Misfit (Curiosity Killed the Cat song)

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"Misfit"
Curiosity Killed the Cat Misfit reissue.jpeg
1987 reissue vinyl cover
Single by Curiosity Killed the Cat
from the album Keep Your Distance
B-side"Man"
Released8 August 1986 (1986-08-08)[1]
June 1987 (1987-06) (reissue)
GenreSophisti-pop
Length4:02
7:02 (12")
LabelMercury
Songwriter(s)
  • Curiosity Killed the Cat
  • Toby Andersen
Producer(s)Stewart Levine
Curiosity Killed the Cat singles chronology
"Misfit"
(1986)
"Down to Earth"
(1986)

"Misfit" is the debut single by English band Curiosity Killed the Cat, originally released in August 1986. The song was not particularly successful and only reached number 76 on the UK Singles Chart.[2] However, the following year, after the success of "Down to Earth" and "Ordinary Day", "Misfit" was re-released in June 1987, upon which it was much more successful, peaking at number 7 in the UK.[3]

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Andy Warhol and also features a cameo appearance by him. It was also one of his last assignments before his death the following year. The band met Warhol at an exhibition in Mayfair and he took a shine to bass player Nick Thorp. He then invited the band to a banquet he was having later at the Café Royal and said he was interested in hearing some of their music. After listening to "Misfit", Warhol said he'd 'love to do a video for you boys' after Phonogram had said they weren't going to make a video for it. The video was then shot in New York in a week.[4]

Track listings[edit]

7": Mercury / MER 226 (UK, 1986) / CAT 4 (UK, 1987)

  1. "Misfit" – 4:02
  2. "Man" – 3:49

12": Mercury / MERX 226 (UK, 1986)

  1. "Misfit" (Extended Mix) – 7:02
  2. "Man" – 3:49
  3. "Corruption" (Dub) – 5:26

12": Mercury / MERXR 226 (UK, 1986)

  1. "Misfit" (Scratch Mix)
  2. "Misfit" (Dub Mix)
  3. "Misfit" (John Morales Extended Mix)

12"/Cassette: Mercury / CATX 4 / CATXM 4 (UK, 1987)

  1. "Misfit" (Extended Mix)
  2. "Man"
  3. "Misfit" (7" Version)

CDV: Mercury / 080 112-2 (UK, 1987)

  1. "Misfit" (12" Version) – 7:01
  2. Red Lights – 5:32
  3. Shallow Memory – 4:29
  4. "Misfit" (Video) – 4:04

Charts[edit]

Chart (1986) Peak
position
UK Singles (OCC)[2] 76
Chart (1987) Peak
position
Australia (Kent Music Report)[5] 97
Germany (Official German Charts)[6] 53
Ireland (IRMA)[7] 8
Italy (Musica e dischi)[8] 16
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[9] 35
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[10] 48
UK Singles (OCC)[3] 7
US Billboard Hot 100[11] 42
US Hot Dance Club Play (Billboard)[11] 39

References[edit]

  1. ^ "News Digest" (PDF). Record Mirror. 2 August 1986. p. 46. Retrieved 27 December 2021.
  2. ^ a b "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 9 June 2020.
  3. ^ a b "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 9 June 2020.
  4. ^ "Ben Volpeliere-Pierrot talks Curiosity Killed The Cat, hits and Andy Warhol | superdeluxeedition". Retrieved 2020-06-09.
  5. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 80. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  6. ^ "Curiosity Killed the Cat – Misfit" (in German). GfK Entertainment charts. Retrieved 9 June 2020.
  7. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Misfit". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 9 June 2020.
  8. ^ "M&D: Classifiche". musicaedischi.it. Retrieved 2022-06-03.
  9. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Curiosity Killed the Cat" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40. Retrieved 9 June 2020.
  10. ^ "Curiosity Killed the Cat – Misfit" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 9 June 2020.
  11. ^ a b "Curiosity Killed the Cat Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved 9 June 2020.