The Ballad of Tom Jones

"The Ballad of Tom Jones" is a song by Space and Cerys Matthews, lead singer of the band Catatonia, which was released in 1998. Lead singer Tommy Scott described Tom Jones as 'brilliant'.[1] The song became a highly successful radio single, and resulted in Space performing with Jones in Jools Holland's' New Year's Eve television programme.[2]

"The Ballad of Tom Jones"
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Single by Space with Cerys Matthews
from the album Tin Planet
Released23 February 1998
FormatCD, 7" vinyl single, cassette
Recorded1997
Length4:11
LabelGut Records
Songwriter(s)Tommy Scott
Producer(s)Jeremy Wheatley, Space
Space singles chronology
"Avenging Angels"
(1997)
"The Ballad of Tom Jones"
(1998)
"Begin Again"
(1998)
Cerys Matthews singles chronology
"The Ballad of Tom Jones"
(1998)
"Baby, It's Cold Outside"
(1999)

The song peaked at number four in the United Kingdom, number 26 in Ireland, number 46 in Australia, and number 27 in New Zealand. It is the band's highest-selling single in their home country, earning a Silver certification from the British Phonographic Industry for sales of at least 200,000 copies.

Track listingsEdit

CD 1 (CDGUT18)

  1. "The Ballad of Tom Jones" - 4:13
  2. "Happy Endings" - 3:11
  3. "Now She's Gone" - 2:39
  4. "Stress Transmissions" - 3:54

CD 2 (CXGUT18)

  1. "The Ballad of Tom Jones"
  2. "The Ballad of Tom Jones" (cocktail lounge mix)
  3. "The Ballad of Tom Jones" (dirty beatniks mix)
  4. "The Ballad of Tom Jones" (sound 5 mix)
  5. "The Ballad of Tom Jones" (sure is pure dub mix)
  6. "The Ballad of Tom Jones" (SX dub 'Scratchin 'Cuckoo' Mix)
  7. "The Ballad of Tom Jones" (tom jones: axe to your head mix)

ChartsEdit

Weekly chartsEdit

Chart (1998) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[3] 46
Ireland (IRMA)[4] 26
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[5] 27
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[6] 4
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[7] 4
UK Indie (Official Charts Company)[8] 2

Year-end chartsEdit

Chart (1998) Position
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[9] 90

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[10] Silver 200,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Ellis, Lucy (2000). Tom Jones: close up. Omnibus. p. 339. ISBN 0711975493.
  2. ^ Buckley, Peter (2003). The Rough Guide to Rock. Rough Guides. pp. 179. ISBN 1858284570.
  3. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Space with Cerys of Catatonia – The Ballad of Tom Jones". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved 6 November 2018.
  4. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – The Ballad of Tom Jones". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 6 November 2018.
  5. ^ "Charts.nz – Space with Cerys of Catatonia – The Ballad of Tom Jones". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 6 November 2018.
  6. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 6 November 2018.
  7. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 6 November 2018.
  8. ^ "Official Independent Singles Chart Top 50". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 6 November 2018.
  9. ^ "Najlepsze single na UK Top 40-1998 wg sprzedaży" (in Polish). Official Charts Company. Archived from the original on 4 June 2015. Retrieved 30 April 2019.
  10. ^ "British single certifications – Space – The Ballad of Tom Jones". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 6 November 2018. Select singles in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Type The Ballad of Tom Jones in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.

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