Patrick Hernandez ‎– Born To Be Alive

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Aquarius ‎– JV 5555
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Vinyl, 12", 45 RPM, Reissue
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Distribution exclusive CBS_Tee_France
Printed in France - Grimoffset - 94400 Vitry
Disque grave et presse en France
℗ 1978

Many slightly different versions exist:
Also released with price code Ⓨ
Also released with different labels and with printed by information on back cover
Also released with different labels and without printed by information on back cover

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  • Rights Society: SACEM SDRM SACD SGDL
  • Matrix / Runout (Side One Runout): AQS-JV-5555-A F/W TSC
  • Matrix / Runout (Side Two Runout): JV 5555 B Y.D.
  • Other (Price Code): CB 221

Other Versions (5 of 107) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
JV 5555, JV 5 555 Patrick Hernandez Born To Be Alive(12") Aquarius, Aquarius JV 5555, JV 5 555 France 1979 Sell This Version
ZYX 5987, 5987 Patrick Hernandez Born To Be Alive (Remix '88)(12", Maxi) ZYX Records, ZYX Records ZYX 5987, 5987 Germany 1988 Sell This Version
MIX-1214 Patrick Hernandez Nacido Para Vivir(12", Single) Rca Victor MIX-1214 Argentina 1979 Sell This Version
JC 55 558 Patrick Hernandez Born To Be Alive(7", Single, Sil) Aquarius JC 55 558 France 1979 Sell This Version
3-10986 Patrick Hernandez Born To Be Alive(7", Single, Mono, Promo) Columbia 3-10986 US 1979 Sell This Version

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taew

taew

January 11, 2017
edited over 2 years ago
It is my interpretation of this song, that 'born to be alive' means the rejection of metaphysical meaning in our lives, we are not born for any purpose other than life its self. How ever it over comes nihilism in the Nietzschean sense by affirming life on these terms, the song is cheerful, however there are key changes that signify perhaps an edge of sadness or tragedy, in this sense the song knows it dances on the edge of an abyss and that most are unable to achieve the celebration of life drives without a meaning beyond, it knows the despair to which most respond to its insight, and even this, it can dance to as a life drive worthy of affirmation. Another line, 'people ask my why I never find a place to stop and settle down down down, but I never wanted all the things that people need to justify their lives lives lives'. this again links to Nietzsche's rejection of 'herd mentality' as well as his repeated poetic uses of the image of the wanderer.