Paul Hardcastle: 19 extended version 12″ UK 1985. n-n-n-n-n-n-nineteen. Check video


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[in world war two the average age of the combat solier was 26. in vietnam he was 19]
The ultimate expression of musical transcendence and transmission of psychological trauma. So bitter. So harsh. So genius. So Perfect.
Sometimes it takes a foreigner (Hardcastle is British) to perceive things about a nation and make art out of it, like this.

Paul Hardcastle – 19 (Extended Version)
Label: Chrysalis
Catalog#: CHS 12 2860
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 45 RPM, Supersingle
Country: UK
Released: 1985
Genre: Electronic     Style: Electro, Synth-pop

A 19 (Extended Version) 5:13
B1 Fly By Night 3:30
B2 Dolores 3:40

“19” is a song by British musician Paul Hardcastle released as the first single from his self-titled third studio album Paul Hardcastle (1985). The song features dialogue by television narrator Peter Thomas, and a strong anti-war message. Nineteen topped the pop charts in the UK for five weeks, and reached the top twenty in the USA, where it also topped the dance chart. For a while, it was the top selling single in thirteen countries (helped by the fact that versions of the song were recorded in French, Spanish, German and Japanese), and it received the Ivor Novello award for Bestselling Single Of 1985. The songs English language release came in at least three different 12″ versions, each with an alternate cover design. Hardcastle was later sued by ABC for his unauthorized use of samples from the documentary.
The track is about Americas involvement in the Vietnam War and the effect it had on the soldiers who served. “19” features sampled dialogue and news reports from Vietnam Requiem, an ABC television documentary about the post-traumatic stress disorder suffered by veterans. In 2009, the song placed at #73 on VH1s 100 Greatest One-Hit Wonders of the 80s.
The title “19” comes from the documentarys claim that the average age of an American combat soldier in the war was 19, as compared to the claim of World War IIs 26. The song incorporated bits of interviews from soldiers as well. The song also comments that while the tour of duty was longer during WWII, soldiers in Vietnam were subject to hostile enemy fire almost every day.
The success of “19” meant that Hardcastles manager Simon Fuller, who had recently left Chrysalis Records to set up on his own, was able to use the funds to continue his business. He named the business 19 Management as a nod to the fact that the song enabled his start-up to continue and the number 19 has become of great significance to Fuller. Fuller went on to become the most successful British music manager of all time and was behind the success of the Spice Girls and American Idol. Hardcastle has continued his connections to 19 Entertainment and in 2009 created the sonic sound for the end card used at the end of 19s television shows.
The song inspired the videogame 19 Part One: Boot Camp.

Chart (1985) Peak position
Austrian Singles Chart 1
Canadian RPM Top Singles 2
France Singles Chart 15
German Singles Chart 1
Irish Singles Chart 1
Italian Singles Chart 1
Dutch Top 40 1
New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart 1
Norwegian Singles Chart 1
Swedish Singles Chart 1
Swiss Singles Chart 1
UK Singles Chart 1
U.S. Billboard Hot 100        15
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play 1

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Weight 0.25 kg


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