Wherever Would I Be

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"Wherever Would I Be"
Cheap Trick 1990 Single Wherever Would I Be.jpeg
Single by Cheap Trick
from the album Busted
B-side "Busted"
Released 1990 (1990)
Format
Genre Rock
Length 4:06
Label Epic
Songwriter(s) Diane Warren
Producer(s) Richie Zito
Cheap Trick singles chronology
"Can't Stop Fallin' Into Love"
(1990)
"Wherever Would I Be"
(1990)
"If You Need Me"
(1990)

"Wherever Would I Be" is a song by American rock band Cheap Trick, released in 1990 as the second single from their eleventh studio album Busted. It was written by American songwriter Diane Warren and produced by Richie Zito. "Wherever Would I Be" peaked at No. 50 on the US Billboard Hot 100.[1]

A music video was filmed to promote the single.[2] It achieved medium rotation on MTV and play on The Jukebox Network and Hit Video USA.[3][4]

Critical reception[edit]

In a review of Busted, Cash Box described the song as a "strong power ballad".[5] Reviewing the song for AllMusic, Doug Stone commented: "Cheap Trick sleepwalks through the motions on this Diane Warren treacle. Loopy axe murderer Rick Nielsen steps up for a decent guitar solo, but no rock band should put fans through something like this. On the back is "Busted," the title track to Trick's nadir. Cheap Trick is so much above the material on both sides here."[6]

Track listing[edit]

7" Single
  1. "Wherever Would I Be" - 4:06
  2. "Busted" - 4:04
7" Single (Spanish promo)
  1. "Wherever Would I Be" - 4:06
  2. "Wherever Would I Be" - 4:06
CD Single (US promo)
  1. "Wherever Would I Be" - 3:55
CD Single (Japanese promo)
  1. "Wherever Would I Be" - 4:06
  2. "Busted" - 4:04

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1990) Peak
position
Canadian RPM Top Singles Chart[7] 59
Japanese Singles Chart (Tokyo)[8][9] 60
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[1] 50
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Airplay[10] 69

Personnel[edit]

Cheap Trick
Additional personnel

Dusty Springfield and Daryl Hall version[edit]

"Wherever Would I Be"
Dusty Springfield Daryl Hall Wherever Would I Be 1995 Single.jpg
Single by Dusty Springfield & Daryl Hall
from the album A Very Fine Love
B-side
  • "All I Have to Offer You is Love"
  • "Reputation"
Released 1995 (1995)
Format CD single
Genre Pop
Length 3:52
Label Columbia
Songwriter(s) Diane Warren
Producer(s) Tom Shapiro
Dusty Springfield & Daryl Hall singles chronology
"Goin Back"/"Son of a Preacher Man"
(1994)
"Wherever Would I Be"
(1995)
"Roll Away"
(1995)
Alternative Cover
UK Maxi CD Single #2 cover of "Wherever Would I Be"
UK Maxi CD Single #2 cover of "Wherever Would I Be"
Music video
"Wherever Would I Be" on YouTube

In 1995, British pop singer Dusty Springfield and American rock/soul singer Daryl Hall recorded a duet version of the track. Added to Springfield's album A Very Fine Love, the song was the second-to-last single from Springfield. Due to modest sales of the album, Springfield and Columbia Records decided not to renew her contract, and because her breast cancer recurred in late 1996, and Springfield died in 1999, "A Very Fine Love" proved to be her final album.

The version was used in the 1995 movie "While You Were Sleeping", starring Sandra Bullock and Bill Pullman. The song was also released as a single in mid-1995, peaking at #44 in the UK for a total of three weeks.[11]

The single was released within Europe only on CD single. The main European version of the CD single featured two tracks, the a-side duet and the 1990 Springfield hit "Reputation".[12] The European Maxi CD single featured four tracks; the a-side, a remix of the a-side titled "Wherever Would I Be (Walter A. Mix)", a solo version of "Wherever Would I Be" with the vocal handled by Springfield alone and the 1990 hit "Reputation".[12]

The UK Maxi CD single featured four tracks; the a-side, a track from her "A Very Fine Love" album titled "All I Have To Offer You Is Love", the 1990 hit "Reputation" and the solo version of "Wherever Would I Be".[12] Another UK Maxi CD single featured another four tracks; the a-side, a remix of the 1990 album track "Daydreaming", titled "Daydreaming (Edited 12" Master)", the edited single mix of "Arrested by You" and the remix of the a-side titled "Wherever Would I Be (Walter A. Mix)". A UK promotional CD single was also released, featuring just the a-side alone.[12]

For both versions of the single, the artwork consisted of two zoomed-in shots of Springfield, taken from the artwork for the album "A Very Fine Love".[12]

A music video was created for the duet.[13]

Track listing[edit]

CD Single (European Release)
  1. "Wherever Would I Be" - 3:52
  2. "Reputation" - 4:10
CD Maxi Single (European Release)
  1. "Wherever Would I Be" - 3:53
  2. "Wherever Would I Be (Walter A. Mix)" - 4:00
  3. "Wherever Would I Be (Dusty Solo)" - 3:53
  4. "Reputation" - 4:10
CD Maxi Single (UK Release #1)
  1. "Wherever Would I Be" - 3:52
  2. "All I Have to Offer You is Love" - 3:47
  3. "Reputation" - 4:10
  4. "Wherever Would I Be (Dusty Solo)" - 3:51
CD Maxi Single (UK Release #2)
  1. "Wherever Would I Be" - 3:56
  2. "Daydreaming (Edited 12" Master)" - 8:18
  3. "Arrested by You (Single Version)" - 3:50
  4. "Wherever Would I Be (Walter A. Mix)" - 4:00
CD Single (UK Promo Release)
  1. "Wherever Would I Be" - 3:53

Critical reception[edit]

In a review of the album A Very Fine Love, allmusic.com wrote "Indeed, the performances and the songs here stack up favorably next to, say, Brand New Me, her early-'70s intersection with Philly soul. One song here, "Where Would I Be?," which features a duet with Daryl Hall, got a little play for being in the movie "While You Were Sleeping", but otherwise, sad to say, this album passed relatively unnoticed for most of the public."[14]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1995) Peak
position
German Singles Chart[15] 73
UK Singles Chart[11] 44

Personnel[edit]

Production
  • Tom Shapiro - producer of "Wherever Would I Be" and "All I Have To Offer You Is Love", arranger on "Wherever Would I Be (Walter A. Mix)"
  • Brian Tankersley - recording and mixing on "Wherever Would I Be" and "Wherever Would I Be (Walter A. Mix)"
  • Walter Afanasieff - additional production and arrangement on "Wherever Would I Be (Walter A. Mix)"
  • Jay Healy - recording on "Wherever Would I Be (Walter A. Mix)"
  • Dana Jon Chappelle - recording and mixing on "Wherever Would I Be (Walter A. Mix)"
  • Mick Guzauski - mixing on "Wherever Would I Be (Walter A. Mix)"
  • Andy Richards - producer of "Reputation"
  • Julian Mendelsohn, Pet Shop Boys - producers of "Daydreaming (Edited 12" Master)"
  • Paul Staveley O'Duffy - producer of "Arrested by You"
Other
  • John Geary - illustration
  • Stylorouge - design

Other cover versions[edit]

  • In 1993, American rock singer Henry Lee Summer released a cover of the song on his album Slamdunk.
  • In 1997, a Diane Warren promotional six-disc set titled A Passion for Music featured four CDs of the hits of Diane Warren from 1983-1997 and two CDs of hidden classics in their original demo form. Amongst the demo versions was the original demo of "Wherever Would I Be", performed by Warren herself.[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Billboard. "Cheap Trick Wherever Would I Be Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 2018-04-12. 
  2. ^ "Wherever Would I Be - Cheap Trick". YouTube. 2009-07-04. Retrieved 2012-03-11. 
  3. ^ Billboard magazine - The Clip List - November 10, 1990 - page 76
  4. ^ Billboard magazine - The Clip List - October 13, 1990 - page 44
  5. ^ Cash Box newspaper - August 25, 1990 - Pop reviews: Albums - page 18
  6. ^ AllMusic Review by Doug Stone (1990-10-10). "Wherever Would I Be? - Cheap Trick | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2018-04-12. 
  7. ^ "RPM 100 Hit Tracks" (GIF). Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 2016-08-01. 
  8. ^ "J-WAVE WEBSITE : TOKIO HOT100". J-wave.co.jp. Retrieved 2012-03-11. 
  9. ^ "Song artist 616 - Cheap Trick". Tsort.info. Retrieved 2012-03-11. 
  10. ^ Billboard (1990-11-03). "Cheap Trick Wherever Would I Be Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 2018-04-12. 
  11. ^ a b "Dusty Springfield And Daryl Hall - Wherever Would I Be". Chart Stats. 1995-06-24. Retrieved 2012-03-11. 
  12. ^ a b c d e "Dusty Springfield & Daryl Hall - Wherever Would I Be (CD) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-03-11. 
  13. ^ "Dusty Springfield, Daryl Hall - Wherever Would I Be?". YouTube. Retrieved 2015-04-05. 
  14. ^ Eder, Bruce. "A Very Fine Love - Dusty Springfield". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-03-11. 
  15. ^ "Dusty Springfield & Daryl Hall, Wherever Would I Be". officialcharts.de. GfK Entertainment. Retrieved 2015-04-05. 
  16. ^ "Diane Warren - A Passion For Music (CD)". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2016-08-01. 

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