Paul Hardcastle ‎– 19 (Extended Version)

Chrysalis ‎– CHS 12 2860
Vinyl, 12", 45 RPM, Single, Injection Blue Labels

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A 19 (Extended Version)
Written-By – J. McCord*, W. Coutourie*
B1 Fly By Night 3:32
B2 Dolores 3:43

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This edition pressed on blue injection labels.
J. McCord is not credited on the label, while on another pressing of 19 (Extended Version) he is credited.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A - Variant 1): CH S122860 A // 2 ▽ 420C 1 2 POLYGRAM timtom B 7 634
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B - Variant 1): CH S122860 B // 2 ▽ 420C 1 2 POLYGRAM B 1 634
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A - Variant 2): CHS122860A//1▽420C POLYGRAM timtom 1 2 A 22 634
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B - Variant 2): CH S122860B//1▽420 C 1 2 POLYGRAM A 3 Ty 634

Other Versions (5 of 90) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
CHS 2860 Paul Hardcastle 19(7", Single, Blu) Chrysalis CHS 2860 UK 1985 Sell This Version
VAS 2147 Paul Hardcastle 19 (Instrumental)(12", Promo) Chrysalis VAS 2147 US 1985 Sell This Version
4VT 42875 Paul Hardcastle 19 Minutes Of "19"(Cass, Maxi) Chrysalis 4VT 42875 US 1985 Sell This Version
K 9697 Paul Hardcastle 19(7", Single, W/Lbl) Chrysalis K 9697 Australia 1985 Sell This Version
WWS-63050 Paul Hardcastle 19 (The Final Story)(12") Chrysalis WWS-63050 Japan 1985 Sell This Version


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November 8, 2007

The 1985 release of "19", a dance record from the british keybord Wizard Paul Hardcastle, featuring
stuttering samples of a ABC television interview with Peter Thomas speaking about Vietnam war veterans
suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder. Initially unhappy about having his voice used in this way,
Peter Thomas relented and allowed the single to be released. A number one hit for Chrysalis Records
in the United Kingdom.

"19" was supposed to be the average age of the soldiers during this Vietnam War. Very young in comparison
with the age of 26 during World War II. Later on, some statistics told us that the real average age of the vietnam
soldier was 23. A mistake by ABC television during the interview.

Mike Oldfield claimed that a melodic element of "19" had been copied from a sequence of his multi-million
selling concept album "Tubular Bells", and a settlement was made. Simon Fuller, who was his manager at
the time of "19"'s release would later adopt the song title for his company, 19 Management.

The song won an "Ivor Novello award" for the best selling single of 1985. Rory Bremner parodied this song
later on in 1985, based on the England Cricket team's poor performance in the 1984 Test series against the
West Indies. Released under "The Commentators", Bremner's version, entitled "N-N-Nineteen Not Out!" made
No.13 in the UK, three months after Harcastle's version. The parody was based on the fact that the English
batsmens' average runs per head in each innings was a paltry 19, compared to the 35 they averaged in 1968.
Against the record company's wishes, Paul Hardcastle actually contributed to this remake!

A song with some controverses, but a real catchy, original & great record!


May 25, 2003
In an interview, Paul Hardcastle stated the only reason '19' sounds as it does is because even top-of-the-range samplers at the time could only handle a second or twos worth of sound.
Nineteen, nineteen, ni-ni-ni-ni-nineteen.