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"A Little Respect" is a song written and recorded by the English synthpop duo Erasure, released in September 1988. The lyrics are a plea to a lover to show compassion and respect. It was their tenth single and was taken from their third studio album The Innocents. Known as one of their signature songs, "A Little Respect" reached number four on the UK Singles Chart and was Erasure's second consecutive Top 20 hit on the US Billboard Hot 100, where it made number 14, and reached number two on the US Hot Dance Club Songs chart.

"A Little Respect"
Erasure - A Little Respect.jpg
Single by Erasure
from the album The Innocents
B-side"Like Zsa Zsa Zsa Gabor", "Love Is Colder Than Death"
ReleasedSeptember 19, 1988
Format12", 7", CD
Recorded1988
GenreSynthpop, new wave[1]
Length3:32
LabelMute (UK)
Sire (U.S.)
Songwriter(s)Vince Clarke, Andy Bell
Producer(s)Stephen Hague
Erasure singles chronology
"Chains of Love"
(1988)
"A Little Respect"
(1988)
"Stop!"
(1988)

The song was written by Vince Clarke and Andy Bell. The heavily synthesized instrumentation is accentuated by acoustic guitar and Bell's vocal falsetto in the chorus. An acoustic version of appears on the Moon & the Sky Plus EP in the UK.

Contents

Track listingsEdit

7" single (MUTE85)

  1. "A Little Respect"
  2. "Like Zsa Zsa Zsa Gabor"

12" single (12MUTE85)

  1. "A Little Respect" (extended mix)
  2. "Like Zsa Zsa Zsa Gabor" (Mark Freegard mix)
  3. "Love Is Colder Than Death"

Limited 12" single (L12MUTE85)

  1. "A Little Respect" (Big Train mix)
  2. "Like Zsa Zsa Zsa Gabor" (Rico Conning mix)
  3. "Love Is Colder Than Death"

CD single (CDMUTE85)

  1. "A Little Respect"
  2. "A Little Respect" (extended mix)
  3. "Like Zsa Zsa Zsa Gabor" (Rico Conning mix)
  4. "Love Is Colder Than Death"

US 12" single (Sire 21059-0)

  1. "A Little Respect" (12″ vocal)
  2. "A Little Respect" (12″ house mix)
  3. "A Little Respect" (extended mix)
  4. "A Little Respect" (Big Train mix)
  5. "Like Zsa Zsa Gabor" (Rico Conning mix)

US cassette single (Sire 927738-4)

  1. "A Little Respect"
  2. "Like Zsa Zsa Gabor"

ChartsEdit

Chart (1988–1989) Peak
position
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[2] 26
Germany (Official German Charts)[3] 34
Ireland (IRMA)[4] 7
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[5] 24
Poland (LP3)[6] 14
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[7] 28
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[8] 4
US Billboard Hot 100 14
US Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs 2

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[9] Gold 500,000 

 sales+streaming figures based on certification alone

Wheatus versionEdit

"A Little Respect"
 
Single by Wheatus
from the album Wheatus
ReleasedJuly 9, 2001
Format7", CD
Recorded2000
GenrePop rock
Length3:19
LabelColumbia
Songwriter(s)Vince Clarke, Andy Bell
Producer(s)Wheatus
Philip A. Jimenez
Wheatus singles chronology
"Teenage Dirtbag"
(2000)
"A Little Respect"
(2001)
"Wannabe Gangstar" / "Leroy"
(2002)

American band Wheatus released the song in July 2001 as their second single from their debut album. The single peaked at number three in the United Kingdom, while reaching number 19 in Austria and number 41 in New Zealand.

Critical receptionEdit

Ayhan Sahin of Billboard magazine reviewed the song favorably, saying that the version is "surprisingly polished, paying serious homage to Brit synth popsters Andy Bell and Vince Clark." He goes on to say that the structure of the song stays "intact, as does that super-sticky chorus, with acoustic and electric guitars playing back and forth in place of the '80s electronic beats."[10]

Music videoEdit

The music video was directed by The Malloys and was released in July 2001. It featured Shawn Hatosy and Brittany Murphy.[11]

ChartsEdit

Weekly chartsEdit

Chart (2001) Peak
position
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[12] 19
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[13] 44
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[14] 13
Germany (Official German Charts)[15] 32
Ireland (IRMA)[16] 5
Italy (FIMI)[17] 28
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[18] 41
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[19] 1
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[20] 84
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[21] 3

Year-end chartsEdit

Chart (2001) Position
Ireland (IRMA)[22] 46
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[23] 69

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[24] Silver 200,000 

 sales+streaming figures based on certification alone

Audio Playground versionEdit

"(A Little) Respect"
 
Single by Audio Playground
ReleasedAugust 4, 2009 (CD Maxi Single)
December 3, 2009 (The Radio Collection)
Format7", CD
Recorded2009
GenreDance, pop
LabelCanwest Musicworks
Songwriter(s)Vince Clarke, Andy Bell
Audio Playground singles chronology
"(A Little) Respect"
(2009)
"Shadows"
(2010)

In 2009, Canadian dance act Audio Playground released a cover of the song titled "(A Little) Respect".

Track listEdit

The Radio Collection – EP

  1. "(A Little) Respect" (Rhythm radio edit) (3:16)
  2. "(A Little) Respect" (Vocal Electro radio edit) (3:05)
  3. "(A Little) Respect" (ballad version) (3:43)

CD Maxi-Single – EP

  1. "(A Little) Respect" (Rhythm radio edit) (3:16)
  2. "(A Little) Respect" (Mike Rizzo Funk Generation radio edit) (3:15)
  3. "(A Little) Respect" (Vocal Electro radio edit)" (3:05)
  4. "(A Little) Respect" (Carlos Berrios Afterdark Radio) (3:21)
  5. "(A Little) Respect" (Party mix radio edit) (3:24)
  6. "(A Little) Respect" (Rhythm extended mix) (5:00)
  7. "(A Little) Respect" (Mike Rizzo Funk Generation club mix) (5:35)
  8. "(A Little) Respect" (Vocal Electro mix extended) (5:37)
  9. "(A Little) Respect" (Carlos Berrios Afterdark mix) (4:15)
  10. "(A Little) Respect" (Party extended mix) (4:50)
  11. "(A Little) Respect" (L7K Electro dub mix) (7:07)
  12. "(A Little) Respect" (Anders Urban Slice mix) (3:39)
  13. "(A Little) Respect" (Ballad Version) (3:43)

Other cover versionsEdit

  • In 1992, ABBA tribute band Bjorn Again covered the song, scoring a UK #25 hit with their version.
  • In 1998, the song was recorded by the Portuguese band Silence 4 for their album Silence Becomes It.
  • In 1999, Argentine rock band Attaque 77 included an indie-rock version of "A Little Respect" sung in Spanish in their album Otras Canciones.
  • In 2011, Kim Wilde covered the song for her album Snapshots.
  • In 2011, CoLD SToRAGE recorded a chiptune cover of the track. [1]
  • In 2013, Anna Meredith released a cover of the track on her second EP for Moshi Moshi, Jet Black Raider, under the title ALR. [2]
  • In 2014, Juice Vocal Ensemble included an arrangement of the track on their second album, Laid Bare: Love Songs. [3]
  • In 2017, JD McPherson covered the track.[25]

Popular cultureEdit

  • An episode of Scrubs, "My Best Friend's Mistake," repeats the song throughout, comparing it to 'a virus' that keeps spreading.
  • In the movie D.E.B.S., Lucy Diamond lip-syncs to this song.
  • This song features as downloadable content for the Rock Band video game series.
  • This song features during a club scene in the HBO's series Looking.
  • Fans of Scottish football team Falkirk, English team Gateshead, and Northern Irish sides Glenavon and Crusaders regularly sing 'A Little Respect' at matches, as well as fans of the Northern Ireland national side.
  • English Rugby League club Hull Kingston Rovers have adopted the song as their anthem for their 2015 Challenge Cup run to the final with Andy Bell himself, posting a video of him singing the song from his home wishing them good luck for the final
  • The song is featured in Dance Central Spotlight as DLC.
  • On December 14, 2014, Neil Francis performed an impromptu version of the song in Kentish Town tube station, with most of the other tube patrons in the station gradually joining in; the video went viral globally with millions of views on Facebook.[26]
  • In the second season of the web television series "Narcos", Pacho Herrera turns the song's volume up as the drug smuggler "the Lion" is strangled by Navegante at Herrera's mansion.
  • The song was featured in the final scene of the 2015 South Korean film Seoul Searching.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Erasure: From Moscow to Mars - An Erasure Anthology". July 13, 2017.
  2. ^ "RPM 100 Singles" (PDF). RPM. Vol. 49 no. 20. March 13, 1989. p. 6. Retrieved March 24, 2019.
  3. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Erasure – A Little Respect". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 4 January 2019.
  4. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – A Little Respect". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 4 January 2019.
  5. ^ "Charts.nz – Erasure – A Little Respect". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 4 January 2019.
  6. ^ "Notowanie nr359" (in Polish). LP3. January 7, 1989. Retrieved March 22, 2019.
  7. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Erasure – A Little Respect". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved 4 January 2019.
  8. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 4 January 2019.
  9. ^ "British single certifications – Erasure – A Little Respect". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved January 4, 2019. Select singles in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type A Little Respect in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  10. ^ Billboard, July 14, 2001 - Vol. 113, No. 28, Page 26.
  11. ^ Featured in Wheatus Music Video 'A Little Respect'. Archived November 11, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Wheatus – A Little Respect" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  13. ^ "Ultratop.be – Wheatus – A Little Respect" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  14. ^ "Ultratop.be – Wheatus – A Little Respect" (in French). Ultratip.
  15. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Wheatus – A Little Respect". GfK Entertainment Charts.
  16. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – A Little Respect". Irish Singles Chart.
  17. ^ "Italiancharts.com – Wheatus – A Little Respect". Top Digital Download.
  18. ^ "Charts.nz – Wheatus – A Little Respect". Top 40 Singles.
  19. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  20. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Wheatus – A Little Respect". Swiss Singles Chart.
  21. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 20 December 2018.
  22. ^ "Ireland - Top Singles For 2001". Allcharts.org. Archived from the original on May 5, 2012. Retrieved December 16, 2018.
  23. ^ "The Official UK Singles Chart 2001" (PDF). UKChartsPlus. Retrieved May 22, 2018.
  24. ^ "British single certifications – Wheatus – A Little Respect". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved May 22, 2018. Select singles in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Type A Little Respect in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  25. ^ "Song premiere: JD McPherson covers 'A Little Respect'". The Current. Retrieved July 9, 2017.
  26. ^ DayVideoEdits (December 15, 2014). "Neil Francis singing on London Underground" – via YouTube.

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