People Hold On

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"People Hold On"
People Hold On 1989.jpg
Standard artwork; one of North American editions uses the white colour for the text
Single by Coldcut featuring Lisa Stansfield
from the album What's That Noise?
Released13 March 1989
Format
Recorded1989
Genre
Length3:58
LabelAhead of Our Time
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Coldcut
Alternative cover art(s)
UK/European 12-inch vinyl release of The Blaze Mix
UK/European 12-inch vinyl release of The Blaze Mix
Alternative cover
US limited edition 12-inch vinyl release of The Remixes
US limited edition 12-inch vinyl release of The Remixes
Coldcut singles chronology
"Stop This Crazy Thing"
(1988)
"People Hold On"
(1989)
"My Telephone"
(1989)
Lisa Stansfield singles chronology
"Jackie"
(1988)
"People Hold On"
(1989)
"My Telephone"
(1989)
Music video
"People Hold On" on YouTube

"People Hold On" is a song recorded by British band Coldcut and singer Lisa Stansfield, released as the first single from Coldcut's debut album, What's That Noise? (1989). It was written by Matt Black, Jonathan More and Stansfield, and produced by Coldcut.

The song received positive reviews from music critics and became a commercial success. It was released as a single on 13 March 1989 and reached number eleven on the UK Singles Chart and number six on the US Billboard's Hot Dance Club Songs. The song was remixed by Blaze, Juan Atkins, Dimitri from Paris, Mark Saunders, Eric Kupper, Tyrone Perkins and Masters At Work. An accompanying music video directed by Big TV! was also released.

In 2003, "People Hold On" was included on Stansfield's compilation, Biography: The Greatest Hits. In 2006, Casuals Remix by Ceri Evans was included on Coldcut's album, Sound Mirrors (Videos & Remixes). In 2014, Full Length Disco Mix of "People Hold On" was included on Stansfield's People Hold On ... The Remix Anthology (also on The Collection 1989–2003).

Critical reception[edit]

Music & Media wrote about the song: "An effective mixture of Stansfield's soul voice and a rare groove/house backing. Great dance track with a strong melody."[2]

Mixmag ranked the song as one of the 20 best songs in their The 20 best diva house tracks list in 2019, adding:

Track listings[edit]

Australian/European 7" single

  1. "People Hold On" – 3:58
  2. "Yes, Yes, Yes" – 3:33

Australian/European CD single

  1. "People Hold On" – 3:58
  2. "People Hold On" (Full Length Disco Mix) – 9:24
  3. "Yes, Yes, Yes" – 5:40

Australian/European 12" single

  1. "People Hold On" (Full Length Disco Mix) – 9:24
  2. "Yes, Yes, Yes" (Hedmaster Mix) – 5:40

European 12" single (The Blaze Mix)

  1. "People Hold On" (New Jersey Jazz Mix) – 8:49
  2. "People Hold On" (Speng Mix) – 6:34
  3. "People Hold On" (A Capella) – 2:08
  4. "Yes, Yes, Yes" – 5:40

European promotional 12" single

  1. "People Hold On" (Full Length Disco Mix) – 9:24
  2. "People Hold On" (Magic Juan's Dub Mix)
  3. "People Hold On" (A Capella) – 2:08

European promotional 12" single

  1. "People Hold On" (New Jersey Jazz Mix) – 8:49
  2. "People Hold On" (Dimitri Remix) – 6:45

US 12" single

  1. "People Hold On" (Full Length Disco Mix) – 9:24
  2. "People Hold On" (Speng Mix) – 6:34
  3. "People Hold On" (Radio Mix) – 3:58
  4. "People Hold On" (New Jersey Jazz Mix) – 8:49
  5. "People Hold On" (A Capella) – 2:08

US 12" single (Limited Edition)

  1. "People Hold On" (NYC Club Mix) – 7:58
  2. "People Hold On" (Dirty Piano Mix) – 5:33
  3. "People Hold On" (Perk-Appella Mix) – 6:21
  4. "People Hold On" (Radio Mix) – 3:58
  5. "People Hold On" (NYC Club Edit) – 4:33
  6. "People Hold On" (R.E.T.T. Dub) – 8:07

US 12" single (Masters At Work Mixes)

  1. "People Hold On" (MAW Mix 1)
  2. "People Hold On" (MAW Mix 2)
  3. "People Hold On" (MAW Mix 3)
  4. "People Hold On" (MAW Mix 4)

2006 UK 12" promotional single

  1. "People Hold On" (Casuals Remix) – 4:32
  2. "People Hold On" (Ricey Remix) – 5:57

Charts[edit]

Chart (1989) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[4] 78
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[5] 32
Europe (European Hot 100 Singles)[6] 26
France (SNEP)[7] 45
Germany (Official German Charts)[8] 24
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[9] 37
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[10] 38
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[11] 11
US Dance Club Songs (Billboard)[12] 6

"People Hold On" (The Bootleg Mixes)[edit]

"People Hold On (The Bootleg Mixes)"
People Hold On Remix by Lisa Stansfield.jpg
Single by Lisa Stansfield vs The Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
from the album Lisa Stansfield
Released6 January 1997 (1997-01-06)
FormatCD single, cassette single, 7" single, 12" single
Recorded1996
GenreDance
Length3:42
LabelArista
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)The Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Lisa Stansfield singles chronology
"Dream Away"
(1994)
""People Hold On" (The Bootleg Mixes)"
(1997)
"The Real Thing"
(1997)
Music video
"People Hold On" (The Bootleg Mixes) on YouTube

In late 1996, "People Hold On" was remixed by British producers Dan Bewick and Matt Frost who called themselves The Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. The CD single with these Bootleg Mixes was released on 6 January 1997 and charted higher than the original version of the song in 1989. It peaked at number four on the UK Singles Chart and topped the UK Dance Singles Chart[13] and Billboard's Hot Dance Club Songs. The Dirty Rotten Scoundrels took their cue from Armand Van Helden's radical reworking of Tori Amos' "Professional Widow."

Because of this success, "People Hold On" (Bootleg Mix) was included on Lisa Stansfield's eponymous album (1997) as a bonus track. The music video, directed by Max Abbiss-Biro, does not include any new footage of Stansfield but uses small fragments taken from "Change" and "Someday (I'm Coming Back)" videos.

Later, "People Hold On" (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels Mix) was also featured on The Remix Album (1998) and a limited edition of Biography: The Greatest Hits (2003). On 24 October 2006, Dance Vault Mixes of "People Hold On" were released digitally. In 2014, Jon Is the Don Mix of "People Hold On" was included on the deluxe 2CD + DVD re-release of Lisa Stansfield (also on The Collection 1989–2003).

Track listings[edit]

European CD single

  1. "People Hold On" (Dirty Radio Mix) – 3:42
  2. "People Hold On" (Jon Is the Don Mix) – 8:09

Australian/European CD maxi single

  1. "People Hold On" (Dirty Radio Mix) – 3:42
  2. "People Hold On" (Original 7" Version) – 3:58
  3. "People Hold On" (Jon Is the Don Mix) – 8:09
  4. "People Hold On" (Monjack Dub) – 7:59
  5. "People Hold On" (Full Length Disco Mix) – 9:21

European 12" single

  1. "People Hold On" (Jon Is the Don Mix) – 8:09
  2. "People Hold On" (Original 7" Version) – 3:58
  3. "People Hold On" (Monjack Dub) – 7:59
  4. "People Hold On" (Full Length Disco Mix) – 9:21

2006 US digital Dance Vault Mixes

  1. "People Hold On" (Dirty Radio Mix) – 3:42
  2. "People Hold On" (Original 7" Version) – 3:58
  3. "People Hold On" (Jon Is the Don Mix) – 8:09
  4. "People Hold On" (Monjack Dub) – 7:59
  5. "People Hold On" (Full Length Disco Mix) – 9:21

Other remixes[edit]

  1. "People Hold On" (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels Mix) – 6:11

Charts[edit]

Cover and sampled versions[edit]

Manix sampled the song in their track "Living in the Past" from the album of the same name, which was released in 2013.[26]

Appearances in other media[edit]

The song appears in the video game Grand Theft Auto IV on the radio station Vice City FM.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Previews: Singles" (PDF). Music & Media. 1 April 1989. Retrieved 26 March 2018.
  3. ^ "The 20 best diva house tracks". Mixmag. Retrieved 16 September 2019.
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  12. ^ "Coldcut Chart History (Dance Club Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 20 May 2015.
  13. ^ https://www.officialcharts.com/charts/dance-singles-chart/19970112/104/
  14. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988-2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing.
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  16. ^ "Dance/Urban - Volume 65, No. 10, May 12 1997". RPM. Retrieved 20 May 2015.
  17. ^ "The Eurochart Hot 100 Singles". Music & Media. 25 January 1997. Archived from the original on 11 March 2005. Retrieved 20 May 2015.
  18. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – People Hold On". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 20 May 2015.
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  20. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 20 May 2015.
  21. ^ Fernando Salaverri (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2.
  22. ^ "Lisa Stansfield: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 20 May 2015.
  23. ^ "Lisa Stansfield Chart History (Dance Club Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 20 May 2015.
  24. ^ "Official Singles Chart 1993". Retrieved 20 May 2015.
  25. ^ The Year in Music. Billboard. 1997-12-27 - 1998-01-03. Retrieved 20 May 2015. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help); Check date values in: |date= (help)
  26. ^ Manix, "Living In The Past" from WhoSampled