Teletubbies say "Eh-oh!"
|"Teletubbies say "Eh-oh!""|
|Single by Teletubbies|
|from the album Teletubbies – The Album|
|Released||1 December 1997|
|Genre||Pop, television theme song|
|Label||BBC Worldwide Music|
|Writer(s)||Andrew McCrorie-Shand, Andrew Davenport|
|Producer(s)||Andrew McCrorie-Shand and Steve James|
Teletubbies say "Eh-oh!" is a hit single which was number one in the UK Singles Chart for two weeks in December 1997. It remained in the Top 75 for 29 weeks after its first release and three weeks more after two re-releases and sold well enough to be certified as double-platinum. It is mostly a remix of the theme song from the hit BBC TV show, Teletubbies. It was also a massive hit in the Republic of Ireland, peaking at number two. The Teletubbies have not had another such hit, making them a one-hit wonder. The song also reached #13 in The Netherlands, remaining in the Dutch Singles Chart for 13 weeks. The song contains two nursery rhymes, the Teletubbies hum along to Baa, Baa, Black Sheep and the flowers from Teletubbyland sing Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary.
There was considerable anticipation that it would be the Christmas number one in 1997 and it was the betting favorite at William Hill at odds of 6–4. This race was said to have been decided by the under-10 age group as the rival Spice Girls were popular with seven-year-old girls while the Teletubbies were more popular with younger children. Siobhan Ennis, the singles manager at Tower Records' flagship store in Piccadilly Circus said, "The race for the Christmas No 1 is really exciting. At this time of year, people aren't being so serious about their purchasing. We've taken a hell of a lot of the Teletubbies record. The singles market is driven by children, and not just at Christmas."
The Teletubbies were beaten by the Spice Girls' "Too Much" and so were just the Christmas number two. The outcome of this close race may be incorrectly recalled, however. For example, a year later, the BBC was embarrassed when its answer to a pop quiz had the Teletubbies as the Christmas number one.
BMG marketed the single in the UK while EMI managed it for the rest of Europe. A&R executive Simon Cowell made this deal with the BBC saying, "I heard another record label were about to sign the Teletubbies, so I got the BBC in my office and told them I would give them £500,000 in advance. We knew a record like that would make over £2 million." It then sold 317,000 copies in its first week to debut at number one; 1,103,000 copies by the end of the year and total UK sales were 1.3 million.
'Teletubbies say "Eh-oh!"' was number one on the UK Singles Chart for two weeks in December 1997. It remained in the Top 75 for 29 weeks after its first release and 3 weeks more after two re-releases. The single was shortlisted for the Novello songwriting award but others consider it to be an annoying tune—sickly and irritating. It has repeatedly placed high in polls of awful songs, such as that run by VH1 in which it placed third to "The Millennium Prayer" and "Mr Blobby". As of November 2012, the song is currently the 83rd biggest selling single in UK chart history.
|Dutch Singles Chart||13|
|Irish Singles Chart||2|
|UK Singles Chart||1|
"Perfect Day" by Various artists
|UK Singles Chart number-one single
7 December 1997 – 21 December 1997
"Too Much" by Spice Girls
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