Trouble (Heaven 17 song)

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"Trouble"
Heaven-17-trouble-virgin.jpg
Single by Heaven 17
from the album Pleasure One
B-side Move Out
Released 1987
Format 7" single, 12" single
Genre Synthpop, new wave
Length 4:00
Label Virgin Records
Writer(s) Glenn Gregory, Ian Craig Marsh, Martyn Ware
Producer(s) Heaven 17
Heaven 17 singles chronology
"Contenders"
(1986)
"Trouble"
(1987)
"The Ballad of Go Go Brown"
(1988)

"Trouble" is synthpop trio Heaven 17's only single of 1987 from the 1986 album Pleasure One.[1] It was written by all three members. The single was released in early 1987 and peaked at #51 in the UK, spending 4 weeks on the chart.[2] A promotional video was created for the single, becoming one of the band's last music videos to date.

The 12" single was slightly retitled as (Big) Trouble.[3]

Allmusic wrote "Some of the Pleasure One songs are among their best, including the wonderful "Trouble" and the opening track, "Contenders." The guitar work in "Trouble" makes the song itself."[4]

The single was number 126 of the Top 250 in 1987 for the top German singles.[5]

Formats[edit]

7" Single
  1. "Trouble" - 4:00
  2. "Move Out" - 3:19
12" Single
  1. "(Big) Trouble" - 5:49
  2. "Trouble (LP version)" - 4:17
  3. "Move Out" - 3:19
12" Promo Single
  1. "Trouble (At Mill Mix)" - 6:42
  2. "(Big) Trouble (Vocal)" - 5:49
12" Vinyl - Limited Edition Gatefold
  1. "(Big) Trouble (Extended Mix)" - 5:51
  2. "Move Out (Album Mix)" - 3:20
  3. "Trouble (U.S. Club Mix)" - 6:45
  4. "Contenders (U.S. Club Mix)" - 7:47

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1987) Peak
position
Total
weeks
German Singles Chart[6] 17 14
UK Singles Chart[7] 51 4

Critical reception[edit]

Lesley O'Toole for Record Mirror wrote "Once upon a time, if you didn't own a copy of "Fascist Groove Thang", you were much too untrendy to be seen associating with. Since then, Heaven 17 have cobbled together the odd pearl of synthesised wisdom, but with decreasing regularity. "Trouble" does little to alleviate fears that the rot is setting in, being just another mish-mash of unexciting keyboard riffs and irritatingly distinctive Glenn Gregory mouthings."[8]

Personnel[edit]

  • Mixed by - Brian Tench and Heaven 17
  • Produced and arranged by - Heaven 17
  • Remixer of "Trouble (At Mill Mix)", "Contenders (U.S. Club Mix)" and "Trouble (U.S. Club Mix)" - Bruce Forest
  • Logo Design - Assorted Images
  • Sleeve Design - Pietro Alfieri
  • Photography - Peter Anderson

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Heaven 17 - Trouble at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-06-23. 
  2. ^ "ChartArchive - Heaven 17 - Trouble". Chartstats.com. Retrieved 2012-06-23. 
  3. ^ "Heaven 17 - (Big) Trouble (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-06-23. 
  4. ^ Badgley, Aaron. "Pleasure One - Heaven 17 : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-06-23. 
  5. ^ "Heaven 17 - The most complete homepage". Heaven17.de. Retrieved 2012-06-23. 
  6. ^ "Die ganze Musik im Internet: Charts, News, Neuerscheinungen, Tickets, Genres, Genresuche, Genrelexikon, Künstler-Suche, Musik-Suche, Track-Suche, Ticket-Suche". musicline.de. Retrieved 2012-06-23. 
  7. ^ "The Official Charts Company - Trouble by Heaven 17 Search". The Official Charts Company. 6 May 2013. 
  8. ^ "Heaven 17 - Articles and reviews". Heaven17.de. 1987-01-10. Retrieved 2012-06-23. 

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