Thrill Me (Simply Red song)

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"Thrill Me"
Single by Simply Red
from the album Stars
ReleasedSeptember 1991 (album)
21 April 1992 (single)
Genre Blue-eyed soul, sophisti-pop
Songwriter(s) Mick Hucknall, Fritz McIntyre
Producer(s) Mick Hucknall
Simply Red singles chronology
"For Your Babies"
"Thrill Me"
"Your Mirror"
Music video
"Thrill Me" on YouTube

"Thrill Me" is a 1991 song by British soul and pop band Simply Red. Written by Mick Hucknall and Fritz McIntyre, it was released as the fourth single from their fourth album, Stars . It reached number 33 on the UK chart in May 1992. [1] The single also reached number five in Zimbabwe, number 30 in Ireland and number 58 in the Netherlands. It was later included on the band's compilation albums, Greatest Hits in 1996, Simply Red 25: The Greatest Hits in 2008 and Song Book 1985–2010 in 2013.


Critical reception

A reviever from Liverpool Echo stated that on the song, Hucknall's voice "can still turn your spine to jelly". [2] Pan-European magazine Music & Media commented that the singer is "again gently shaking his red dreadlocks in a sensual dance rhythm." [3] Alan Jones from Music Week picked it as Pick of the Week, adding that the song is "bound for the upper reaches of the chart. After the Granada documentary on the band on Sunday, it should also ensure that Stars continues to sell like hotcakes for the foreseeable future." [4] Pop Rescue said it "feels much less structured and slower, and Mick's vocals and lyrics here are weaker." They also noted its saxophone solo. [5] Karla Peterson from The Press-Courier described it as a "atmospheric ballad". [6] Al Walentis from Reading Eagle viewed the song as "high-spirited". [7] Johnny Dee from Smash Hits gave it three out of five, describing it as a "seriously jazzy meandering, that snoozes along in a relaxing Sunday lay-in fashion." [8] Another editor, Polly Birkbeck wrote that the song is "quite a stonker with plinky plonky Elton John piano". [9]

Music video

A music video was made to accompany the song. It was directed by Steven Lock [10] and shows the band performing at a concert.

Track listing

7" single, Germany (1992)
1."Thrill Me"3:52
2."Thrill Me" (Nellee Hooper Mix)4:08
12" single, UK (1992)
1."Thrill Me" (Connoisseur's Mix) 
2."Thrill Me" (Stewart Levine's Club Mix)6:55
3."Thrill Me" (Nellee Hooper Dub Mix) 
CD single, UK (1992)
1."Thrill Me"3:54
2."Thrill Me" (Nellee Hooper Mix)4:07
3."Thrill Me" (Live)5:15
4."When You've Got A Good Friend"1:58


Chart (1992)Peak
Australia (ARIA) [11] 109
Europe Dance ( Music & Media ) [12] 6
Ireland (IRMA) [13] 30
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40 Tipparade) [14] 4
Netherlands (Single Top 100) [15] 58
UK Singles (OCC) [1] 33
UK Dance ( Music Week ) [16] 53
Zimbabwe (ZIMA) [17] 5

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