Woodpeckers from Space

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"Woodpeckers from Space"
Woodpeckers From Space by Video Kids.jpg
Single by VideoKids
from the album The Invasion of the Spacepeckers
B-side "Rap and Sing Along"
Released October 5, 1984
Format 7" vinyl, 12" vinyl
Recorded 1984
Genre Synthpop, dance-pop, electro, Italo disco
Length 3:34
Label Polydor
Writer(s) A. Adams & Fleisner
Producer(s) A. Adams & Fleisner
VideoKids singles chronology
"Woodpeckers from Space"
(1984)
"Do the Rap"
(1985)

"Woodpeckers from Space" is a song by the Dutch euro disco/Italo disco duo VideoKids. The song features sound effects from the Speak & Spell toy. It was also heard in the original version of Pingu episode "Pingu Looks After the Egg" (Now known as "Pingu Helps With Incubating") until being replaced with "The Pingu Dance".

Music video[edit]

The video starred Peter Slaghuis, who was the lead singer. It also featured a space animal named Tico Tac that was used for a woodpecker. Another one of VideoKids' songs called "Satellite" also featured it in the video. The video had two people on a spaceship and the original members of the band.

Covers[edit]

The song was covered by the South African outfit Café Society in 1985 and their version held the No. 1 position on the South African Top 20 for 8 weeks. VideoKids never released the song in South Africa due to the political situation at the time. The song was also covered by the Norwegian bubblegum/trance/dance group SpritneyBears in 2003, and laid in second place on the Norwegian chart, spending 8 weeks on that chart in total.

Charts[edit]

Chart (1984/1985) Peak
position
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[1] 15
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[2] 17
Germany (Official German Charts)[3] 4
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[4] 14
Norway (VG-lista)[5] 1
Spain (AFYVE)[6] 1
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[7] 8
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[8] 6
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company) 72

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