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Sweat (A La La La La Long)

"Sweat (A La La La La Long)" is a song by the Jamaican reggae fusion group Inner Circle. It was released in 1992 as the lead single from their album, Bad to the Bone.

"Sweat (A La La La La Long)"
Sweat (a la la la la long).jpg
Single by Inner Circle
from the album Bad to the Bone
Released10 July 1992 (1992-07-10)
Format
Recorded1992
GenreReggae fusion
Length3:46
Label
  • Warner
  • WEA
Songwriter(s)
  • Ian Lewis
  • Roger Lewis
Producer(s)Ian Lewis, Roger Lewis,
Touter Harvey
Inner Circle singles chronology
"Bad Boys"
(1992)
"Sweat (A La La La La Long)"
(1992)
"Rock with You"
(1993)
Music video
"Sweat (A La La La La Long)" on YouTube

The song achieved a great success particularly in Europe, where it was a top 10 hit in many countries, including Austria, Denmark, Greece, Ireland, Norway and Sweden. It topped the charts in Switzerland and Germany for six and twelve weeks, respectively. It also reached number one in Belgium, the Netherlands, and Portugal. Outside Europe, "Sweat" was a hit in Australia, reaching number two, and New Zealand, where it reached number one. It reached number three in the United Kingdom and number 16 in the United States. The song was also ranked number 94 on the Triple J Hottest 100, 1993.

Critical receptionEdit

The song received positive reviews from music critics. Larry Flick from Billboard wrote that the track "clips along at a fun and swaying pace. Topping on the cake is a sing-along refrain and chorus that will be the soundtrack to a bright summer day."[1] Australian music channel Max placed "Sweat" at number 843 in their list of "1000 Greatest Songs of All Time" in 2017.[2] New Strait Times said that "their pop-reggae may not be all that provocative or tough-edged, but it's supple and eminently hummable."[3] Andrew Love from Ocala Star-Banner noted the song as one of the "greats" on their Bad Boys album.[4]

Track listingsEdit

CD maxi
  1. "Sweat" (original version) — 3:46
  2. "Sweat" (sweatbox construction) — 7:56
  3. "Sweat" (circle zone dub mix) — 5:14
  4. "Bad Boys" (original mix) — 3:51
12" maxi
Europe
  1. "Sweat" (swemix remix) — 5:35
  2. "Sweat" (sweatbox construction) — 7:51
  3. "Sweat" (circle zone dub mix) — 5:09
U.S.
  1. "Sweat" (Don T's dancehall version) — 3:54
  2. "Sweat" (JJ's glamarama remix) — 5:27
  3. "Sweat" (Don T's dub version) — 3:53
  4. "Sweat" (Dave Morales def mix) — 4:53
  5. "Sweat" (Dave's def raggamuffin dub) — 4:07
  6. "Sweat" (original version) — 3:46
7" single
  1. "Sweat" (original version) — 3:46
  2. "Bad Boys" (original mix) — 3:50
Cassette
  1. "Sweat" (original version) — 3:46
  2. "Bad Boys" (original mix) — 3:50
  3. "Sweat" (original version) — 3:46
  4. "Bad Boys" (original mix) — 3:50
CD maxi - Remixes
  1. "Sweat" (swemix edit) — 4:20
  2. "Sweat" (JJ's glamarama remix) — 5:27
  3. "Sweat" (original version) — 3:46
  4. "Sweat" (JJ's ragga zone dub) — 4:16
  5. "Sweat" (DJ beats) — 2:30

Covers and adaptationsEdit

The popularity of the song has resulted in many covers and even parodies. The song in Malaysia spawned a parody song by Poe called "Alalalala Tuk (Jangan Saman)" (Please Officer, Don't Fine Me).

The winner of season 7 of the German music competition Deutschland sucht den Superstar in 2010 Mehrzad Marashi had it as his debut release after his win. The release also featured Mark Medlock winner in the same show in season four in 2007.

Charts and salesEdit

Mehrzad Marashi and Mark Medlock versionEdit

"Sweat (A La La La La Long)"
Single by Mehrzad Marashi and
Mark Medlock
Released2010
FormatCD single
Recorded2010
GenreReggae fusion, pop
Songwriter(s)Ian Lewis, Roger Lewis
Producer(s)Dieter Bohlen

In 2010, Mehrzad Marashi and Mark Medlock (both winners of Deutschland sucht den Superstar) released a joint cover version.

The song was a big success in Europe topping at number two in Germany, number seven in Austria and number 16 in Switzerland.

ReferencesEdit

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