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Redondo Beach (song)

"Redondo Beach" is a rock/reggae song written by Patti Smith, Richard Sohl and Lenny Kaye, and first released on Patti Smith's 1975 album Horses. It was also published as a poem in Smith's 1972 book kodak under the title "Radando Beach".

"Redondo Beach"
Song by Patti Smith
from the album Horses
ReleasedDecember 13, 1975 (1975-12-13)
Recorded1975
Genre
Length3:26
LabelArista
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)John Cale
Horses track listing
8 tracks
Side one
  1. "Gloria: In Excelsis Deo / Gloria"
  2. "Redondo Beach"
  3. "Birdland"
  4. "Free Money"
Disc two
  1. "Kimberly"
  2. "Break It Up"
  3. "Land: Horses / Land of a Thousand Dances / La Mer (De)"
  4. "Elegie"

The lyrics relate the suicide by drowning of a young woman following an argument with the song's narrator. It has frequently been interpreted as a lesbian-themed song; Smith appeared to encourage this interpretation in her live performances, frequently introducing the song with "Redondo Beach is a beach where women love other women".[1]

She later said that she wrote the lyrics in 1971 following a fight with her sister Linda; Linda subsequently disappeared for the day, causing Patti to worry that she had come to harm. Smith has also stated that she considers herself "beyond gender" in her artistic expression. Smith's lyrics were set to a reggae arrangement.[2][3]

Contents

Morrissey versionEdit

"Redondo Beach"
 
Single by Morrissey
from the album Live at Earls Court
A-side"There Is a Light That Never Goes Out" (live)
ReleasedMarch 28, 2005 (2005-03-28)
Format
RecordedDecember 18, 2004
VenueEarls Court, London
GenreAlternative rock
Length4:03
LabelAttack
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Peter Asher
Morrissey singles chronology
"I Have Forgiven Jesus"
(2004)
"Redondo Beach"
(2005)
"You Have Killed Me"
(2006)

The song was part of Morrissey's live set list throughout his December 2004 Arena Tour. "Redondo Beach / There Is a Light That Never Goes Out" was a double A-side single released by Morrissey to promote his live album Live at Earls Court in 2005.[4] The double A-side reached number 11 in the United Kingdom while "Redondo Beach" by itself reached number 33 in Sweden.

Track listingsEdit

7" vinyl

  1. "Redondo Beach" (live) (Patti Smith, Richard Sohl, Lenny Kaye) – 4:07
  2. "There Is a Light That Never Goes Out" (live) (Johnny Marr, Morrissey) – 4:50

CD single

  1. "There Is a Light That Never Goes Out" (live) (Johnny Marr, Morrissey) - 4:50
  2. "Redondo Beach" (live) (Patti Smith, Richard Sohl, Lenny Kaye) – 4:07
  3. "Noise Is the Best Revenge" (Janice Long session 2004) (Morrissey, Boz Boorer) - 4:03

DVD single

  1. "Redondo Beach" (live) (Patti Smith, Richard Sohl, Lenny Kaye) – 4:07
  2. "There Is a Light That Never Goes Out" (live) (Johnny Marr, Morrissey) – 4:50
  3. "It's Hard to Walk Tall When You're Small" (Janice Long session 2004) (Morrissey, Alain Whyte)
  4. "There Is a Light That Never Goes Out" (live promotional video)
  5. "There Is a Light That Never Goes Out" (video taken from Manchester Evening News Arena)

ChartsEdit

Chart (2005) Position
Europe (Eurochart Hot 100 Singles)[5] 41
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[6]
with "There Is a Light That Never Goes Out"
15
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[7] 33
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[8]
with "There Is a Light That Never Goes Out"
11
UK Indie (Official Charts Company)[9]
with "There Is a Light That Never Goes Out"
1
US Hot 100 Singles Sales (Billboard)[10] 10

Release historyEdit

Region Date Label Format Catalog
UK 2005 Attack Records 7" vinyl ATKSE011
UK 2005 Attack Records CD #1 ATKXS011
UK 2005 Attack Records CD #2 ATKXD011

Other cover versionsEdit

The song was performed by Angel Corpus Christi on I Love NY, her 1984 album of cover versions originally recorded by New York-based artists.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Allmusic.com review of Redondo Beach
  2. ^ Smith, P. (1998) "Patti Smith Complete 1975-2006". Bloomsbury, London.
  3. ^ "Even as a child I felt like an alien" - Patti Smith interview The Observer, 22 May 2005
  4. ^ "Redondo Beach / There Is A Light That Never Goes Out". Archived from the original on 2008-02-24. Retrieved 2008-03-04.
  5. ^ "European Hot 100 Singles". Billboard. 2005-04-16. Retrieved 2008-04-02.[dead link]
  6. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 17 January 2019.
  7. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Morrissey – Redondo Beach". Singles Top 100. Retrieved 17 January 2019.
  8. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 17 January 2019.
  9. ^ "Official Independent Singles Chart Top 50". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 17 January 2019.
  10. ^ "Hot Singles Sales". Billboard. 2005-04-30. Retrieved 2008-04-02.[dead link]

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