Sleeping Satellite

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"Sleeping Satellite"
Single by Tasmin Archer
from the album Great Expectations
Released 31 August 1992
Format 7" vinyl, 12" vinyl, CD
Genre Pop
Length 4:42
Label EMI (UK)
SBK/Capitol-EMI (US)
Songwriter(s) Tasmin Archer, John Beck, John Hughes
Producer(s) Julian Mendelsohn, Paul Wickens
Tasmin Archer singles chronology
"Sleeping Satellite"
"In Your Care"
"Sleeping Satellite"
"In Your Care"

"Sleeping Satellite" was the debut single by the British singer songwriter Tasmin Archer, released in August 1992. The song was a number one in the United Kingdom,[1] and was also an international hit.

Lyrics and music[edit]

Although it was first released in 1992, Archer and her co-writers wrote the song in the late 1980s. It was only when Archer got a record deal that the song saw the light of day.

Four instruments were used in the recording of "Sleeping Satellite", John Hughes and Robbie McIntosh provided the guitars in the song, and John Beck and Paul Wickens were keyboard players. The drummer was Graham Broadhead whilst Gary Maughan played Fairlight.

Archer sings backing vocals on the track along with Tessa Niles and Carol Kenyon.

The lyrics of the song reference the Apollo Missions of the 1960s, characterised as "man's greatest adventure"; the sleeping satellite of the title being the Moon.

Chart performances[edit]

"Sleeping Satellite" was released in the United Kingdom on 31 August 1992, and swiftly rose up the charts in the United Kingdom to the number one spot, replacing "Ebeneezer Goode" by The Shamen. It stayed there for two weeks, before being dethroned by Boyz II Men's "End of the Road".

The song was a multiformat success in the United States. The song hit the Modern Rock Tracks chart the last week of February 1993. Inching up to a peak of #12, it was her best showing on any chart in the United States, but the song gradually proved its crossover potential in April, when it appeared first on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart, and the following week hit the main chart.

By the early '90s, the Billboard Hot 100 had splintered into several sub charts, and the song hit two of these, peaking in late May/early June 1993 at #29 on the Hot 100 Airplay chart, and at #16 on the Top 40 Mainstream chart. "Sleeping Satellite" also hit #24 on the chart Adult Contemporary. The single peaked at #32 on the traditional Hot 100.

Archer's song was successful throughout the world, notably hitting the Top 5 in Sweden and Switzerland, #6 in France, and #14 in Australia.

"Sleeping Satellite" is Tasmin Archer's most successful single to date, her only United Kingdom Top 10, and her only single to chart in the United States.

The song was the final song played on Pennine FM, before the station's closure in April 2010.

Cover versions[edit]

Track listings[edit]


Country Certification Date Sales certified
United Kingdom[9] Silver 1 October 1992 200,000


Chart successions[edit]

Preceded by
"Ebeneezer Goode" by The Shamen
Irish IRMA number-one single
16 October 1992 – 5 November 1992 (4 weeks)
Succeeded by
"End of the Road" by Boyz II Men
UK number-one single
11 October 1992 – 24 October 1992 (2 weeks)


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  12. ^ German Singles Chart (Retrieved 14 September 2008)
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