Madame Helga

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"Madame Helga"
Madame Helga.jpg
Single by Stereophonics
from the album You Gotta Go There to Come Back
B-side"High as the Ceiling"
ReleasedMay 19, 2003
Format7" vinyl, 12" vinyl, CD single, DVD single
RecordedSeptember - December 2002 in England at Hook End Manor, Checkendon
GenreRock, glam metal,[1][2] gospel[3]
Length3:55
LabelV2
Songwriter(s)Kelly Jones
Producer(s)Kelly Jones
Stereophonics singles chronology
"Vegas Two Times"
(2002)
"Madame Helga"
(2003)
"Maybe Tomorrow"
(2003)
Music video
"Madame Helga" on YouTube

"Madame Helga" is a single from the Stereophonics 2003 album You Gotta Go There to Come Back. It was inspired by the band's stay at Helga's Folly while they were on tour in Sri Lanka. The folly itself is owned by a woman called Helga Desilva Blow Perera and that was where the title "Madame Helga" came from. The song is also one of the heavier tracks produced by the band along with "Vegas Two Times". The song reached number four on the UK Singles Chart and number 15 on the Irish Singles Chart in May 2003.

The song is track 3 on You Gotta Go There To Come Back. There is also a live version of the track on the Live from Dakota album. The music video was directed by Robert Hales.

Despite being one of the band's highest charting singles, it does not feature on the standard edition of the band's 2008 greatest hits album Decade in the Sun: Best of Stereophonics.

Track listings[edit]

CD1

  1. "Madame Helga"
  2. "High as the Ceiling"
  3. "Royal Flush" (Mono Demo)

DVD

  1. "Madame Helga"
  2. "Madame Helga"
  3. "Madame Helga"

7"

  1. "Madame Helga"
  2. "High as the Ceiling"
  3. "Royal Flush" (Mono Demo)

Charts[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dalton, Stephen (7 June 2003). "Stereophonics : You Gotta Go There To Come Back". NME. Retrieved 24 July 2013.
  2. ^ McCormick, Neil (17 April 2003). "Let's be nice to the Stereophonics". Telegraph. Retrieved 9 June 2017.
  3. ^ Wilson, MAcKenzie. Madame Helga at AllMusic
  4. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Madame Helga". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 5 December 2018.
  5. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 5 December 2018.
  6. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 5 December 2018.
  7. ^ "Official Independent Singles Chart Top 50". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 5 December 2018.
  8. ^ "The Official UK Singles Chart 2003" (PDF). UKChartsPlus. Retrieved 5 December 2018.

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