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"Situation"
Single by Yazoo
from the album Upstairs at Eric's
B-side "Only You" (7")
Remix (12")
Released 1982
1990
Format 12" maxi, 7" single
CD maxi (1992)
Recorded 1981
Genre Synthpop, New Wave
Length 2:22
Label Mute Records
Sire Records
Writer(s) Alison Moyet
Vince Clarke
Producer Eric Radcliffe
Daniel Miller
Vince Clarke

"Situation" is the title of a 1982 single by the British synthpop band Yazoo. The song was originally released in the UK as the B-side to Yazoo's debut single, "Only You", which went to number two on the UK Singles Chart. Released as a single in its own right in the U.S., the song peaked at number 73 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. However, it became Yazoo's first song to top the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart in the late summer of 1982, and it remained at number one on this chart for four weeks. The song features a memorable synthesizer hook by Vince Clarke (similar to the work he had done with his previous band, Depeche Mode) combined with the vocals by Alison Moyet (including her laughter, which has since been sampled in countless other songs including the international dance hit "Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix)"). The song has been featured on various 1980s compilation albums, as well as an appearance in a commercial for Nintendo's NES Classics series.

Its most famous version is the American 12-inch remix by François Kevorkian. This version was included on the U.S. version of Yazoo's album Upstairs at Eric's.

The song was featured in the 2002 film The Rules of Attraction.

In 1990 and again in 1999, the song was remixed by various noted DJs, including Peter Rauhofer and Richard "Humpty" Vission. The 1999 remixes were released to dance clubs, and this renewed interest in the song sent "Situation" to #1 on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart for a second time in October of that year.

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Sampling

The song has been sampled numerous times for its synthesized beat. The following artists have sampled "Situation" :

Track listings

7" single
  1. "Situation" — 2:22
  2. "Only You" — 3:10
12" maxi
  1. "Situation" — 5:40
  2. "Situation" (dub version) — 5:45
7" Single - Remixes
  1. "Situation" (deadline mix edit)
  2. "State Farm" (madhouse mix edit)

Charts

Chart (1982) Peak
position
Dutch Mega Top 100[1] 18
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play[2] 1
U.S. Billboard Black Singles[2] 31
Chart (1990-1991) 1 Peak
position
French SNEP Singles Chart[3] 40
German Singles Chart[4] 36
UK Singles Chart[5] 14
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play[2] 46
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales[2] 28
Chart (1999) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play[2] 1
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales[2] 8

1 Remix

Preceded by
"So Fine" by Howard Johnson
Billboard Hot Dance Club Play number one single
August 21, 1982 - September 11, 1982 (4 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Walking on Sunshine" by Rockers Revenge featuring Donnie Calvin
Preceded by
"All or Nothing" by Cher
Billboard Hot Dance Club Play number one single
October 9, 1999 - October 23, 1999 (3 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Waiting for Tonight" by Jennifer Lopez

References

  1. ^ "Situation", Dutch Mega Top 100 Lescharts.com (Retrieved January 15, 2009)
  2. ^ a b c d e f Billboard allmusic.com (Retrieved January 15, 2009)
  3. ^ "Situation" (remix), French Singles Chart Lescharts.com (Retrieved January 15, 2009)
  4. ^ German Singles Chart Charts-surfer.de (Retrieved January 15, 2009)
  5. ^ UK Singles Chart Chartstats.com (Retrieved January 15, 2009)

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See also

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