Stick Around (Julian Lennon song)

"Stick Around" is the first and lead single from Julian Lennon's 1986 second album The Secret Value of Daydreaming. The song was released at a time when Lennon's solo career was at its peak, following his successful with the debut album Valotte (1984).

"Stick Around"
Stick Around cover art.jpg
Single by Julian Lennon
from the album The Secret Value of Daydreaming
B-side"Always Think Twice"
Released3 March 1986 (US)
10 March 1986 (UK)
Format7" vinyl, 12" vinyl
GenreSynth-pop, pop rock, new wave[1]
LabelCharisma (UK)
Atlantic (US)
Songwriter(s)Julian Lennon
Producer(s)Phil Ramone
Julian Lennon singles chronology
"Stick Around"
"This Is My Day"

It was a No. 1 hit on Billboard's Mainstream Rock and No. 32 on their Hot 100 chart, [2] but failed in the U.K., reaching only No. 86 in the UK Singles Chart[3] The song was also a minor hit in several countries around the world: Belgium (No. 21), Australia (No. 79) and Canada (No. 31).

Background and writingEdit

The expression “stick around” is a popular English idiom used to describe stay somewhere and wait for someone or for something to happen. Lennon composed his song between late 1985 and early 1986 with this lyrical context, to describe a man with couple problems waiting for a possible apology "to stay" and continue the romantic relationship, although it is unknown what inspired his sentiments.

“Stick Around" features a distinctive synthesizer line as primary sound, as well a powerful guitar riff played by Lennon's close friend and bandmate Justin Clayton. The song is fully credited to Lennon, but Clayton had a very important role in to complete its musical composition. About this, Lennon said:

"Justin sat down and just listened to it over and over again", Lennon, who started going back and forth with the guitarist, eventually coming up with the recurring line 'if you wanna' bit of the song. Unfortunately, Lennon wasn’t recording their efforts. "I didn’t tape it. ‘What was it again? I can’t lose it!’ But I forgot one bit, and he [Justin] reminded me, so I finally got it together. If he hadn't been there, it would’ve been half a song at the moment".[4]

Music videoEdit

"Stick Around" is notable for its funny and original music video, directed by Jerry Kramer (known by Michael Jackson's anthology musical film Moonwalker) and Douglas Martin, which was widely aired on MTV in that time.[5]

It shows Julian Lennon sitting in his apartment while his girlfriend is leaving him. After she's gone, many people enter and leave in short scenes in a video played at high speed. He has three different love relationships with continuous changes of furniture and decor through the course of several days. At the end, Lennon's girlfriend returns home and they reconcile.

It was relatively star-packed, featuring brief appearances from Michael J. Fox, Joe Piscopo, Martin Kove, Playboy playmate Peggy McIntaggart and Jami Gertz, who plays Lennon's apparently long-suffering girlfriend in the opening and closing moments of the video.[6]

Track listingEdit

7" Single
  1. "Stick Around" – 4:03
  2. "Always Think Twice" – 3:57
12" Maxi Single
  1. "Stick Around" (Extended) – 6:08
  2. "Stick Around" (Single) – 4:01
  3. xAlways Think Twice" – 3:54


Production and engineering


Year-end chartsEdit

Chart (1896) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[7] 79
Belgium (VRT Radio 2)[8] 21
Canada RPM Top Singles[9] 31
UK (UK Singles Chart)[10] 86
US Billboard Hot 100[11] 32
US Mainstream Rock[12] 1


  1. ^ Stick Around on Discogs
  2. ^ "Billboard chart history for Stick Around" Retrieved 9 July 2010.
  3. ^ [1] Chart Stats. Retrieved 9 July 2010.
  4. ^ Happy 30th: Julian Lennon, “Stick Around” | Rhino.
  5. ^ Stick Around on IMDB
  6. ^ Secret Value: Stick Around
  7. ^ "Forum – ARIA Charts: Special Occasion Charts – Top 100 Singles 1986". Hung Medien. Retrieved 31 December 2016.
  8. ^ "Sttick Around Julian Lennon". Retrieved 27 June 2019.
  9. ^ "RPM's Top 100 Singles of 1985". RPM. Vol. 43 no. 16. 28 December 1985. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  10. ^
  11. ^ Julian Lennon on Billboard Hot 100
  12. ^ Julian Lennon on Mainstream Rock<

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