Moving On Up (M People song)

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"Moving on Up"
MPeopleMovingOnUpCDSingleCover.jpg
Single by M People
from the album Elegant Slumming
B-side"Remix"
Released13 September 1993
Format
Genre
Length
  • 5:29 (Album Version)
  • 3:34 (Single Edit)
LabelDeconstruction
Songwriter(s)
  • Mike Pickering
  • Paul Heard
Producer(s)M People
M People singles chronology
"One Night in Heaven"
(1993)
"Moving on Up"
(1993)
"Don't Look Any Further"
(1993)
Music video
"Moving on Up" on YouTube

Moving on Up is the seventh overall single from British band M People, and the second single from their second album, Elegant Slumming (1993). Written by Mike Pickering and Paul Heard and produced by M People, it was released on 13 September 1993.

The song peaked at number two on the UK Singles Chart, and was the biggest selling M People single. The song also became a Top 40 hit on the US Billboard Hot 100, and number one on the Billboard dance chart.

Critical reception[edit]

Billboard wrote that Heather Small and the band “deftly blends state-of-the-charts club trends with a reverence for classic Motown and R&B sounds. After one spin, you'll be humming the chorus for a week, which is the mark of a true smash."[3]

Dave Sholin from the Gavin Report commented on the song: "Excitement about this uptempo winner is spreading fast and one listen should explain why."[4]

Music & Media wrote: "The '90s will be type-cast as the age of retro, both in rock and in dance. These people restore Funky Town as the capital of good old disco. A floor filler annex airplay hit is born!"[5]

Chart performance[edit]

"Moving on Up" proved to be M People's biggest hit worldwide, but just reaching number two on the UK Singles Chart. The single was also a success in Australia (#4), Finland (#6), France (#3), Ireland (#4) and New Zealand (#4). It also topped the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart in the United States in 1994. It is also M People's only single to chart on the Billboard Hot 100, reaching number 34.

Artwork[edit]

On United Kingdom and European versions of the single, the cover appeared with three quarters of the cover featuring a side profile of lead singer Heather Small, looking serious to hint that she's moving away. The bottom quarter of the single has a purple banner all the way across with the title written on it. On other versions of the single, the colour of this banner was red, yellow or blue.

Compilations/soundtracks[edit]

"Moving on Up" featured on many compilations including Now That's What I Call Music! 27, Telstar's Hits 93: Volume 4 in the United Kingdom, and many other across the globe. The single has also been featured in many films, including the British blockbuster The Full Monty, The Next Karate Kid and the American comedy The First Wives Club.

In February 1998, the song was featured in an episode of Top Gear, during the reviews of the Citroën Xantia, Vauxhall Vectra, Peugeot 406, Subaru Legacy and the Volkswagen Passat, with an voice over by presenter Jeremy Clarkson.[6][7][8]

Track listings[edit]

CD single / 12" maxi — Promo
  1. "Moving on Up" (M People master edit) — 3:34
  2. "Moving on Up" (M People dub) — 4:35
CD maxi
  1. "Moving on Up" (M People master edit) — 3:34
  2. "Moving on Up" (M People master mix) — 5:29
  3. "Moving on Up" (M People dub) — 4:35
  4. "Moving on Up" (Roger S. gospel revival mix) — 5:55
12" maxi
  1. "Moving on Up" (M People master mix)
  2. "Moving on Up" (M People dub)
  3. "Moving on Up" (Roger S. gospel revival mix)
  4. "Moving on Up" (Roger S. moving mix)

Other versions[edit]

Moving on Up was also a dance hit for Belgian singer Roselle in 1995.

The chorus is interpolated in the song "Gloves" by Australian comedy group Thanks Pet, Next, a hidden track on their EP Frogstamp, which satirises invasive body searching. In that concext, the phrase "moving on up" becomes a double entendre.

Charts[edit]

References[edit]

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