Back on the Chain Gang
Name = Back on the Chain Gang
from Album =
Learning to Crawl
Recorded = 20 July 1982, AIR Studios, London
Genre = Rock
Last single = "I Go To Sleep"
This single = "Back on the Chain Gang"
Next single = "
My City Was Gone"
"Back on the Chain Gang" is a song by
The Pretendersfrom their third studio album " Learning to Crawl" (1984). It was released as the album's first single in 1982 (see 1982 in music), two years before the album was released, and reached number five on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100as the band's highest charting single, number four on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Trackschart and number 17 in the United Kingdom.
The song was originally going to be about
Ray Davies, leader of the band The Kinks. Hynde and Davies were a couple and had a daughter together, but the meaning of the song changed after James Honeyman-Scott, the Pretenders guitarist, died of a drug overdose at the age of 25 in 1982.
The memorable chain-gang chant heard during the chorus of the song echoes a similar chant on
Sam Cooke's song " Chain Gang."
Name = Fotos y Recuerdos
from Album =
Released = February, 1995
CD Promo single
Genre = Latin
Length = 2:45
Label = EMI
Producer = AB Quintanilla III
Last single = "
No Me Queda Mas"
This single = "Fotos y Recuerdos"
Next single = "
I Could Fall In Love"
The late Mexican-American singer
Selenaincluded a cover version with all-new Spanish lyrics on her album " Amor Prohibido". The song was retitled "Fotos y Recuerdos" (which translates as "Photos and Memories"), and even though there were no references to prisoners in the Spanish lyrics, Selena's version still used the chain-gang chant hook in the chorus. The song became very successful on the "Billboard" Hot Latin Trackscharts, peaking at number 1 for seven weeks [cite web |title="Hot Latin Tracks" on Billboard.com |url=http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/esearch/chart_display.jsp?cfi=363&cfgn=Singles&cfn=Hot+Latin+Songs&ci=3020263&cdi=6944336&cid=05%2F27%2F1995|accessdate=1995-04-27] .
Number-one hits of 1995 (U.S. Hot Latin Tracks)
* [http://www.pretenders.org/lyback.htm Lyrics to "Back on the Chain Gang"]
* [http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000E1ZBHC/ Listen to sample of "Back on the Chain Gang"]
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