Wake Up Boo!

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"Wake Up Boo!"
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Single by The Boo Radleys
from the album Wake Up!
Released 27 February 1995 (1995-02-27)
Format CD, 12", Maxi single
Genre Britpop, power pop, pop rock, shoegazing
Length 3:09
Label Creation Records
Writer(s) Martin Carr
Producer(s) The Boo Radleys
The Boo Radleys singles chronology
"Lazarus" (re-release)
(1994)
"Wake Up Boo!"
(1995)
"Find the Answer Within"
(1995)

"Wake Up Boo!" is a song recorded by British indie band The Boo Radleys for their fourth album, Wake Up!. It was by far their biggest hit both in the UK and internationally. The track is an upbeat guitar-pop song about the change from summer to autumn, contrasting the narrator's optimism ("Wake up, it's a beautiful morning") with his companion's pessimism ("You have to put the death in everything"). Part of the song was used as a jingle by Chris Evans for his BBC Radio 1 breakfast show in the mid nineties.

Versions[edit]

On the album version of the song, the "Wake up, it's a beautiful morning" refrain is performed as an a cappella round as a prelude to the main track; this is absent from the single edit, which is otherwise identical. The second CD single and 12" feature a version called "Wake Up Boo!: Music for Astronauts" which has three distinct segued sections: the standard radio edit in full, followed by a version of the a cappella round, and finally a mostly instrumental electronic dance track reprising musical elements of the main song. It was this "Music for Astronauts" version which later featured on the group's self-selected "best of" compilation, Find the Way Out, along with the b-side, "Blues for George Michael". The basic single version has never appeared on a Boo Radleys album (their other greatest hits collection Best of The Boo Radleys contains the album version) though it has appeared on many various artist collections.

Video[edit]

The promotional video for Wake Up Boo! was filmed at Battersea Power Station.

Formats and track listing[edit]

CD One

All tracks written by Martin Carr.

No. Title Length
1. "Wake Up Boo!" 3:09
2. "Janus" 3:08
3. "Blues For George Michael" 8:49
4. "Friendship Song" 5:26
Total length: 20:32
CD Two

All tracks written by Martin Carr.

No. Title Length
1. "Wake Up Boo!: Music For Astronauts" 8:55
2. "...And Tomorrow The World" 4:37
3. "The History Of Creation Parts 17 & 36" 4:37
12"

All tracks written by Martin Carr.

No. Title Length
1. "Wake Up Boo!: Music For Astronauts" 8:55
2. "Janus" 3:08
3. "Blues For George Michael" 8:49

Credits and personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (1995) Peak
position
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[1] 20
Germany (Official German Charts)[2] 65
Ireland (IRMA)[3]
25
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[4] 9

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pennanen, Timo (2006). Sisältää hitin - levyt ja esittäjät Suomen musiikkilistoilla vuodesta 1972 (in Finnish) (1st ed.). Helsinki: Tammi. ISBN 978-951-1-21053-5. 
  2. ^ "Musicline.de – The Boo Radleys Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  3. ^ "The Irish Charts". Retrieved 29 June 2011.  Note: User must define search parameter
  4. ^ "The Boo Radleys: Artist Chart History" Official Charts Company.

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