New Song (Howard Jones song)

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"New Song"
Howard Jones New Song single cover.jpg
Seven-inch sleeve
Single by Howard Jones
from the album Human's Lib
Released17 September 1983 (1983-09-17)
GenreSynthpop, new wave[1]
Songwriter(s)Howard Jones
Producer(s)Colin Thurston
Howard Jones singles chronology
"New Song"
"What Is Love?"

"New Song" is the debut single by musician Howard Jones, released in September 1983. The single reached number three on the UK Singles Chart.[2] The single spent 20 weeks on the Top 75. In the US, "New Song" peaked at #27 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart,[3] although it was not released there until early 1984. The track later appeared on Jones' debut album Human's Lib,

The single's B-side was titled "Change the Man". The twelve-inch single featured an extended version of "New Song" together with "Change the Man" and the original studio version of "Conditioning", which would be re-recorded for Human's Lib. "New Song" itself was later re-recorded for The 12" Album, in a version denoted "New Version". This featured a lot of multi-layered piano, in contrast to the austere synthesizer sound of the original seven and twelve-inch versions.

Equipment used for the song includes a Roland Juno-60 synthesizer, Moog Memorymoog synthesizer, and an EMU Drumulator drum machine.[4]

On the UK seven-inch single, the song's lyric is printed in a spiral on the A-side label, with all the credits printed on the B-side.

DJ Mike Read refused to play "New Song", suggesting it was too similar to the song "Solsbury Hill" by Peter Gabriel.[5]

Music video[edit]

The video opens at a food processing plant, where Jones works as a caretaker. As the owner arrives on the site, Jones strips off his uniform overalls and begins to sing to the other workers. One of them, a man wearing black/white face paint[6] removes his overalls and begins to dance through the plant. As the owner begins to mop the floor, Jones, the dancer, and several employees pile into his luxury car and drive off. Jones and the dancer next visit an Underground station (specifically Holborn Station) to perform for the patrons, then visit a window cleaner and get him to take a break from his work. Finally, the two arrive at a school and interrupt a class of unruly students, who follow them outside to play on the lawn, followed by their teacher.

Track listing[edit]

7" vinyl (UK)
  1. "New Song" (Jones) – 4:16
  2. "Change the Man" (Jones) – 4:30
7" vinyl (US)
  1. "New Song" (Jones) – 4:16
  2. "Conditioning" (Jones/Bryant) – 4:02
12" vinyl
  1. "New Song" (Extended Mix) (Jones) – 5:21
  2. "Change the Man" (Jones) – 4:30
  3. "Conditioning" (Jones/Bryant) – 4:55

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1983) Peak
UK Singles Chart[2] 3
Australia (Kent Music Report)[7] 60
Irish Singles Chart[8] 3
Chart (1984) Peak
Swedish Singles Chart[9] 10
Swiss Singles Chart[10] 15
US Billboard Hot 100[3] 27


  1. ^ "Howard Jones goes it alone, revealing how 'New Song' and other hits were created". 1 February 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Chart Stats – Howard Jones – New Song". Retrieved 8 August 2009.
  3. ^ a b "Howard Jones > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles". allmusic. Retrieved 8 August 2009.
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  5. ^ Easlea, Daryl. Without Frontiers: The Life & Music of Peter Gabriel. Omnibus Press.
  6. ^ Mime artist and regular live/video collaborator Jed Hoile.
  7. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (Illustrated ed.). St. Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 161. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. N.B. the Kent Report chart was licensed by ARIA between mid 1983 and 19 June 1988.
  8. ^ " search results". Retrieved 8 August 2009.
  9. ^ " – Howard Jones – New Song". Retrieved 8 August 2009.
  10. ^ "Howard Jones – New Song –" (in German). Retrieved 8 August 2009.

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