People Are Still Having Sex

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"People Are Still Having Sex"
People Are Still Having Sex.jpg
Single by LaTour
from the album LaTour
Released April 16, 1991
Format 7", 12", CD single, cassette single
Genre Techno
Length Radio Edit-4:08/Original Edit-5:31
Label Smash Records/Polydor
Writer(s) William LaTour
Producer(s) William LaTour
LaTour singles chronology
"People Are Still Having Sex"

"People Are Still Having Sex" is a song written and recorded by American musician LaTour. It was released in April 1991 as the first single from his self-titled debut album LaTour (1991). The song reached number one on both the U.S. and Canadian dance charts. It also peaked at number 35 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 15 in the United Kingdom.


The song features a monologue expounding the narrator's observations that "people everywhere" are "still having sex;" no matter how authority figures such as parents and counselors try, and despite the risk posed by AIDS,[1] "nothing seems to stop them." In the album edit of the song, the lyrics were originally written as "This AIDS thing's not working". It was changed to "This safe thing's not working" for radio airplay.

The song is built around an instrumental background and also includes a male voice speaking various lines. An audio sample of a woman saying "Hello, lover" is taken from the 1987 horror film Evil Dead II.

Music video[edit]

The song features animation and features various animated backgrounds, some of which relate to the song's topic. The video was conceived by H-Gun, creator of early videos by Nine Inch Nails and Ministry. LaTour's live face is seen at the left of the screen during his speaking parts, while animation occupies the rest of the screen.

The video of the song was featured on the animated MTV series Beavis and Butt-head, on the episode "Temporary Insanity", which aired on December 10, 1994.

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1991) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[2] 17
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[3] 21
Canada (RPM)[4] 73
Canada Dance (RPM)[5] 1
Germany (Official German Charts)[6] 26
Ireland (IRMA)[7] 21
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[8] 30
United Kingdom (The Official Charts Company)[9] 15
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[10] 35
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play[10] 1
Preceded by
"Strike It Up" by Black Box
Billboard Hot Dance Club Play number-one single
May 11, 1991 - May 18, 1991 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Gypsy Woman (She's Homeless)" by Crystal Waters
Preceded by
"Strike It Up" by Black Box
Canadian RPM Dance chart number-one single
June 29, 1991 - July 6, 1991 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Gypsy Woman (She's Homeless)" by Crystal Waters

Real McCoy cover[edit]

"People Are Still Having Sex"
People Are Still Having Sex Real McCoy.jpeg
Single by Real McCoy
Released 2007
Format CD Maxi
Genre Electronic, Pop
Length 3:19
Label Phears
Writer(s) William LaTour
Producer(s) Daniel Peter & O-Jay
Real McCoy singles chronology
"Follow My Heart"
"People Are Still Having Sex"

In 2007, German Eurodance group, Real McCoy released a version of the song. Produced by Daniel Peter & O-Jay. It did not chart.

Track listing[edit]

CD Maxi Single[11]

  1. "People Are Still Having Sex" Radio Cut (3:19)
  2. "People Are Still Having Sex" Instrumental (3:18)
  3. "People Are Still Having Sex" LaLa´s Sunshine Remix (6:26)