Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye
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"Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye" is a song written and recorded by Paul Leka, Gary DeCarlo and Dale Frashuer, attributed to a then-fictitious band they named "Steam". It was released under the Mercury subsidiary label Fontana and became a number one pop single on the Billboard Hot 100 in late 1969, and remained on the charts in early 1970.
|"Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye"|
|Single by Steam|
|from the album Steam|
|B-side||"It's the Magic in You Girl"|
|Recorded||1969 in New York at Mercury Sound Studios|
|Genre||Pop, psychedelic pop, pop rock|
|Length||4:08 (LP version)|
6:20 (Long version)
3:45 (45 version)
2:59 (45 radio version)
|Label||Fontana F 1667 (U.S.)|
|Songwriter(s)||Paul Leka, Gary DeCarlo, Dale Frashuer|
|Steam singles chronology|
In 1977, Chicago White Sox organist Nancy Faust began playing the song when White Sox sluggers knocked one out of the park. It later was adopted for thowing out the opposing pitcher. The fans would sing and a sports ritual was born. The song's chorus remains well-known, and is still frequently used as a crowd chant at many sporting events. It is generally directed at the losing side in an elimination contest when the outcome is all but certain or when an individual player is ejected or disqualified. It has also been observed by crowds in political rallies to drown out and mock disruptive protesters who are being escorted out by security.
Paul Leka, Gary DeCarlo and Dale Frashuer wrote a blues shuffle version of the song in the early 1960s when they were members of a doo-wop group from Bridgeport, Connecticut, called the Glenwoods, the Citations, and the Chateaus, of which Leka was the piano player. The group disbanded when Leka talked Frashuer into going into New York City with him to write and possibly produce. In 1968, DeCarlo recorded four songs at Mercury Records in New York with Leka as producer. The singles impressed the company's executives, who wanted to issue all of them as A-side singles. In need of a B-side, Leka and DeCarlo resurrected an old song from their days as the Glenwoods, "Kiss Him Goodbye", with their old bandmate, Frashuer.
With DeCarlo as lead vocalist, they recorded the song in one recording session. Instead of using a full band, Leka played keyboards himself and had engineer Warren Dewey splice together a drum track from one of DeCarlo's four singles and a conga drum solo by Ange DiGeronimo recorded in Mr. Leka's Bridgeport, Conn. studio for an entirely different session. "I said we should put a chorus to it (to make it longer)", Leka told Fred Bronson in The Billboard Book of Number One Hits. "I started writing while I was sitting at the piano going 'na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na'... Everything was 'na na' when you didn't have a lyric." Gary added "hey hey". The group that is seen on the album cover and in the old black and white video was a road group that had nothing to do with the recording. The road group was lip syncing to DeCarlo's vocal in the video.
"Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye" reached number one in the United States for two weeks, on December 6 and 13, 1969; it was Billboard's final multi-week number 1 hit of the 1960s and also peaked at number twenty on the soul chart. In Canada, the song reached number six. By the beginning of the 21st century, sales of "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye" had exceeded 6.5 million records, attaining gold record status.
|"Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye"|
|Single by Bananarama|
|from the album Deep Sea Skiving|
|B-side||"Tell Tale Signs"|
|Released||14 February 1983|
|Format||7" single, 12" single|
|Songwriter(s)||Gary DeCarlo, Dale Frashuer, Paul Leka|
|Producer(s)||Jolley & Swain|
|Bananarama singles chronology|
In February 1983, UK girl group Bananarama released the song as a single from their album Deep Sea Skiving. This version became a top ten hit in the United Kingdom (#5), but only a minor hit in the US (Billboard #101) later that year.
- UK & USA 7" vinyl single
UK: London Records NANA 4; USA: London Records 810 115-7
- "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye" 3:22
- "Tell Tale Signs" 2:58
- UK 12" vinyl single
London Records NANX 4
- "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye" (Extended Version) 4:52
- "Na Na Hey Hey Na (Dub) Hey" 4:12
- "Tell Tale Signs" (Extended Version) 4:46
The music video features the band playing in a school playground and then being made to move by a group of lads. They then decide to join a boxing club so the video features them singing the song whilst boxing. By the end of the video they return to the playground wearing leathers and this time make the group of lads move away. They then ride off into the night on motorbikes.
Other Cover versionsEdit
The Belmonts recorded an a cappella version, which can be found as a track on their 1972 album Cigars, Acappella, Candy.
Dave Clark & Friends released the song in October 1973 under the title "Sha-Na-Na-Na (Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye)" (EMI 2082), but the single did not chart.
In 1987, Canadian quartet The Nylons released an a cappella version of this song as a single under the shortened title "Kiss Him Goodbye". It became their biggest hit on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number twelve that summer.
The Donna Summer compilation album Gold (a 1995 release exclusively for the Netherlands) contains a 3:42 disco cover of the song.
In 2014 the Norwegian artist Adelén used the chorus line of the song on her World Cup song "Olé." The song was one of the tracks on the One Love, One Rhythm - The 2014 FIFA World Cup Official Album. The song peaked at number #3 in Norway.
"Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye" bears a resemblance to the coda of The Beatles' 1968 song "Hey Jude".
In popular cultureEdit
The song is typically sung by the crowd in NBA games, as a noteworthy opposing player is ejected due to personal, technical or flagrant fouls.
Since 2003, it has been used at cricket matches in England and Wales during the T20 Blast to celebrate wickets.
On January 23, 2006, Paul Martin was defeated by Stephen Harper as Prime Minister of Canada. Martin had acceded to the prime ministry following the ouster of Jean Chrétien. The next day's issue of La Voix de l'Est, a French newspaper in Granby, Quebec, included a cartoon by Paquette showing Chrétien calling Martin and singing "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye".
At the 2009 and 2017 Presidential Inaugurations, some audiences were chanting "Na na na na" to the departing Presidents, respectively George W. Bush and Barack Obama.[additional citation(s) needed]
On May 4, 2017, after the House of Representatives voted to pass the American Health Care Act which partially repealed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Democratic representatives chanted "Na na na na, hey hey, goodbye" to Republican representatives, implying that in voting for the bill, they would lose their House seats in the next election. DeCarlo was happy to hear of the song getting renewed exposure, but said he opposed Obamacare. It was not the first time the song had been sung in Congress; in 1993, after Democrats voted for then-President Bill Clinton's tax bill, House Republicans sang "Goodbye". 
In January 2019, GMC launched an advertising campaign for its 2019 Sierra 1500 pickup truck, focusing on GMC's new MultiPro tailgate feature. The commercial shows owners of competing pickups carrying tailgates from those trucks and singing "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye" while heading to the top of a mountain.
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- Paul Leka confirmed some months before his death that the conga solo was in fact Mr. DiGeronimo's. It had been recorded in Bridgeport as part of a session with the band "Yazoo Fraud," then under contract with Mr. Leka's production company.
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- "NFL TV Commercial, 'Get Ready for the NFL Playoffs'". Retrieved January 20, 2019.
- "Flashback: Bush booed, mocked by 'Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye' song at '09 Obama inaugural". The Blaze. January 20, 2017.
- Ken Stone. "'Hey Hey, Goodbye' songman liked Dems' House chant, not Obamacare". MyNewsLA.com. May 4, 2017.
- Haag, Matthew (May 4, 2017). "Democrats Taunt Republicans With 'Hey, Hey, Hey, Goodbye' During Health Vote". The New York Times.
- "GMC Launches Awesome New Ad Campaign For 2019 Sierra". GM Authority. Retrieved February 10, 2019.