Wishing I Was Lucky

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"Wishing I Was Lucky"
Wishing I Was Lucky.jpg
Single by Wet Wet Wet
from the album Popped In Souled Out
Released 6 April 1987 (UK)
1988 (United States)
1989 (France)
Format CD, 7", 12"
Recorded 1986
Length 3:52
Label Uni, PolyGram
Songwriter(s) Graeme Clark
Tommy Cunningham
Neil Mitchell
Marti Pellow
Producer(s) Wet Wet Wet
JWWWL
Wilf Smarties
Wet Wet Wet singles chronology
"Wishing I Was Lucky"
(1987)
"Sweet Little Mystery"
(1987)
"Wishing I Was Lucky"
(1987)
"Sweet Little Mystery"
(1987)

"Wishing I Was Lucky" was the debut single by Wet Wet Wet. It was taken from their 1987 album Popped In Souled Out. Recorded for £600 in Edinburgh, it was released on 6 April 1987 and was their first hit, peaking at #6 on the UK Singles Chart.

Tommy Cunningham later said: "I was in a queue in a chip shop in Glasgow when it came on Radio Clyde. I felt like shouting to everybody, 'That's me and my mates!' It was an incredible feeling I've not forgotten."[1]

Marti Pellow recorded an accoustic, solo version of the song for inclusion on his 2002 album Marti Pellow Sings the Hits of Wet Wet Wet & Smile.

Music Video[edit]

Two videos were made. The video in the UK features the band watching TV. As they switch channels, each member of the band is sent to the TV on a different channel before being sent back. The video ends with the band (performing the song throughout the video) getting trapped before the TV shuts off abruptly ending the song. The video in the US shows the band performing in a dimly lit room while shots of the band travel in the city and have fun.

Track listings[edit]

CD single
  1. "Wishing I Was Lucky" — 3:52
  2. "Words of Wisdom" — 3:57
7" single
  1. "Wishing I Was Lucky" — 3:52
  2. "Words of Wisdom" — 3:57
12" maxi
  1. "Wishing I Was Lucky"
  2. "Words of Wisdom"
  3. "Still Can't Remember Your Name"
12" double pack

Record 1:

  1. "Wishing I Was Lucky"
  2. "Words of Wisdom"
  3. "Still Can't Remember Your Name"

Record 2:

  1. "Wishing I Was Lucky"

Charts[edit]

Chart (1987) Peak
position
Irish Singles Chart[2] 6
UK Singles Chart[3] 6
Chart (1988)[4] Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[5] 58
Chart (1989) Peak
position
French SNEP Singles Chart[6] 40

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Chippie made me a super star". Sunday Mail. Retrieved 29 December 2006. 
  2. ^ Irish Single Chart Irishcharts.ie (Retrieved February 19, 2008)
  3. ^ UK Singles Chart Chartstats.com (Retrieved August 8, 2008)
  4. ^ Billboard Billboard.com (Retrieved February 19, 2008)
  5. ^ Billboard Allmusic.com (Retrieved August 8, 2008)
  6. ^ "Wishing I Was Lucky", French Singles Chart Lescharts.com (Retrieved February 19, 2008)