Living on Video

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"Living On Video"
Single by Trans-X
from the album Living on Video
Released 1983
Genre Hi-NRG, synthpop
Length 5:55
Label Polydor
Writer(s) Pascal Languirand
Producer(s) Dominique Nicodemo
Carmine Nicodemo
Trans-X singles chronology
"Message on the Radio"
"Living on Video"

"Living on Video" is a song by Trans-X written and published in 1981, but not released until 1983 by Polydor, re-released in 1985. It became a massive hit worldwide, as well as peaking at #61 on the Billboard Hot 100. Trans-X also 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]

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"), 2 Brothers on the 4th Floor (as "Living in Cyberspace"), Potatoheadz and by both Tronix Dj and Recorder. 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.

Track listings[edit]

7" single
  1. "Living on Video" — 4:18
  2. "Digital World" — 3:30
12" maxi
  1. "Living on Video" (special maxi version) — 5:55
  2. "Digital World" — 3:30
12" maxi
  1. "Living on Video" — 5:55
  2. "Living on Video" (remix) — 6:44
  3. "Vivre sur video" — 6:10


Pakito version[edit]

"Living on Video"
Single by Pakito
from the album Video
B-side Remix
Released 2006
Format CD single, CD maxi,
digital download
Recorded France
Genre Electronic, house[7]
Length 3:19 [7]
Label Pan Music,
Universal Licensing Music
Writer(s) Trans-X
Producer(s) Julien Ranouil & Pascal Languirand
Pakito singles chronology
- "Living on Video"
"Moving on Stereo"

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.[8]

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
Belgian (Flanders) Singles Chart[9] 25
Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart[9] 3
Dutch Singles Chart[9] 7
Eurochart Hot 100 3
French SNEP Singles Chart[9] 1
Swedish Singles Chart[9] 43

End of year charts[edit]

End of year chart (2006) Position
Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart[10] 6
Dutch Top 40[11] 8
French Airplay Chart[12] 35
French Club Chart[12] 1
French TV Music Videos Chart[12] 32
French Singles Chart[13] 6


Country Certification Date Sales certified
Belgium[14] Gold September 23, 2006 20,000
France[15] Platinum August 30, 2006 300,000

Chart successions[edit]

Preceded by
"Hips Don't Lie" by Shakira featuring Wyclef Jean
French SNEP number one single
May 7, 2006 - May 28, 2006 (4 weeks)
Succeeded by
"We Are the Champions (Ding a Dang Dong)"
by Crazy Frog

In popular culture[edit]

  • Was featured in a Diet Pepsi commercial where a man had trouble having sleepovers with his friends. [1]
  • Telus used the song in a television commercial [2]


  1. ^ a b "Living on Video", in Austrian and Swiss Singles Charts (Retrieved August 23, 2008)
  2. ^ German Singles Chart (Retrieved August 23, 2008)
  3. ^ Irish Single Chart (Retrieved August 23, 2008)
  4. ^ UK Singles Chart (Retrieved August 23, 2008)
  5. ^ Billboard (Retrieved August 23, 2008)
  6. ^ 1983 Swiss Singles Chart (Retrieved August 23, 2008)
  7. ^ a b Pakito - Living On Video (CD) at Discogs
  8. ^ "Top 100 des singles les plus vendus du millénaire en France, épisode 2 (90-81)". Chartsinfrance. 19 July 2014. Retrieved 2015-03-15. 
  9. ^ a b c d e "Living on Video", in various singles charts (Retrieved February 9, 2008)
  10. ^ 2006 Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart (Retrieved August 23, 2008)
  11. ^ "Single top 100 over 2006" (pdf) (in Dutch). Top40. Retrieved 10 May 2010. 
  12. ^ a b c 2004 French Airplay and Video Charts (Retrieved August 23, 2008)
  13. ^ 2006 French Singles Chart (Retrieved August 23, 2008)
  14. ^ Belgian certifications (Retrieved August 23, 2008)
  15. ^ French certifications (Retrieved August 23, 2008)