|Back On The Chain Gang|
|Produced by Chris Thomas|
|Released on October 1982|
|US CHART POSITION #5 . . . UK CHART POSITION #17|
|Find it at GEMM|
|7-29840 w. picture sleeve
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O ne of the best singles of all time, period. I’ve read that “Back on the Chain Gang” was written for Ray Davies but became an elegy for James Honeyman-Scott after his death on June 16, 1982. The lyrics certainly make more sense in the context of a failed relationship, and prove once again that Ray Davies is the root of all great pop music. The B side, “My City Was Gone,” effectively makes this a double single; though it wasn’t released as an A side, radio stations treated it that way. Note that the 7-inch version of “My City Was Gone” is 53 seconds shorter than the subsequent elpee version (which was probably the UK “long” version alluded to on the 12-inch release) and (unless my ears deceive me) features echo on the snare hits that wasn’t there for the elpee.
BILLY BREMNER -- guitars
TONY BUTLER -- bass
MARTIN CHAMBERS -- drums
CHRISSIE HYNDE -- guitar, vocals
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|REGION||RELEASE DATE||LABEL||MEDIA||ID NUMBER||FEATURES|
|UK||October 1982||Real||7"/12||ARE-19/T||picture sleeve|
|US||December 1982||Sire||7"||7-29840||picture sleeve|
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