Thankyou Whoever You Are

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"Thankyou Whoever You Are / Most Toys"
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Single by Marillion
from the album Somewhere Else
Released11 June 2007
FormatCD single (2 versions), DVD single, iTunes download
Recorded2006
GenreProgressive rock
LabelIntact Records
Songwriter(s)Steve Hogarth, Steve Rothery, Mark Kelly, Pete Trewavas, Ian Mosley
Producer(s)Michael Hunter
Marillion singles chronology
"See It Like A Baby"
(2007)
"Thankyou Whoever You Are" / "Most Toys"
(2007)
"Carol of the Bells"
(2013)

"Thankyou Whoever You Are" and "Most Toys" are songs recorded by British neo-progressive rock band Marillion which appeared on their 14th studio album, Somewhere Else. They were released on a double A-side single in the United Kingdom and in the Netherlands in June 2007. "Thankyou" is a slow, slightly orchestral ballad arranged in the band's trademark style. In stark contrast, "Most Toys" is simple, rocky and fast, with an anti-consumerism message. It has a running time of 2:49, the band's shortest recording to date (shorter even than the musically similar "Hooks in You" from 1989).

To maximize the purchase incentive for fans and spur potential chart success,[1] the single came in three physical formats (including a PAL-only DVD) featuring different exclusive tracks each (including two non-album tracks), with the second A-side "Most Toys" only being available on two of them. In addition, live versions of both tracks were included in an iTunes download.

The single spent one week in the UK Singles Chart, reaching number 15 on 23 June 2007. This makes it the band's second biggest success in the two decades since the release of "Incommunicado" (1987) in terms of peak position.[2] On the Dutch singles charts, the release was more successful, running three weeks and peaking at Number 6.[3] In terms of peak position, this made it the band's biggest hit ever in that country, as even their otherwise most popular hits from the 1980s, such as "Kayleigh", "Lavender", and "Incommunicado", had not made the top ten there.

The DVD format contains an audio version of the Britney Spears dance-pop hit "Toxic" recorded live on an evening of cover versions during a 2007 fanclub convention in the Center Parcs holiday resort of Port Zelande, Ouddorp, Netherlands, in early February 2007.[4]

In total, "Thankyou Whoever You Are" marks Marillion's 35th and, as of 2013, last physical or digital single containing original material.[5] For the three studio albums released since then, individual tracks have been used for promotional purposes (YouTube, radio airplay) but have not been made available for purchase.

Track list[edit]

Two-track CD single[edit]

  1. "Thankyou Whoever You Are" (Edit) — 4:06 original version from Somewhere Else
  2. "Say The Word" — 5:14 non-album track

Four-track CD single[edit]

  1. "Thankyou Whoever You Are" (Edit) — 4:06
  2. "Most Toys" — 2:49 from Somewhere Else
  3. "Circular Ride" — 3:54 non-album track
  4. "The Wound (Live)" — 7:14 original version from Somewhere Else

DVD single[edit]

  1. "Thankyou Whoever You Are" (Edit) — 4:06
  2. "Most Toys" — 2:49
  3. "Toxic" (Live) — 4:49
  4. "Thankyou Whoever You Are" (Live Video) — 4:57
  5. "Most Toys" (Live Video) — 2:57

iTunes download[edit]

  1. "Thankyou Whoever You Are" (Live)
  2. "Most Toys" (Live)

All tracks written by Marillion (Hogarth, Kelly, Rothery, Trewavas, Mosley), except "Toxic", written by Cathy Dennis, Henrik Jonback, Christian Karlsson, Pontus Winnberg.

External links[edit]

Personnel[edit]

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2007) Peak
position
UK Singles Chart 15
Dutch Singles Chart 6

References[edit]

  1. ^ Marillion.com press release dated 3 May 2007, accessed 2013-10-17.
  2. ^ Official UK Singles Charts, accessed 2013-10-17.
  3. ^ Dutchcharts.nl - Marillion - Thankyou Whoever You Are, accessed 2013-10-17.
  4. ^ Marillion Weekend - Previous Weekends | 2007 Archived 17 October 2013 at the Wayback Machine., accessed 2013-10-17.
  5. ^ In December 2013, the band released a version of the Christmas song "Carol of the Bells" as a digital download charity single. Antimusic.com: Marillion Release 'Carol Of The Bells' Video, 12/16/2013, accessed 2013-12-17.