release details   CD 1 ‘Joke (I’m laughing)’ single, CD1 insert (85% size)
terr. label format pack. cat. no. rel. date
uk Blanco y Negro CDS S NEG72CD
[4509-97176-2]
1994-08-01
tracks
  1. Joke (I’m laughing)   (Hewerdine)   3:52
  2. Saturday night   (Paul Buchanan)   4:58
  3. Wonderboy   (Ray Davies)   2:38
note
the track ‘Wonderboy’ was re-released two years later on the Town without pity single [CD1]
cover art : M@ Maitland
(photo: Kevin Westenberg)

‘Joke (I’m laughing)’ single, CD2 insert (85% size) release details   CD 2
terr. label format pack. cat. no. rel. date
uk Blanco y Negro CDS Dd NEG72CDX
[4509-97224-2]
limited edition
1994-08-08
tracks
  1. Joke (I’m laughing)   (Hewerdine)   3:52
  2. Three crosses   (Neill MacColl/Calum MacColl/Leroy Lendor/Robert Bond III) 4:14
  3. Go and sit upon the grass   (Ivor Cutler)   1:25
note
each copy is numbered, in the box at the top right-hand corner of the cover, with a four-digit metal numbering machine; copies in the 3000–4000 range have been seen
cover art : M@ Maitland
(photo: Kevin Westenberg)

release details   MCS and 7" sorry: cover picture of
cassette or 7-inch single
not yet available
terr. label format pack. cat. no. rel. date
uk Blanco y Negro MCS - NEG72C
[4509-97175-4?]
1994-08-01
uk Blanco y Negro 7" ps? NEG72
[4509-97175-7]
1994-08-01
tracks
  1. Joke (I’m laughing)   (Hewerdine)   3:52
  2. Saturday night   (Paul Buchanan)   4:58

personnel
musicians
Eddi Reader lead vocal, backing vocals, tambourine
with the band :
Teddy Borowiecki piano, organ, keyboards, guitar, accordian [sic]
Dean Parks guitars, guitar percussion
David Piltch bass
Curt Bisquera drums, percussion
Roy Dodds drums
and guests :
Greg Penny percssion
John Ingoldsby backing vocals
Katia Lempkowicz backing vocals
technical
produced by : Greg Penny
CD 1 track 2 : produced by Teddy Borowiecki and Eddi Reader
CD 2 tracks 2 and 3 : produced by Eddi Reader and Teddy Borowiecki
recorded by : Jon Ingoldsby at El Mirador, Ojai, California
CD 1 track 2 : produced by Teddy Borowiecki and Eddi Reader?
CD 2 tracks 2 and 3 : Teddy Borowiecki in Vancouver
mixed by : Jon Ingoldsby assisted by Andy Strange at Air Studios, London
mastered by : Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering, Los Angeles?

‘Joke (I’m laughing)’ promo CD showing revised timing label on plastic case (85% size) promo details
terr. label format pack. cat. no. rel. date
uk Blanco y Negro CDS S NEG72CDDJ 1994-07?
tracks
  1. Joke (I’m laughing)   (Hewerdine)   3:52
note
the CD labelling gives the track time, incorrectly, as “3.44”; a circular sticky label on the front of the case gives the correct timing
cover art : M@ Maitland
(photo: Kevin Westenberg)

chart placings
UK (CIN) (published in the week after the sales period shown) :
  • 1994-07-31/P7D :   58
  • 1994-08-07/P7D :   42   –   highest climber
  • 1994-08-14/P7D :   57

…thus demonstrating that the marketing ploy of releasing a limited edition alternative version CD-single in the second week could improve a single’s performance, even at the lower end of the charts!

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