No Angel (It's All in Your Mind)

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"No Angel (It's All in Your Mind)"
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Single by No Angels
from the album Pure
B-side "Venus"
Released April 22, 2003
Format
Recorded 2003
Studio Department Studios
(Frankfurt, Germany)
Genre
Length 3:14
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Perky Park
  • Nik Hafemann
No Angels singles chronology
"All Cried Out"
(2002)
"No Angel (It's All in Your Mind)"
(2003)
"Someday"
(2003)
"All Cried Out"
(2002)
"No Angel (It's All in Your Mind)"
(2003)
"Someday"
(2003)

"No Angel (It's All in Your Mind)" is a song recorded by German pop band No Angels. It was written by Pete Kirtley, Tim Hawes and Liz Winstanley for the group's third studio album Pure (2003), while production was helmed by Nik Hafemann. The mid-tempo pop track incorporates minor pop rock and soft rock elements; the song's instrumentation includes drums and guitars. Lyrically, it deals with picture-perfect illusions in a relationship. The group premiered the song at the Bravo Super Show on March 8, 2003.

The song was released as the album's lead single along with a cover version of Shocking Blue's "Venus" on April 22, 2003 in German-speaking Europe. It marked the group's first release without fifth band member Jessica Wahls following her break from the band due to maternity. Contemporary music citics gave the song a generally positive reception. Commercially, "No Angel (It's All in Your Mind)" was an instant success: It debuted at number-one on the German Singles Chart, the group's fourth single to do so. It also peaked at number ten in Austria and reached number seven on a composite European Hot 100 Singles chart.

Background[edit]

After band member Jessica Wahls' pregnancy break from the group after the end of the Four Seasons Tour, the remaining four members of the No Angels began intensifying work on their then-untitled third studio album. Encouraged to exercise more self-control on the longplayer after their critically acclaimed contribution to predecessor Now... Us!, the band took over responsibility in composing, recording and selecting songs to guarantee a more personal theme on the album — a step that challenged criticism and growing scepticism among the band's label Cheyenne Records and recording company Polydor.[1]"No Angel (It's All in Your Mind)" was written by Pete Kirtley and Tim Hawes from British production team Jiant along with songwriter Liz Winstanley.[2] Production was overseen by Perky Park and Nik Hafemann for Cheyenne Records.[2] Thomas Blug played the guitar, while mixing was handled by Park.[2] All vocals were recorded at the Weryton Studios in Munich, with Hafemann also serving as vocal producer and arranger.[2]

Release and reception[edit]

Selected as the album's leading single by the group's records company, physical singles of "No Angel (It's All in Your Mind)" were released on April 22, 2003 by Cheyenne Records.[2] The maxi single includes several remixes of the song, including a video mix and rock version, as well as two versions of the band's rendition of Dutch rock band Shocking Blue's 1969 song "Venus", written by Robbie van Leeuwen and produced by Thorsten Brötzmann.[2]

"No Angel (It's All in Your Mind)" peaked and debuted at number one in Germany.[3] It was their fourth number one single in Germany. Despite this, it fell six places in its second week to number seven. It lasted one more week in the top ten at number eight, before falling eleven places to number nineteen in its fourth week. It managed to last nine weeks in the top 75 meaning it spent the least time in the German singles chart alongside "Someday" out of any No Angels song from the years of 2001-2003.[3]

In Austria the song reached number ten, making it their sixth and final top ten single.[4] It lasted four weeks in the top twenty, and spent eleven weeks on the Austrian singles chart. In Switzerland, the song had a peak position of number forty-six.[4] As of September 2010, "No Angel (It's All in Your Mind)" is their third lowest charting single of all time in Switzerland after "Disappear" and "All Cried Out." It spent seven weeks on the Swiss singles chart. On Billboard's European Hot 100 Singles, the song peaked and debuted at number seven.[5]

Music video[edit]

Visuals in the music video for "No Angel" were inspired by Andy Warhol and his Silver Clouds works (pictured).

The video was directed and produced by German music video director Marcus Sternberg for Marcus Sternberg Filmproduktion.[6] Thomas Wedekind served as his assistant, with Rüdiger Schwarz acting as camera and boom operator.[6] Martin Lieckfeld was hired as lightning technician, while Volker Rehm was consulted as production designer.[6] Visuals in the video were inspired by Andy Warhol and his Silver Clouds works.

Filming took place in a warehouse-type building. Throughout the video, the No Angels are being filmed by topless men, with the exception of Nadja Benaissa who is filming a topless man. Each of the No Angels have their own scene in the music video: Sandy Mölling's is in a narrow hall with lights at either side of her, Vanessa Petruo in a tin foil covered room with a dangling light bulb, Ludmilla Diakovska's against a grey brick wall, and Benaissa's on a chair with one of the men dancing behind her. During the instrumental break, the quartet is seen throwing silver, inflatable cushions. Towards the end of the video, the No Angels are lined up in black clothes with microphones in front of them, and finish off with a basic dance routine.

Formats and track listings[edit]

  • CD maxi single[7]
  1. "No Angel (It's All in Your Mind)" (Radio Version) – 3:12
  2. "No Angel (It's All in Your Mind)" (Video Mix) – 3:23
  3. "No Angel (It's All in Your Mind)" (Rock Version) – 3:14
  4. "Venus" (Main Version) – 2:53
  5. "Venus" (House Version) – 3:00

Credits and personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Pure.[2]

Charts[edit]

Preceded by
"You Drive Me Crazy" by Daniel Küblböck
German number-one single
May 5, 2003 - May 11, 2003
Succeeded by
"In da Club" by 50 Cent

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Band biography". Star Channel. Retrieved 2007-12-29. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Pure (Media notes). No Angels. Polydor Records. 2003. 
  3. ^ a b "Chartverfolgung / No Angels / Single" (in German). musicline.de PhonoNet. Retrieved 2010-09-02. 
  4. ^ a b "No Angel (It's All In Your Mind) > Chart positions" (in German). austriancharts.at Hung Medien. Retrieved 2010-07-27. 
  5. ^ a b "Euro Chart Gets 'American' Infusion". billboard.biz. Retrieved 2010-09-05. 
  6. ^ a b c "No Angels - No Angel (It's All In Your Mind) (2003)". Crew-United.de. Retrieved 2017-04-15. 
  7. ^ "No Angel (It's All in Your Mind)" (in German). Musicload. Deutsche Telekom AG. 2002-08-12. Retrieved 2013-09-10. 
  8. ^ "Austriancharts.at – No Angels – No Angel (It's All in Your Mind)" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved 2012-05-27.
  9. ^ "Musicline.de – No Angels Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH. Retrieved 2012-05-27.
  10. ^ "Swisscharts.com – No Angels – No Angel (It's All in Your Mind)". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved 2012-05-27.
  11. ^ "Top 100 Singles-Jahrescharts (2003)". Offiziellecharts.de. Retrieved 2015-11-22. 

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