Wishing (If I Had a Photograph of You)

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"Wishing (If I Had a Photograph of You)"
Single by A Flock of Seagulls
from the album Listen
B-side "Committed"
Released 16 November 1982
Format 7", 12"
Recorded 1982
Genre New wave, synthpop
Length 4:09 (7" version)
5:29 (Album version)
9:34 (Extended version)
Label Zomba Records
Writer(s) Mike Score, Ali Score, Frank Maudsley and Paul Reynolds.
Producer(s) Mike Howlett
A Flock of Seagulls singles chronology
"Space Age Love Song"
"Wishing (If I Had a Photograph of You)"

"Wishing (If I Had a Photograph of You)" is a 1982 song by A Flock of Seagulls, the opening song and only hit single from their second album Listen.[1] The song exemplifies "synth-pop's spaced-out loneliness" and yearning for imagined absent lovers,[2] and is noted for its Wall of Sound-styled layer of synthesizer padding – a "multi-layered, hypnotic song", according to AllMusic.[1]

Unlike the band's 1982 hit "I Ran (So Far Away)", largely a United States and Australian hit, "Wishing" performed strongly in Great Britain and reached the Top 10; in the US it reached the top 30 on the U.S. Billboard charts in summer 1983.[3] In South Africa, it was enormously popular, reaching the no. 8 position.[4]

Formats and track listing[edit]

7": Jive. / Jive 25 United Kingdom[edit]

  1. "Wishing (If I Had A Photograph Of You) (Long Version)" – 4:00
  2. "Committed" – 2:50

12": Jive. / Jive T 25 United Kingdom[edit]

  1. "Wishing (If I Had A Photograph Of You) (Long Version)" – 9:08
  2. "Committed" – 5:34
  3. "Wishing (If I Had A Photograph Of You) (Short Version)" – 4:57

12": Jive. / Jive VJ 12014 United States[edit]

  1. "Wishing (If I Had A Photograph Of You)" – 6:03
  2. "The Flight Of Yuri Gagarin" – 7:03
  3. "Rosenmontag" – 8:01
  4. "Committed (Extended Version)" – 5:34


  • Track 1 was an edit newly created for the U.S. market and seems to be exclusive to this U.S. 12".

Chart positions[edit]

Charts Peak
UK Singles Chart 10
Irish Singles Chart 6
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 26
U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks 3
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play 26
South African Singles Chart[4] 8
Australian Kent Report Singles Chart 46
New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart 33
Germany Singles Chart 37


  1. ^ a b Bogdanov, Vladimir (2001). All Music Guide to Electronica: The Definitive Guide to Electronic Music. Backbeat Books. p. 137. ISBN 9780879306281. Retrieved 19 January 2013. 
  2. ^ "Spin Alternative Record Guide". Spin. 10 October 1995. Retrieved 19 January 2013. 
  3. ^ Bogdanov, Vladimir; Woodstra, Chris; Erlewine, Stephen Thomas (2002). All Music Guide to Rock: The Definitive Guide to Rock, Pop, and Soul. Hal Leonard Corporation. p. 417. ISBN 9780879306533. Retrieved 19 January 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Brian Currin. "South African Rock Lists Website - SA Charts 1969 - 1989 Acts (F)". Rock.co.za. Retrieved 2015-12-03. 

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