Only the Lonely (T'Pau song)

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"Only the Lonely"
Single by T'Pau
from the album Rage
B-side "Between The Lines"
Released 1989
Format 7" single, 12" single, CD single
Genre Pop rock
Length 4:02
Label Siren Records, Virgin Records
Songwriter(s) Ronnie Rogers; Carol Decker
Producer(s) Roy Thomas Baker
T'Pau singles chronology
"Road to Our Dream"
"Only the Lonely"
"Whenever You Need Me"
"Road to Our Dream"
"Only the Lonely"
"Whenever You Need Me"

"Only the Lonely" is the first and only single of 1989 from the British band T'Pau.

The single was the third and final single from the band's second album "Rage". This single would also be the band's last until 1991's "Whenever You Need Me".

"Only the Lonely" peaked at #28 in the UK, remaining within the Top 100 for six weeks, becoming the band's second to last top #40 single.[1]

A promotional video was created for the single.[2] T'Pau also performing the song on a number of UK TV shows including the Saturday Morning UK TV show Going Live,[3] Top of the Pops,[4] WMV,[5] Daytime Live[6] and The Hippodrome Show.[7]

A limited edition gatefold 7" vinyl single was also released which included an exclusive booklet.[8][9]

"Only the Lonely" was written by rhythm guitarist Ronnie Rogers and lead vocalist Carol Decker.[10]

The b-side for the single, "Between the Lines", appeared on the "Rage" album and was written by Rogers, Decker, keyboardist Michael Chetwood, bassist Paul Jackson, lead guitarist Dean Howard and drummer Tim Burgess.[11]

For the single, a remix of "Only the Lonely" was used instead of the album version, titled "Only the Lonely (Guitar Remix)". For the 12" and CD formats of the single, another remix titled "Only the Lonely (Nightmare Mix)" was added as well as bonus track titled "Downtown (Live)" which featured vocals from Rogers and was recorded live at Oxford.[12] "Downtown" was originally recorded in 1964 by Petula Clark, originally written and produced by Tony Hatch.


7" Single
  1. "Only the Lonely (Guitar Remix)" - 4:02
  2. "Between the Lines" - 3:35
12" Single
  1. "Only the Lonely (Nightmare Mix)" - 8:00
  2. "Only the Lonely (Guitar Remix)" - 4:02
  3. "Downtown (Live)" - 3:35
CD Single
  1. "Only the Lonely (Guitar Remix)" - 4:03
  2. "Only the Lonely (Nightmare Mix)" - 8:01
  3. "Between the Lines" - 3:35
  4. "Downtown (Live)" - 3:37

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1989) Peak
Irish Singles Chart[13] 22
UK Singles Chart[1] 28


  • Carol Decker - lead vocal
  • Dean Howard - lead guitar
  • Ronnie Rogers – rhythm guitar
  • Michael Chetwood - keyboard
  • Paul Jackson - bass guitar
  • Tim Burgess – percussion

Additional personnel[edit]

  • Producer on "Only the Lonely" - Roy Thomas Baker
  • Additional production on "Only the Lonely" - Gary Langan, T'Pau
  • Mixer on "Only the Lonely" - Roy Thomas Baker
  • Remixer on "Only the Lonely" - Gary Langan
  • Writers of "Only the Lonely" - Ronnie Rogers; Carol Decker
  • Producers on "Between the Lines" - Carol Decker; Ronnie Rogers; Tim Burgess
  • Mixers on "Between the Lines" - Roy Thomas Baker, Stephen W. Tayler, T'Pau
  • Writers of "Between the Lines" - T'Pau
  • Producers on "Downtown (Live)" - T'Pau; Gary Langan
  • Mixers on "Downtown (Live)" - T'Pau; Gary Langan
  • Lead vocals on "Downtown" - Ronnie Rogers
  • Writers of "Downtown" - Tony Hatch
  • Photography – Sheila Rock
  • Sleeve design artwork – Mark Millington


  1. ^ a b "T'PAU | full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company". Retrieved 2016-11-09. 
  2. ^ "T'pau - Only The Lonely". YouTube. 2007-07-21. Retrieved 2012-06-23. 
  3. ^ "T'pau - Only The Lonely". YouTube. 2010-06-03. Retrieved 2012-06-23. 
  4. ^ "T'pau - Only The Lonely". YouTube. 2010-05-15. Retrieved 2012-06-23. 
  5. ^ "T'pau - Only The Lonely". YouTube. Retrieved 2012-06-23. 
  6. ^ "T'pau - Only The Lonely". YouTube. Retrieved 2012-06-23. 
  7. ^ "T'pau - Only The Lonely". YouTube. Retrieved 2012-06-23. 
  8. ^ [1][dead link]
  9. ^ "T'Pau - Only The Lonely (Vinyl) at Discogs". Retrieved 2012-06-23. 
  10. ^ "T'Pau - Only The Lonely at Discogs". Retrieved 2012-06-23. 
  11. ^ [2][dead link]
  12. ^ "T'Pau - Only The Lonely (Vinyl) at Discogs". Retrieved 2012-06-23. 
  13. ^ Jaclyn Ward. "The Irish Charts - All there is to know". Retrieved 2012-06-23. 

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