Out of Touch

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"Out of Touch"
Single by Hall & Oates
from the album Big Bam Boom
B-side "Cold, Dark and Yesterday"
Released October 4, 1984
Recorded 1984; Electric Lady Studios
(Greenwich Village, New York City)
Length 4:21 (album version)
3:55 (single version)
Label RCA
Hall & Oates singles chronology
"Adult Education"
"Out of Touch"
"Method of Modern Love"
Music sample
Music video
Out of Touch on YouTube

"Out of Touch" is a song by American duo Hall & Oates from their twelfth studio album Big Bam Boom (1984). The song was released as the lead single from Big Bam Boom on October 4, 1984, and it was their last Billboard Hot 100 number-one single, topping the chart for two weeks in December 1984. It also became the duo's fourteenth consecutive top 40 hit since 1980.[1]

The song often segued from "Dance on Your Knees", which is the opening song of the album. The music video also contains the "Dance on Your Knees" intro, which segues into an edit of the 12" remix version.

In popular culture[edit]

  • The song was featured on compilation CDs like Summer Hits 2005, Floorfillers Club Classics and Floorfillers 3, amongst others.
  • The song featured in the 2002 console game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City on the radio station Flash FM. It was also featured on Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Greatest Hits as the first song. It is the first song of the fourth volume of the original soundtrack. Another song from the duo, "Family Man", is featured on Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories; another one, "Maneater", is featured in Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City and "Adult Education" is featured in GTA V.
  • It was also used in the 2008 console game Saints Row 2 on the radio station The Mix 107.77.
  • The song was sampled in the 2011 Nero song "Reaching Out". Daryl Hall of Hall & Oates also provided additional vocals in the song.


Uniting Nations version[edit]

"Out of Touch"
Single by Uniting Nations
from the album One World
Released 21 November 2004
Recorded 2004
Genre Dance-pop
Length 2:47
Label Gusto
Uniting Nations singles chronology
"Out of Touch"
"You and Me"
Music video
"Out of Touch" on YouTube

"Out of Touch" was covered by Uniting Nations in 2004. Uniting Nations' version peaked at number seven on the UK Singles Chart and remained in the Top 75 for 21 weeks. The vocals on the recording were done by vocalist and session artist Jinian Wilde.

Music video[edit]

The music video for the song features actors Paul Spicer, Charleene Rena, Hayley-Marie Coppin, Sophie Lovell Anderson and an unnamed woman playing strip poker.

Track listing[edit]

The 12" vinyl included the tracks:

  1. (A1) "Out of Touch" (Extended Mix) – 6:16
  2. (A2) "Out of Touch" (Hardfaze Remix) – 7:55
  3. (B1) "Out of Touch" (Skylab Remix) – 7:03
  4. (B2) "Out of Touch" (Tyrell Remix) – 6:50

The enhanced (extended) CD single included the tracks:

  1. "Out of Touch" (Radio Mix) – 2:36
  2. "Out of Touch" (Extended Mix) – 6:15
  3. "Out of Touch" (Skylab Remix) – 7:03
  4. "Out of Touch" (Tyrrell Remix) – 6:50
  5. "Out of Touch" (The Vanden Plas Remix) – 7:20
  6. "Out of Touch" (Paul Roberts Remix) – 5:55
  7. "Out of Touch" (video)


Chart (2004–05) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[4] 41
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[5] 68
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[6] 23
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[7] 9
Germany (Official German Charts)[8] 27
Ireland (IRMA) 5
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[9] 9
Norway (VG-lista)[10] 8
Poland (Polish Airplay Charts)[11] 2
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[12] 8
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[13] 26
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[14] 74
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[15] 7

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Preceded by
"Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" by Wham!
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
December 8, 1984 – December 22, 1984
Succeeded by
"Like a Virgin" by Madonna
Preceded by
"I Feel for You" by Chaka Khan
Billboard Dance Club Songs number-one single
November 17, 1984 – November 24, 1984
Succeeded by
"Big in Japan" by Alphaville