MANSUN Wide Open Space cd2
(Rare 1996 limited collectors edition UK 8-track 2-CD single set including a fold-out card picture sleeve CDRS6453).
Mansun – Wide Open Space on MUZU.TV.
Mansun ? Wide Open Space
Label: Parlophone ? 7243 8834962 8, Parlophone ? CDRS 6453
Series: Mansun EPs 4
Format: CD, EP, Limited Edition, CD2
Released: 25 Nov 1996
Style: Alternative Rock, Acoustic, Indie Rock, Brit Pop
1 Wide Open Space
Engineer Ian Caple, Mike Hunter
2 The Gods Of Not Very Much
Engineer Mike Hunter
3 Moronica (Acoustic Version)
Engineer Nick Griffiths
4 Lemonade Secret Drinker (Acoustic Version)
Engineer Nick Griffiths
Written-By Paul Draper
Disc 2 of a 2 CD set.
Issued in multi-gatefold card sleeve.
Barcode and Other Identifiers?
Barcode (Text): 7 24388 34962 8
Rights Society: bel BIEM
Label Code: LC 0299
“Wide Open Space” is a song by Chester rock band Mansun, released as a single on 25 November 1996. The song was the lead track of Four EP. The singles success led to alternate versions appearing on four of the next five Mansun singles. These versions were one live, one acoustic, and two remixes, the first and most popular by Perfecto and a NRG version by The Trouser Enthusiasts. A completely different version credited to longtime engineer Mike Hunter was included as a hidden bonus track on their compilation Kleptomania. The song also appears on The Sound of Gran Turismo, a soundtrack album based on Gran Turismo.
“Wide Open Space” was not the groups most successful single in terms of sales or UK chart position only reaching number 15 in the UK Singles Chart but it propelled the groups career and is their most well known song. It was also the only single that gained significant exposure in the US, and reached number 25 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart in 1997. Paul Draper later wrote that he was the sole writer and performer of the song. In the liner notes of Legacy: Best Of, Draper explained having recorded the entire song sans the vocals six months before he wrote the lyrics.
Two promo videos were filmed to promote the single. The first was directed by Paul Cunningham and featured the band playing in a small dilapidated room while Martino Lazzeri (Joe Williams from BBCs Grange Hill) walks around a city alienated and paranoid amidst vampiresque overtones. A second, simpler video was recorded for the US market, directed by Nigel Dick.
“Wide Open Space” became a dance anthem after being remixed by DJ and producer Paul Oakenfold (under the production alias Perfecto). This remix was included on Oakenfolds compilation Resident: Two Years of Oakenfold at Cream, as an indicator of being one of the most played songs at major UK nightclub Cream, as well as in nightclubs around the world, over the 19971999 period.
“Moronica” and “Lemonade Secret Drinker” appeared on CD2 as acoustic versions, and had previously appeared on the Groups first two EPs (One EP and Two EP).
CD2 Limited Edition
“Wide Open Space” 4:32
“The Gods of Not Very Much” 4:39
“Moronica (Acoustic Version)” 3:14
“Lemonade Secret Drinker (Acoustic Version)” 2:47
this absolutely kicked my musical/emotional arse. This was my Twin Peaks? of the music world, a real piece of art meets music and still makes fabulous sense. Most missed band for me, having seen them twice and never left disappointed. My favourite band of all time. As much as I like Oasis, Blur, Kula Shaker etc etc? Mansun were the GREATEST band of the nineties. They have a great sound, write great songs, they look good, yet they were sidelined. Maybe it was a record company thing… ‘what demographic do they fit in?’ kinda thing, ‘will it appeal to the 12-20 set? or are they more 18-35? lyrics are too risqué for the 12-18 set so… ya know, the usual claptrap that can undermine a bands rep/credibility.
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