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"
Released November 1969
Format 7" single
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
Producer(s) Paul Leka
Steam singles chronology
"Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye"
(1969)
"I've Gotta Make You Love Me"
(1970)
"Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye"
Single by Bananarama
from the album Deep Sea Skiving
B-side "Tell Tale Signs"
Released February 1983
Format 7" single, 12" single
Recorded 1982
Genre New wave
Length 3:30
Label London Records
Writer(s) Gary DeCarlo, Dale Frashuer, Paul Leka
Producer(s) Jolley & Swain
Bananarama singles chronology
"He's Got Tact"
(1982)
"Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye"
(1983)
"Cruel Summer"
(1983)

"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.[1] 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.

Original version[edit]

Paul Leka, Gary DeCarlo and Dale Frashuer wrote a blues shuffle version of the song in the early 1960s when they were members of a do-wop group from Bridgeport, Connecticut, called The Glenwoods, The Citations,and the Chateaus, of which Paul was the piano player. The group disbanded when Paul talked Dale Frashuer into going into New York City with him to write and possibly produce . In 1968, DeCarlo recorded four sides equal to two records 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-sides singles. In need of a B-side, Leka and DeCarlo resurrected an old song from their days as the Glenwoods, "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."Gary added "hey hey".[2]

"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.[3] By the beginning of the 21st century, sales of "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye" had exceeded 6.5 million records. The group that is seen on the album cover and in the old black and white video was a road group that had nothing to do with the recording at all, as was stated earlier it was a drum loop from one of Gary's four sides and there was no guitar or bass on then recording. The road group was lip syncing to Gary's vocal in the video.

Covers and subsequent popularity[edit]

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 Supremes included a cover of the song on their 1970 album New Ways but Love Stays.

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.[citation needed]

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.[4] Reggae artist Majek Fashek sampled the chorus on the song "Free Africa, Free Mandela".

In 2009, Kristinia DeBarge heavily sampled "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye" in her debut single "Goodbye." The song would eventually reach the top 20 of the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at #15.

Uses in the media[edit]

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. On MTV's game show, Remote Control (game show), which was on the air from 1987 to 1990, the audience would often sing this song as a losing contestant was removed from the set.

Bananarama[edit]

This was the fifth single released from their first album in 1983. It peaked at number five in the UK singles chart.

Track listing[edit]

UK & USA 7" vinyl single

UK: London Records NANA 4 / USA: London Records 810 115-7

  1. "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye" 3:22
  2. "Tell Tale Signs" 2:58
UK 12" vinyl single

London Records NANX 4

  1. "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye" (Extended Version) 4:52
  2. "Na Na Hey Hey Na (Dub) Hey" 4:12
  3. "Tell Tale Signs" (Extended Version) 4:46

Music video[edit]

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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Steam Biography". Pandora Internet Radio. Retrieved May 16, 2011. 
  2. ^ Bronson, Fred (2003). The Billboard Book of Number One Hits. 
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942–2004. Record Research. p. 550. 
  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits (8th edition). Record Research. p. 464. 

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Preceded by
"Something / Come Together"
by The Beatles
Billboard Hot 100 number one single
December 6, 1969 (two weeks)
Succeeded by
"Leaving on a Jet Plane"
by Peter, Paul, and Mary