Situation (song)

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"Situation"
YazooSituation.jpg
Single by Yazoo
from the album Upstairs at Eric's
A-side "Only You"
B-side Remix (12")
Released 1982
Format
Recorded 1981
Genre Synth-pop[1]
Length
  • 2:22 (UK B-side)
  • 3:44 (US 7" single)
  • 5:40 (US 12" single)
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Yazoo singles chronology
"Don't Go"
(1982)
"Situation"
(1982)
"The Other Side of Love"
(1982)

"Don't Go"
(1982)
"Only You/Situation"
(1982)
"The Other Side of Love"
(1982)

"Situation" is a 1982 single by British synth-pop band Yazoo. The song was originally released in the UK as the B-side to Yazoo's debut single, "Only You", which went to number 2 on the UK Singles Chart. Released as a single in North America, the song peaked at number 73 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the US, and hit the top 40 in Canada, peaking at number 31. In late summer 1982 it became Yazoo's first song to top the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart, remaining at number one on this chart for four weeks. It also crossed over to the Black Singles chart, peaking at number 31.

The song features a synthesizer hook by Vince Clarke (similar to the work he had done with his previous band, Depeche Mode), combined with the vocals of Alison Moyet. The song, and particularly Moyet's laughter heard in the introduction, has since been sampled in countless other songs, including the international novelty dance hit "Macarena".[2]

Its most famous version is the American 12-inch remix by François Kevorkian. This version was included on the US version of Yazoo's album Upstairs at Eric's and is the version of the song which receives the most radio airplay in the United States (where the song, despite its modest showing on the Hot 100, is still played on alternative, variety-hits and dance-oriented radio stations).

In 1990, and again in 1999, the song was remixed by various noted DJs, including Peter Rauhofer and Richard "Humpty" Vission. The 1999 remixes were released to dance clubs. In October of that same year, this renewed interest in the song sent "Situation" to number 1 on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart for a second time.

In 2006, Slant Magazine ranked the song at number 64 in their list of the "100 Greatest Dance Songs".[3]

Versions[edit]

The original version's first chorus does not have the response lyrics. The 7" version skips to the verses before the first chorus with response lyrics.

Track listings[edit]

Accolades[edit]

Year Publisher Country Accolade Rank
1982 The Village Voice United States "Singles of the Year" (26)[4] 20
2005 Blender United States "Top 500 Songs of the 80s-00s"[5] 417
2006 Slant Magazine United States "100 Greatest Dance Songs"[3] 64
2011 Robert Dimery United Kingdom "1001 Songs You Must Hear Before You Die"[6] *
2011 Treble United States "Top 200 Songs of the '80s"[7] 168

(*) indicates the list is unordered.

Charts[edit]

Cover versions[edit]

It was covered by Welsh singer Tom Jones in 1994 on his album, The Lead and How To Swing It.

Sampling[edit]

The song has been sampled numerous times for its synthesized beat. Among the artists who have sampled "Situation" are:

Other uses[edit]

The song has been featured on various 1980s compilation albums as well as appearing in a commercial for Classic NES Series.

It was featured in the films The Rules of Attraction, Pride and in TurboTax's 2014 commercial for Super Bowl XLVIII.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "On Stage > Alison Moyet – Old Vic Theater, London". Billboard. Vol. 114 no. 51. 21 December 2002. p. 37. ISSN 0006-2510. Situation," followed by "Don't Go," two synth-pop dance jams from the singer's Yazoo days that, sadly, sounded out of place 
  2. ^ "Los Del Rio's Macarena (Bayside Boys Remix) sample of Yazoo's Situation". WhoSampled. Retrieved 20 January 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Slant Staff (30 January 2006). "100 Greatest Dance Songs". Slant Magazine. Retrieved 27 March 2014. 
  4. ^ "Village Voice - Pazz & Jop Lists > Singles - 1982". The Village Voice. Rocklist.net. Retrieved 27 March 2014. 
  5. ^ Old Forums (4 April 2012). "Blender (USA) - Top 500 Songs of the 80s-00s (2005)". Blender. Acclaimed Music. Retrieved 27 March 2014. 
  6. ^ Dimery, Robert (2011). 1001 Songs You Must Hear Before You Die. Octopus Publishing Group. ISBN 978-1-8440-3717-9. 
  7. ^ Strain, Anthony (13 February 2011). "The Top 200 Songs of the '80s: Part One". Treble. Retrieved 27 March 2014. 
  8. ^ "Ultratop.be – Yazoo – Situation" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 19 July 2013.
  9. ^ "Radio2 Top 30 : 4 december 1982" (in Dutch). Top 30. Retrieved 25 July 2013. 
  10. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 6168." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 19 July 2013.
  11. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Yazoo - Situation" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40. Retrieved 19 July 2013.
  12. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Yazoo – Situation" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 19 July 2013.
  13. ^ a b c d e f g "Yazoo – Awards". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 19 July 2013. 
  14. ^ "Jaaroverzichten 1982" (in Dutch). Ultratop. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2 June 2014. 
  15. ^ "Top Disco/Dance Singles/Albums". Billboard. 94 (51): 36. 25 December 1982. ISSN 0006-2510. 
  16. ^ "Ultratop.be – Yazoo – Situation (Remix)" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 4 June 2013.
  17. ^ "Lescharts.com – Yazoo – Situation (Remix)" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved 19 July 2013.
  18. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Yazoo – Situation (Remix)". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 19 July 2013.
  19. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 22 July 2013.
  20. ^ "Ultratop.be – Yazoo – Don't Go 1999 Mix" (in Dutch). Ultratip. Retrieved 20 January 2014.
  21. ^ "The Saturdays's If This Is Love sample of Yazoo's Situation". WhoSampled. Retrieved 19 July 2013. 
  22. ^ "Heidi Montag's Body Language sample of Yazoo's Situation". WhoSampled. Retrieved 19 July 2013. 
  23. ^ "Flying Steps's In Da Arena (Situation) sample of Yazoo's Situation". WhoSampled. Retrieved 19 July 2013. 
  24. ^ "Charli Baltimore's Lose It sample of Yazoo's Situation". WhoSampled. Retrieved 19 July 2013. 
  25. ^ "Snoop Dogg feat. T-Pain's Boom sample of Yazoo's Situation". WhoSampled. Retrieved 19 July 2013. 
  26. ^ "Big Boy and Nicky Jam's Para La Chica sample of Yazoo's Situation". WhoSampled. Retrieved 28 March 2014. 

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