Senses Working Overtime
|"Senses Working Overtime"|
|Single by XTC|
|from the album English Settlement|
|Studio||The Manor, Shipton-on-Cherwell, Oxfordshire, England|
|Length||4:34 (single edit)|
4:53 (album version)
|Producer(s)||Hugh Padgham, XTC|
|XTC singles chronology|
"Senses Working Overtime" is a song written by Andy Partridge of the English rock band XTC, released as the lead single from their 1982 album English Settlement. He based the song on Manfred Mann's "5-4-3-2-1" (1964). The album and single became the highest-charting records XTC would ever have in the UK, peaking at number five and number 10, respectively.
At the suggestion of its director, the song's music video was filmed at half-speed and then slowed down. Partridge recalled: "That one was done really quickly, in Shepperton Studios while we were rehearsing for the English Settlement tour. And so that's us rehearsing. ... [The half-speed idea has] been used a hell of a lot since then, but I think we were the first ones to do it."
- "Senses Working Overtime" (Andy Partridge)
- "Blame the Weather" (Colin Moulding)
- "Tissue Tigers (The Arguers)" (Partridge)
On the 12" release, "Egyptian Solution (Thebes in a Box) (Homo Safari #3)" (Partridge) was added to the A-side as track 2; the B-side comprised "Blame the Weather" and "Tissue Tigers" on both 7" and 12".
- Terry Chambers – drums, drum synthesiser
- Dave Gregory – electric 12–string guitar, percussion
- Colin Moulding – fretless bass, backing vocals
- Andy Partridge – lead and backing vocals, acoustic guitar
|Australia (Kent Music Report)||12|
|UK Singles (Official Charts Company)||10|
Mandy Moore version
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|"Senses Working Overtime"|
|Single by Mandy Moore|
|from the album Coverage|
|Released||17 January 2004|
|Mandy Moore singles chronology|
"Senses Working Overtime" was the second official single released from Moore's fourth studio album Coverage. It was only released in the United States as a digital single and is a live version from the Sessions@AOL performance. In 2004, the label included "Senses Working Overtime" in the first compilation of Mandy Moore, The Best of Mandy Moore. Later, in 2007, included the single in the deluxe edition of the second artist compilation album, Super Hits.
Although Moore performed this song live on Sessions@AOL, the video was not used to promote the song. The video is available on Moore's DVD The Best of Mandy Moore.
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