containing the single and another remix. It reached number one in France for four weeks and hit the charts in several other countries. As of July 2014, it was the 85th best-selling single of the 21st century in France, with 328,000 units sold.[22]

Track listings[edit]

CD maxi
  1. "Living on Video" (original radio edit) — 3:20
  2. "Living on Video" (noot's vocal radio edit) — 3:10
  3. "Living on Video" (original mix) — 5:36
  4. "Living on Video" (noot's vocal mix) — 6:34

Charts and sales[edit]

Peak positions[edit]

Chart (2006) Peak
position
Belgian (Flanders) Singles Chart[23] 25
Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart[23] 3
Dutch Singles Chart[23] 7
Eurochart Hot 100 3
French SNEP Singles Chart[23] 1
Swedish Singles Chart[23] 43

End of year charts[edit]

End of year chart (2006) Position
Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart[24] 6
Dutch Top 40[25] 8
French Airplay Chart[26] 35
French Club Chart[26] 1
French TV Music Videos Chart[26] 32
French Singles Chart[27] 6

Certifications[edit]

Country Certification Date Sales certified
Belgium[28] Gold September 23, 2006 20,000
France[29] Platinum August 30, 2006 300,000

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nielsen Business Media, Inc. (31 May 1986). Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. pp. 34–. ISSN 0006-2510.
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  3. ^ a b c Billboard allmusic.com (Retrieved August 23, 2008)
  4. ^ a b "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 4 March 2020.
  5. ^ "Trans-X - Living On Video". Discogs. Retrieved 2020-04-04.
  6. ^ "Trans-X - Living On Video". Discogs. Retrieved 2020-04-04.
  7. ^ "Trans-X - Living On Video". Discogs. Retrieved 2020-04-04.
  8. ^ "Trans-X - Living On Video | SimplyEighties.com". www.simplyeighties.com. Retrieved 2020-04-04.
  9. ^ "Interview with PASCAL from TRANS-X (Canyon Club, Agoura Hills 1/2/2016)". Inner Edge Music. 2016-01-11. Retrieved 2020-04-05.
  10. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Trans-X – Living on Video" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  11. ^ "Ultratop.be – Trans-X – Living on Video" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  12. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Trans-X – Living on Video". GfK Entertainment Charts.
  13. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Trans-X" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40.
  14. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Trans-X – Living on Video" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  15. ^ Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. p. 871. ISBN 84-8048-639-2.
  16. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Trans-X – Living on Video". Swiss Singles Chart.
  17. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (Illustrated ed.). St. Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 312. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. N.B. The Kent Report chart was licensed by ARIA between mid 1983 and 19 June 1988.
  18. ^ Irish Single Chart Irishcharts.ie (Retrieved August 23, 2008)
  19. ^ "Stream - Living on Video on iTunes RU".
  20. ^ ultratop.be
  21. ^ a b Pakito - Living On Video (CD) at Discogs
  22. ^ "Top 100 des singles les plus vendus du millénaire en France, épisode 2 (90-81)". Chartsinfrance. 19 July 2014. Retrieved 2015-03-15.
  23. ^ a b c d e "Living on Video", in various singles charts Lescharts.com (Retrieved February 9, 2008)
  24. ^ 2006 Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart Ultratop.be (Retrieved August 23, 2008)
  25. ^ "Single top 100 over 2006" (pdf) (in Dutch). Top40. Retrieved 10 May 2010.
  26. ^ a b c 2004 French Airplay and Video Charts Yacast.fr (Retrieved August 23, 2008)
  27. ^ 2006 French Singles Chart Disqueenfrance.com Archived 2012-04-04 at the Wayback Machine (Retrieved August 23, 2008)
  28. ^ Belgian certifications Ultratop.be (Retrieved August 23, 2008)
  29. ^ French certifications Disqueenfrance.com Archived 2012-03-07 at the Wayback Machine (Retrieved August 23, 2008)