Talkin' 'bout a Revolution
|"Talkin' 'bout a Revolution"|
|Single by Tracy Chapman|
|from the album Tracy Chapman|
|Genre||Contemporary folk, Folk rock, Country folk|
|Tracy Chapman singles chronology|
"Talkin' 'bout a Revolution" is the second single from singer-songwriter Tracy Chapman's self-titled debut album. The politically aware song failed to replicate the success of its predecessor, "Fast Car", and peaked at #75 in the United States. However, it also managed to chart on four other charts maintained by Billboard (which brings out the weekly US chart) and reached the top forty in two of them.
Internationally, this single was a big hit, reaching the Top 40 in several countries, including France and New Zealand, becoming a classic in Chapman's song repertoire. The song received heavy radio play in Tunisia in 2011 during the Tunisian Revolution. The song has also been used as an unofficial theme for Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders' 2016 presidential campaign. This song played before speeches at campaign rallies.
The song was first covered by the group Living Colour, who not only performed the song on occasion on various tours but released a live version in the compilation album "What's Your Favorite Color" (1995). English punk band Leatherface released their cover version of the song on their EP "Compact and Bijou" in 1992. It was subsequently covered by singer Ben Jelen on the Russell Simmons/Babyface-produced all-star compilation Wake Up Everybody in 2004. This song was also covered by Reel Big Fish on their 2005 album We're Not Happy 'Til You're Not Happy and Chamberlain as a B Side to "Five Year Diary". In 2010, this song was translated into Cree and covered by Art Napoleon on his album Creeland Covers. In February 2011, Israeli band Shmemel covered the song and added a verse inspired by the Arab Spring revolutions, with the new song being given the title "Talking About an Arab Revolution".
|Billboard Hot 100||75|
|Billboard Adult Contemporary||45|
|Billboard Alternative Songs||24|
|Billboard Mainstream Rock||22|
|Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs||78|
|ARIA Top 100 Singles Chart||66|
|Austrian Singles Chart||29|
|Canadian RPM Top Singles||48|
|France Singles Chart||22|
|Dutch Singles Chart||18|
|New Zealand Singles Chart||32|
- Tracy Chapman - Chart history | Billboard
- "Talkin' 'bout a Revolution" in various charts
- Fisher, Marc (March 26, 2011). "In Tunisia, act of one fruit vendor sparks wave of revolution through Arab world". The Washington Post. Retrieved March 1, 2017.
- Kulsum, Caroline; Al Khatib, Noor (June 25, 2011). "Minstrels of the Arab Revolution". Gulf News. Retrieved March 1, 2017.
In 1964, Dylan released The Times Are a-Changin' to support the US Civil Rights movement. Tracy Chapman sang Talkin' ‘bout a Revolution in 1988, which has also been played repeatedly on Tunisian radio stations in the recent months.
- Wagner, John (February 8, 2016). "Songs of 'revolution' and others that make Bernie Sanders's playlist". The Washington Post. Retrieved March 1, 2017.
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- Scott, Gavin (August 28, 2013). "25 Years Ago This Week: August 28, 1988". Chart Beats. Retrieved March 1, 2017.