Sky High (song)
|Single by Jigsaw|
|B-side||"Brand New Love Affair"|
|Released||August 1975 (U.S.)
September 26, 1975 (UK)
|Label||Splash (UK), Chelsea (US)|
|Writer(s)||Clive Scott, Des Dyer|
"Sky High" is the name of a 1975 single by British pop music group Jigsaw. The song, the main title theme to the film entitled The Man from Hong Kong, was a world-wide hit in the latter part of 1975, reaching number three on the Billboard Hot 100 and number two on the Adult Contemporary chart in the United States. A group composition, it was arranged by Richard Hewson. It was also a Top 10 single in the UK Singles Chart. The 1975 Australian single was released under the name "British Jigsaw" because there was an established and popular local band called "Jigsaw".
Two years later the song gained more striking commercial success in Japan, peaking at number two on the Oricon singles chart and selling approximately 570,000 copies. ZYX Records released an extended 12" version in 1987. A remixed version of the original Jigsaw cut by PWL remixer Pete Hammond was a minor dance hit in the US in the spring of 1989. In a nod to the original 7" single release, "Brand New Love Affair" was also remixed and put on the B-side.
Cover and remix versions
British singer Newton recorded "Sky High" in the mid 1990s. His cover version produced by Mike Stock and Matt Aitken became a hit, reaching the top-ten on the Australian charts. Although attributed to Newton, the lead vocal was actually performed for the recording by original Jigsaw vocalist Des Dyer who also clandestinely appears in the video.
Italian record label The SAIFAM Group produced a cover version in 2000 under the artist name of DJ Miko. This was available from SAIFAM on vinyl and compilation CD, and also on compilation CD from UK record label Klone Records. DJ Miko further remixed this version for the 2002 Dancemania compilation Speed 8. A remix of this DJ Miko version was later produced by DJ Kaya, which appeared on Dancemania's Covers 01 and TRE*SURE 10th Anniversary Special Edition in 2006.
UK record label Almighty Records produced a remix of the original Jigsaw track in 2006. This featured on their Almighty Definitive 4 compilation album in 2006.
The song is also featured in the Dance Dance Revolution games.
|Weekly charts (1995)||Peak
|Belgium Ultratop Singles Chart||40|
- "Sky High", 45cat.com
- "List of best-selling singles on the Japanese Oricon International Chart (1968-2000)" (in Japanese). Original Confidence. Retrieved 2008-09-24.
- Record info on Encyclopedisque.fr
- "List of number-one singles on the Japanese Oricon International Chart (1968-2000)" (in Japanese). Original Confidence. Retrieved 2008-07-24.
- Swedish Chart Archives
- "AllMusic ((( Jigsaw > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles )))". AllMusic.com. Billboard magazine. Retrieved 2008-09-20.
- "Australian-charts.com Jigsaw - Sky High". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 2008-09-24.
- "Ultratop.be Jigsaw - Sky High". Retrieved 2008-09-24.
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