Looking for Freedom (song)
|"Looking for Freedom"|
|Single by David Hasselhoff|
|from the album Looking for Freedom|
|Format||7" single, 12" maxi, CD maxi|
|David Hasselhoff singles chronology|
"Looking for Freedom" is a song by American actor and singer David Hasselhoff. It was released in 1989 (originally released in 1978 with German singer Marc Seaberg). The song held the No. 1 positions in the former West Germany for 8 weeks and in Switzerland for 4 weeks.
The song is about a rich man's son who wants to make his own way in the world, rather than to have everything given to him. It was originally a hit under the name 'Auf der Straße nach Süden' performed in 1978 by Tony Marshall.
The composer was Jack White (German) and "Looking for Freedom" was the original title and lyric of the song, written by Gary Cowtan (British). It was already finished before Jon Athan began writing the German lyric. The later recorded German version sung by Tony Marshall was released some weeks after the original version sung by Marc Seaberg. The misleading factor was that Marc Seaberg was a new artist in 1978, whereas Tony Marshall was already an established star. Both of these versions, recorded at Hansa Studio 2 in Berlin, used the same instrumental tracks and some of these were again used on David Hasselhoff's 1989 version, which was completed in Los Angeles. All three versions were produced by Jack White.
Performance at Berlin Wall
As seen in an early viral video rediscovered in the late 1990s, Hasselhoff famously performed this song before throngs of pro-German reunification activists at the Berlin Wall on New Year's Eve 1989, mere weeks after the wall started being taken down. Wearing a piano-keyboard tie and a leather jacket covered in motion lights, Hasselhoff stood in a bucket crane and performed the song along with the crowd. On a later tour of Germany in 2004, Hasselhoff would lament that a photo of him was lacking from the Checkpoint Charlie Museum in Berlin.
Cover versions and uses in the media
In a commercial for Norwegian telephone company Telenor's "Djuice Freedom" subscription plan, David Hasselhoff is shown singing the song, with a voiceover that says, "David Hasselhoff is looking for freedom, Are you?"
Moone Boy's Martin Moone and his imaginary friend (played by Chris O'Dowd) dance to it on their own wall as the live transmission of the fall of the Berlin Wall plays on television, ending the episode "Another Prick In The Wall" also from 2012.
- 7" single
- "Looking for Freedom" — 3:55
- "Looking for Freedom" (instrumental) — 3:55
- CD and 12" maxi
- "Looking for Freedom" (maxi version — vocal) — 5:32
- "Looking for Freedom" (single version — vocal) — 3:55
- "Looking for Freedom" (single version — instrumental) — 3:55
Charts and sales
End of year charts
Certifications and sales
"Something's Gotten Hold of My Heart" by Marc Almond featuring Gene Pitney
|German number-one single
March 31, 1989 – May 19, 1989 (8 weeks)
"The Look" by Roxette
"Like a Prayer" by Madonna
|Swiss number-one single
April 30, 1989 – May 21, 1989 (4 weeks)
"She Drives Me Crazy" by Fine Young Cannibals
|Austrian number-one single
May 15, 1989 (1 week)
"Nur ein Lied" by Thomas Forstner
- Bill Brioux, Truth and rumors, pp. 94–96
- ZDF TV, on YouTube
- BBC News, Did David Hasselhoff really help end the Cold War?, 2004-12-06
- "Austriancharts.at – David Hasselhoff – Looking for Freedom" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
- "Ultratop.be – David Hasselhoff – Looking for Freedom" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
- "Lescharts.com – David Hasselhoff – Looking for Freedom" (in French). Les classement single.
- "Musicline.de – David Hasselhoff Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
- "Dutchcharts.nl – David Hasselhoff – Looking for Freedom" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
- "Swisscharts.com – David Hasselhoff – Looking for Freedom". Swiss Singles Chart.
- 1989 Austrian Singles Chart Austriancharts.at (Retrieved April 20, 2008)
- 1989 Swiss Singles Chart Hitparade.ch (Retrieved April 20, 2008)
- "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank ('Looking+for+Freedom')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved April 20, 2008.