Weekend (Earth and Fire song)

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Earth and Fire Weekend single cover.jpg
Single by Earth and Fire
from the album Reality Fills Fantasy
B-side "Answer Me"
Released November 1979 (1979-11)
Format 7" vinyl
Genre Disco
Length 3:35
Label Vertigo
Writer(s) Gerard Koerts
Producer(s) Earth and Fire
Gerrit-Jan Leenders
Earth and Fire singles chronology
"7, 8th Avenue"
"Fire of Love"

"Weekend" is a song from 1979 by Dutch band Earth and Fire. It was written by keyboard player Gerard Koerts for the album Reality Fills Fantasy.

Earth and Fire version[edit]

"Weekend" was released by Earth and Fire as a single in November 1979 and reached the number one spot in the singles charts in the Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany, Denmark and Portugal.[1]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Weekend" Gerard Koerts 3:35
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
2. "Answer Me" Chris Koerts, Bert Ruiter 5:16

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1979-1980) Peak
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[2] 14
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[3] 1
Denmark (IFPI)[1] 1
Germany (Official German Charts)[4] 1
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[5] 1
Portugal (AFP)[1] 1
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[6] 1
Preceded by
"Sun of Jamaica" by Goombay Dance Band
German Singles Chart number-one single
25 April 1980 – 16 May 1980
Succeeded by
"Der Nippel" by Mike Krüger

Chips version[edit]

Single by Chips
from the album Chips and 20 bästa låtar
Released January 1997
Format 7" vinyl, CD
Length 3:35
Label Mariann Grammofon AB
Writer(s) Gerard Koerts
Producer(s) Chips
Chips singles chronology
"Dag efter dag"

Weekend was first covered by the Swedish group Chips on their eponymously titled debut-album. Originally, the version was recorded in 1980, but was only available on the album's first printed issues, as all subsequent releases (now called "Sweets'n Chips") replaced the song with the track "Good Morning". It wasn't until the release of the 1997 Greatest Hits-album "20 bästa låtar" that the song became widely available again. The B-Side on the single was the Instrumental track "Tokyo".

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Weekend" Gerard Koerts 3:35
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
2. "Tokyo" Lasse Holm 3:00

Scooter version[edit]

Scooter Weekend! single cover.jpg
Single by Scooter
from the album The Stadium Techno Experience
B-side "Curfew"
Released 24 February 2003 (2003-02-24)
Length 3:35
Writer(s) Gerard Koerts
H. P. Baxxter
Rick J. Jordan
Jay Frog
Jens Thele
Producer(s) Scooter
Scooter singles chronology
"The Night"

"Weekend" was also covered by German techno group Scooter as "Weekend!". It was released in February 2003 as the first single from their 2003 album The Stadium Techno Experience.[7] The single reached number 2 in the German Media Control Charts and was also a top-10 single in Norway, Austria, Denmark, the Netherlands, Finland and Sweden.[8]

Music video

The video for the song takes place on an illuminated part of a loam-covered floor encircled by dark. While Scooter are performing the song, there are Buddhist and Christian monks, nuns, Asian martial artists, topless women, traditional Indian female dancers and Ganesha dancing around them. H. P. Baxxter can also be seen wearing a costume resembling those worn by the Roman centurions. The video was censored in the multimedia part of the CD single released in Germany.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Weekend!" (Radio Edit) 3:35
2. "Weekend!" (Extended) 5:10
3. "Weekend!" (Club Mix) 6:02
4. "Curfew" 3:14

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2003) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[9] 37
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[10] 4
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[11] 35
Denmark (Tracklisten)[12] 4
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[13] 7
Germany (Official German Charts)[14] 2
Hungary (Single Top 40)[15] 1
Ireland (IRMA)[16] 14
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[17] 7
Norway (VG-lista)[18] 3
Romania (Romanian Top 100)[19] 100
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[20] 9
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[21] 33
UK Independent (Official Charts Company)[22] 1
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[23] 12


Country Certification Date Sales certified
Norway [24] Platinum 2003 30,000 +

Other versions[edit]

In 1980 the Belgian band De Strangers released a Dutch-language version of the song under the title "Pluchke".[25]

The song was released in German version as "Kein Mädchen für das Wochenende" which was first sung by Conny Morin and later was covered by Daniela Dilow.[26]

In 2002 Kid Q released the single "This Feeling", which contains a sample of "Weekend".[27]

In 2008 Bloodhound Gang release a cover version of the Scooter cover for "Weekend!"

In 2012, Belgian electro producer Mickey release a cover version of the original track featuring Sylvie 'Billie' Kreusch.


  1. ^ a b c "earth-and-fire.nl - biografieën (Dutch)". Retrieved 15 April 2009. 
  2. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Earth & Fire – Weekend" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  3. ^ "Ultratop.be – Earth & Fire – Weekend" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  4. ^ "Musicline.de – Earth & Fire Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  5. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Earth & Fire search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.
  6. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Earth & Fire – Weekend". Swiss Singles Chart.
  7. ^ Scooter - Weekend! at discogs.com
  8. ^ "Scooter - Weekend!" (in German). Hitparade.ch. Retrieved 16 April 2009. 
  9. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Scooter – Weekend!". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  10. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Scooter – Weekend!" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  11. ^ "Ultratop.be – Scooter – Weekend!" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  12. ^ "Danishcharts.com – Scooter – Weekend!". Tracklisten.
  13. ^ "Scooter: Weekend!" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland.
  14. ^ "Musicline.de – Scooter Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  15. ^ "Archívum – Slágerlisták – MAHASZ" (in Hungarian). Single (track) Top 40 lista. Magyar Hanglemezkiadók Szövetsége.
  16. ^ "Chart Track: Week 15, 2003". Irish Singles Chart.
  17. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Scooter search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.
  18. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Scooter – Weekend!". VG-lista.
  19. ^ Romanian Top 100: Editia 21, saptamina 2.06-8.06, 2003
  20. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Scooter – Weekend!". Singles Top 100.
  21. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Scooter – Weekend!". Swiss Singles Chart.
  22. ^ nessaja in den UK-Independent-Charts
  23. ^ "Archive Chart: 2003-04-05" UK Singles Chart.
  24. ^ "Norwegian certifications – Nessaja" (in Norwegian). IFPI Norway. 
  25. ^ De Strangers - Troef
  26. ^ ZDF-Hitparade (Live - Berliner Union Film Studios) Sendung Nr. 125
  27. ^ Kid Q - This Feeling at Discogs.com