Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye
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|"Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye"|
|Single by Steam|
|from the album Steam|
|B-side||"It's the Magic in You Girl"|
|Recorded||1969 in New York at Mercury Sound Studios|
|Genre||Pop, psychedelic pop, pop rock|
|Length||4:08 (LP version)
6:20 (long version)
3:45 (45 version)
2:59 (45 radio version)
|Label||Fontana F 1667 (US)|
|Writer(s)||Paul Leka, Gary DeCarlo, Dale Frashuer|
|Steam singles chronology|
|"Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye"|
|Single by Bananarama|
|from the album Deep Sea Skiving|
|B-side||"Tell Tale Signs"|
|Format||7" single, 12" single|
|Writer(s)||Gary DeCarlo, Dale Frashuer, Paul Leka|
|Producer(s)||Jolley & Swain|
|Bananarama singles chronology|
"Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye" is a song written and recorded by Paul Leka, Gary DeCarlo and Dale Frashuer, attributed to a then-fictitious band they named "Steam". It was released under the Mercury subsidiary label Fontana and became a number one pop single on the Billboard Hot 100 in late 1969, and remained on the charts in early 1970. The song's chorus remains well-known, and is frequently used as a crowd chant at many sporting events generally directed at the losing side when the outcome is all but certain.
Paul Leka, Gary DeCarlo and Dale Frashuer wrote a primitive version of the song in the early 1960s when they were members of a band from Bridgeport, Connecticut, called The Chateaus. The Chateaus disbanded after several failed recordings. In 1968, DeCarlo recorded several singles at Mercury Records in New York with Paul Leka as producer. The singles impressed the company's executives, who wanted to issue all of them as A-side singles. In need of "inferior" B-side songs, Leka and DeCarlo resurrected an old song from their days as the Chateaus, "Kiss Him Goodbye", with their old bandmate, Dale Frashuer.
With DeCarlo as lead vocalist, the three musicians recorded the song in one recording session. Instead of using a full band, Leka had engineer Warren Dewey splice together a drum track from one of DeCarlo's four singles and played keyboards himself. "I said we should put a chorus to it (to make it longer)," Leka told Fred Bronson in The Billboard Book of Number One Hits. "I started writing while I was sitting at the piano going 'na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na'... Everything was 'na na' when you didn't have a lyric." Someone else added "hey hey".
On page 87 of Uncle John's Fifth Bathroom Reader, the article titled One-Hit Wonders states that Gary DeCarlo recorded his first single for Mercury Records and was recording a throwaway "flip side"-something so bad, no DJ would accidentally play it as the "A" side. It was described as "an embarrassing record...an insult." Mercury Records decided it was great and planned to release it as a single. Nobody wanted to be identified with the record, so it was credited to "Steam".
"Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye" reached number one in the United States for two weeks, on December 6 and 13, 1969; it was Billboard's final multi-week #1 hit of the 1960s and also peaked at number twenty on the soul chart. By the beginning of the 21st century, sales of "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye" had exceeded 6.5 million records.
Covers and subsequent popularity
The original recording of "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye" has been released in many collections of oldies songs and re-recorded by other groups.
The Dave Clark Five released the song in October 1973 under the title "Sha Na Na Hey! Hey! (Kiss Him Goodbye)" (EMI 2082), but the single didn't chart.
In February 1983, UK girl group Bananarama released the song as a single off their album Deep Sea Skiving. This version became a top ten hit in the United Kingdom (#5), but only a minor hit in the US (Billboard #101) later that year.
In 1987, Canadian quartet The Nylons released an a cappella version of this song as a single under the shortened title "Kiss Him Goodbye". It became their biggest hit on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number twelve that summer. Reggae artist Majek Fashek sampled the chorus on the song "Free Africa, Free Mandela".
Uses in the media
Steam's version appears in a 2015 TV commercial for Sprint. The song is often used as a sports chant aimed toward a losing team, popularized in particular by stadium organist Nancy Faust at home games of baseball's Chicago White Sox. It is also chanted in WWE events whenever a performer or authority figure is fired. The song is used often in the 2000 movie Remember the Titans.
- UK & USA 7" vinyl single
UK: London Records NANA 4 / USA: London Records 810 115-7
- "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye" 3:22
- "Tell Tale Signs" 2:58
- UK 12" vinyl single
London Records NANX 4
- "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye" (Extended Version) 4:52
- "Na Na Hey Hey Na (Dub) Hey" 4:12
- "Tell Tale Signs" (Extended Version) 4:46
The music video features the band playing in a school playground and then being made to move by a group of lads. They then decide to join a boxing club so the video features them singing the song whilst boxing. By the end of the video they return to the playground wearing leathers and this time make the group of lads move away. They then ride off into the night on motorbikes.
- "Steam Biography". Pandora Internet Radio. Retrieved May 16, 2011.
- Bronson, Fred (2003). The Billboard Book of Number One Hits.
- Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942–2004. Record Research. p. 550.
- Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits (8th edition). Record Research. p. 464.
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