Pale Movie

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"Pale Movie"
Pale Movie.jpg
Single by Saint Etienne
from the album Tiger Bay
B-side "Highgate Road Incident"
Released February 1994 (1994-02)
Format 7", 12" vinyl, MC, CD
Recorded 1993-1994
Genre Folk, Eurodance
Length 3:51
Label Heavenly - HVN 37
Songwriter(s) Stanley/Wiggs
Producer(s) Saint Etienne
Saint Etienne singles chronology
"Xmas 93"
"Pale Movie"
"Like a Motorway"

"Xmas 93"
"Pale Movie"
"Like a Motorway"

"Pale Movie" is a song by British pop group Saint Etienne from the album Tiger Bay. It was released as a single in February 1994[1], and reached #28 in the UK Singles Charts. It also became a hit in other countries, reaching number 1 in Lebanon[citation needed] and number 24 in Iceland[2].

In common with the folk music theme of the Tiger Bay album, "Pale Movie" combines a Eurodance beat with Spanish folk-style guitars. The lyrics use surreal imagery to describe a man's love for a mysterious woman. Although the title is not sung, some of the words refer to cinema: "In the bed where they make love / She's in a film on the sheets. / He shows dreams like a movie, / She's the softness of cinema seats." Other lines are stranger: "her skin as white as the milk, / Just like a Sherpa Tenzing / under a Manila silk."

In an interview with Melody Maker magazine, keyboard player Pete Wiggs said that he considers the song "potentially brilliant" but "a bit of a failure"; he feels that the band "stuck too rigidly to our folk idea". He also adds that they only chose Spanish guitar so that they could go to Spain for the video [1] (the video for the song features the band riding around the countryside of Nerja,[citation needed] Spain on scooters).

The cover art for the single features photographs of swimming tigers, presumably in reference to the album title.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written and composed by Stanley and Wiggs.

7": Heavenly / HVN 37 (UK)[edit]

  1. "Pale Movie" - 3:51
  2. "Highgate Road Incident" - 2:06
  • also available on MC (HVN 37 C)

12": Heavenly / HVN 37 12 (UK)[edit]

  1. "Pale Movie" - 3:51
  2. "Pale Movie" (stentorian dub)- 6:46
  3. "Pale Movie" (secret knowledge trouser assassin mix)- 10:16
  4. "Pale Movie" (lemonentry mix) - 4:05
  • also available on CD (HVN 37 CD)


Chart (1993) Peak
Europe (Eurochart Hot 100)[3] 83
Iceland (Íslenski Listinn Topp 40) 24
Lebanon 1
UK Singles (Official Charts Company) 28


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  2. ^ "Íslenski Listinn Topp 40 (28.04.1994-04.05.1994)" (PDF). Dagblaðið Vísir - Tónlist. Retrieved 2018-03-13.
  3. ^ "Eurochart Hot 100 Singles" (PDF). Music & Media. February 26, 1994. Retrieved March 29, 2018.