God (Tori Amos song)

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"God"
Tamos-godmax.jpg
U.S. CD maxi-single
Single by Tori Amos
from the album Under the Pink
B-side
  • "Home on the Range" (Cherokee Edition)
  • "All the Girls Hate Her/Over It (Piano Suite)"
  • "Sister Janet"
ReleasedFebruary 3, 1994 (1994-02-03)
Length3:58
Label
Songwriter(s) Tori Amos
Producer(s)
Tori Amos singles chronology
"Cornflake Girl"
(1994)
"God"
(1994)
"Pretty Good Year"
(1994)

"God" is a song by American singer-songwriter and musician Tori Amos. It was released as the fourth single from her second studio album Under the Pink . It was released on February 3, 1994, by Atlantic Records in North America (as a first single), on May 2, in Australia (as a second single), and on October 3 by EastWest Records in the UK. The song reached number 44 on the UK Singles Chart, [1] as well as number one on the US Modern Rock Tracks chart. [2] It also became Amos' first single to chart on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number 72. [3]

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Releases

The B-sides to the American release included Amos' reworking of "Home on the Range", with new lyrics, as well as a two-song instrumental piano suite. An American cassette single featured the b-side "Sister Janet".

A completely different single was released in Europe on CD, 12-inch and 7-inch vinyl single, and cassette. The 7-inch single was a glossy dual sided picture disc. The various formats featured ambient and jungle house remixes of the track by CJ Bolland, Carl Craig and The Joy.

Music video

The music video for "God" directed by Melodie McDaniel [4] features Amos in a variety of religiously-themed situations, such as a scene visually comparing a tefillin used by a rabbi with a basketball player using a belt while injecting drugs. The video is often remembered for scenes of Amos singing in front of a lit candle, dancing with a plethora of brown rats (possibly at the Rat temple); this was commented on in an episode of the television show Beavis and Butt-head , and parodying a snake cult.

Track listings

US CD single

  1. "God" – 3:58
  2. "Home on the Range" (Cherokee Edition) – 5:25
  3. Piano Suite: "All the Girls Hate Her" – 2:23
  4. Piano Suite: "Over It" – 2:11

US cassette single

  1. "God" – 3:58
  2. "Sister Janet" – 4:02

US promotional CD single

  1. "God" (No Guitar) – 3:58
  2. "God" (Some Guitar) – 3:58
  3. "God" – 3:58

UK and German CD single

  1. "God" – 3:58
  2. "God" (The Dharma Kayã Mix) – 12:34
  3. "God" (The Rainforest Resort Mix) – 10:32
  4. "God" (The Thinking Mix 2) – 9:50

UK 12-inch single

  1. "God" (The Thinking Mix 2) – 9:50
  2. "God" (a cappella vocal and Rain Mix) – 4:42
  3. "God" (The Rainforest Resort Mix) – 10:32
  4. "God" (The CJ Bolland Mix) – 5:58

UK 7-inch and cassette single

  1. "God" – 3:58
  2. "God" (A cappella vocal and Rain Mix) – 4:42

Charts

Chart (1994)Peak
position
Australia (ARIA) [5] [6] 65
Canada Top Singles ( RPM ) [7] 87
Scotland (OCC) [8] 41
UK Singles (OCC) [1] 44
US Billboard Hot 100 [3] 72
US Alternative Airplay ( Billboard ) [2] 1

Release history

RegionDateFormat(s)Label(s)Ref.
United StatesFebruary 3, 1994N/A Atlantic [ citation needed ]
AustraliaMay 2, 1994
  • CD
  • cassette
[9]
United KingdomOctober 3, 1994
  • 12-inch vinyl
  • CD
  • cassette
EastWest [10]

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