Neighbourhood (song)

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"Neighbourhood"
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Single by Space
from the album Spiders
Released 25 March 1996
21 October 1996 (re-issue)
Format CD, 12"
Recorded 1995-1996
Genre Rock
Length 3:28
Label Gut Records
Writer(s) James Fagan, Franny Griffiths, Andy Parle, Tommy Scott
Producer(s) Stephen Lironi
Space singles chronology
"Money / Kill Me"
(1995)
"Me and You Versus the World"
(1996)
"Neighbourhood"
(1996)
"Neighbourhood (Re-issue)"
(1996)
"Female of the Species"
(1996)
"Dark Clouds"
(1997)
Alternative cover
Re-issue (CD)
Alternative cover
Re-issue (Remix CD)

"Neighbourhood" is a song by Space, written by band members Tommy Scott and Franny Griffiths, and released as the second single (though the band prefer it to be the first, as they consider "Money"/"Kill Me" to be a "test" release) from their debut album Spiders, and their third single altogether. It was originally released on 25 March 1996 and peaked at #56 in the UK charts,[1] but it was later re-released on 21 October that year, this time peaking at #11.[1] In Australia, "Neighbourhood" entered the ARIA top 100 singles chart on 9 February 1997 at #90, its peak.[2] "Neighbourhood" peaked at #22 in New Zealand in March 1997.[3]

The lyrics to "Neighbourhood" were partially inspired by frontman Tommy Scott's upbringing in the Liverpool housing estate Cantril Farm (which has since been reestablished as Stockbridge Village), yet it stays true to the band's twisted sense of humour by depicting a variety of somewhat warped personalities including a man who thinks he's Saddam Hussein, Mr Miller, a "local vicar and a serial killer," a "big butch queen" who's "bigger than Tyson and twice as mean," and others. The lyrical style has eighties dub reggae & sound system deejay influences.

In September 2004, "Neighbourhood" was used by the BBC in an ident for their short-lived series Fat Nation. The line "Who lives in a house like this?" is thought to be a reference to Through the Keyhole, another BBC programme. The song is also on the soundtrack from the 1997 movie "Shooting Fish".

Track listing[edit]

Initial release[edit]

  • CD:
  1. "Neighbourhood"
  2. "Turn Me On To Spiders"
  3. "Rejects"
  4. "Neighbourhood" (Live It! Club Mix)
  • '12:
  1. "Neighbourhood" (Live it! Club Mix)
  2. "Neighbourhood" (Live it! Instrumental Club Mix)
  3. "Neighbourhood" (Pissed Up Stomp Mix)
  4. "Neighbourhood"

Re-issue[edit]

  • CD:
  1. "Neighbourhood" (Radio Edit)
  2. "Only Half An Angel"
  3. "Crisis"
  4. "Shut Your Mouth"
  • Remix CD:
  1. "Neighbourhood" (Radio Edit)
  2. "Welcome To The Neighbourhood" (Remix by Franny Aspirin)
  3. "Nighthood" (Remix by Franny Aspirin)
  4. "Neighbourhood" (Pissed-Up Stomp Mix)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Official Charts > Space". The Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved 2015-10-03. 
  2. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing. 
  3. ^ "charts.org.nz > Space - Neighbourhood (song)". Hung Medien. Archived from the original on 2015-10-03. Retrieved 2015-10-03. 

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