You're in a Bad Way


You're in a Bad Way

Single infobox
Name = You're in a Bad Way


Artist = Saint Etienne
from Album = So Tough
Released = 1 February, 1993
Format = 12" vinyl, cassette, 1 x CD
Cat. number = HVN 25| Recorded =
Genre = Britpop
Length = 3:20
Label = flagicon|UK Heavenly - HVN 25
flagicon|USA Warner - 9-18563
Producer = Alan Tarney
Reviews =
Last single = "Avenue"
(1992)
This single = "You're in a Bad Way"
(1993)
Next single = "Hobart Paving"
(1993) |

"You're in a Bad Way" is a song by British pop group Saint Etienne. It appears on their 1992 album "So Tough" and was released as a single in 1993. It is one of the group's biggest hits, reaching #12 on the UK Singles Chart. The single, produced by Alan Tarney, is slightly different from the version on "So Tough".

The song is a deliberately old-fashioned throwback to 1960s pop music. In an interview with "Melody Maker" magazine, Bob Stanley claims that it was written in ten minutes as a simple imitation of Herman's Hermits, and was only intended to be a B-side, but the record company decided that it should be a single. [http://www.saint.etienne.net/saint/etienne?http://etienne.net/ec/Youre_In_A_Bad_Way.disc.html]

The song begins with a sample from the film "Billy Liar" (1963): "A man could lose himself in London. Lose himself. "Lose" himself. Lose himself in London!" The lyrics describe a man who is depressed and has ceased to care for himself - the singer tells him "jeans are old and your hair's all wrong / Don't you know that crewcuts and trainers are out again?" The singer invites him to "just dial my number or call my name".

On the single, between this track and "Archway People", there is a sample of dialogue from the film "Brighton Rock" spoken by Richard Attenborough

There are two videos for the song. One is a low-budget production featuring split-screen photography of the band performing in a blank space and wearing restrained 60s attire. The other is more spectacular: the band performs in a stylized, garishly-coloured version of a 1960s TV show, with a scantily-clad dancers and a backdrop of retro home furnishing.

Tracklisting

7": Heavenly / HVN 25 (UK)

# "You're In A Bad Way" - 3:20
# "Archway People" - 3:26

7": Warner / 9-18563-7 (US)

# "You're In A Bad Way" - 3:02
# "California Snow Story" - 4:20

12: Heavenly / HVN 25-12 (UK)

# "You're In A Bad Way" - 3:20
# "Archway People" - 3:26
# "California Snow Story" - 4:20
# "Duke Duvet" - 3:31

* also available on CD (HVN 25CD)

CD: Warner / PRO-CD-5948 (US)

# "You're In A Bad Way" - 3:08
# "You're In A Bad Way" (Alternative Mix) - 2:43
# "St. Etienne Speaks..." - 9:17

* Track 3: "St. Etienne Speaks... The truth and trauma in their own words behind England's dukes and duchess of pop!"


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