People Have the Power
|"People Have the Power"|
|Single by Patti Smith|
|from the album Dream of Life|
|B-side||"Where Duty Calls",|
|Released||June 1, 1988|
|Recorded||The Hit Factory|
|Songwriter(s)||Patti Smith, Fred Smith|
|Producer(s)||Fred Smith, Jimmy Iovine|
|Patti Smith singles chronology|
"People Have the Power" is a rock song written by Patti Smith and Fred "Sonic" Smith, and released as a lead single from Patti Smith 1988 album Dream of Life. The cover photograph is by Robert Mapplethorpe. The music video is filmed mostly in black-and-white and features Patti Smith singing, writing and walking.
For most of U2's Innocence + Experience Tour, the group used "People Have the Power" as its entrance music. Smith herself joined them to close their show with the song at London's O2 Arena on October 29, 2015, as well as the December 6, 2015 show at Accorhotels Arena in Paris. On December 7, to close their show and the tour at Accorhotels Arena, U2 invited The Eagles of Death Metal to sing this song, for their first public live performance after the slaughter which occurred during their show at the Bataclan in Paris on November 13, 2015.
The song was used as intro music for the August 4, 2015 episode of Opie with Jim Norton. The song drew the ire of listeners, so two different covers were played to open the August 5 and August 6, 2015 shows..
|Mainstream Rock Tracks||19|
|UK Singles Chart||97|
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