Trouble (Heaven 17 song)

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"Trouble"
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Single by Heaven 17
from the album Pleasure One
B-side "Move Out"
Released5 January 1987 [1]
Genre Synthpop, new wave
Length4:00
Label Virgin Records
Songwriter(s) Glenn Gregory, Ian Craig Marsh, Martyn Ware
Producer(s) Heaven 17
Heaven 17 singles chronology
"Contenders"
(1986)
"Trouble"
(1987)
"The Ballad of Go Go Brown"
(1988)

"Trouble" is a song by the British new wave and synth-pop band Heaven 17, which was released in 1987 as the second and final single from their fourth studio album Pleasure One . [2] It was written and produced by Glenn Gregory, Ian Craig Marsh and Martyn Ware. The song peaked at No. 51 in the UK and spent four weeks on the chart. [3] It was a bigger success in Germany where it reached No. 17. [4]

Contents

A music video was filmed to promote the single. The 12" single re-titled as "(Big) Trouble". [5]

Critical reception

On its release, Lesley O'Toole of Record Mirror wrote, "Once upon a time, if you didn't own a copy of 'Fascist Groove Thang', you were much too untrendy to be seen associating with. Since then, Heaven 17 have cobbled together the odd pearl of synthesised wisdom, but with decreasing regularity. 'Trouble' does little to alleviate fears that the rot is setting in, being just another mish-mash of unexciting keyboard riffs and irritatingly distinctive Glenn Gregory mouthings." [6] Aaron Badgley of AllMusic said in a review of Pleasure One, "Some of the Pleasure One songs are among their best, including the wonderful 'Trouble' and 'Contenders.' The guitar work in 'Trouble' makes the song itself." [7]

Formats

7" single
  1. "Trouble" - 4:00
  2. "Move Out" - 3:19
12" single
  1. "(Big) Trouble" - 5:49
  2. "Trouble (LP version)" - 4:17
  3. "Move Out" - 3:19
12" single (promo)
  1. "Trouble (At Mill Mix)" - 6:42
  2. "(Big) Trouble (Vocal)" - 5:49
12" single (limited edition gatefold)
  1. "(Big) Trouble (Extended Mix)" - 5:51
  2. "Move Out (Album Mix)" - 3:20
  3. "Trouble (U.S. Club Mix)" - 6:45
  4. "Contenders (U.S. Club Mix)" - 7:47

Chart performance

Chart (1987)Peak
position
German Singles Chart [8] 17
UK Singles Chart [3] 51

Personnel

Heaven 17
Additional personnel

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