Paul Hardcastle19

Label:Chrysalis – 4V9 42875, Chrysalis – 4V9-42875
Vinyl, 12", 33 ⅓ RPM, Single


A19 (Extended Version)5:11
B119 (Destruction Mix)7:08
B2The Asylum (It'z Weird)3:40

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This is an official release issued in a full color picture cover.

© 1985 Oval Music
℗ 1985 Chrysalis Records Inc.
Published by Oval Music Ltd.

In World War Two The Average Age Of The Combat Soldier Was 26. In Vietnam He Was 19

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  • Matrix / Runout (A Side Label): 4V9 42875 AS
  • Matrix / Runout (B Side Label): 4V9 42875 BS
  • Matrix / Runout (A side runout etch): P (AP) 4V9-42875-A-CP1
  • Matrix / Runout (B runout etch, variant 1): P ? 4V9-42875-RE-B-CP2 ☆
  • Matrix / Runout (B side runout etch, variant 2): P (AP) 4V9-42875-B-CP2
  • Other (A/B runout stamp): STERLING
  • Pressing Plant ID (etched in runouts): P

Other Versions (5 of 108)

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
19 (Destruction Mix) (12", 45 RPM, Single)ChrysalisCHS 22 2860UK1985
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19 (The Final Story) (12", 45 RPM, Single)ChrysalisCHS 32 2860UK1985
19 (The Final Story) (12", 45 RPM, Maxi-Single, Stereo)Chrysalis601 814Europe1985
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19 (Instrumental) (12", Promo, 33 ⅓ RPM)ChrysalisVAS 2147US1985
19 (Extended Version) (12", 45 RPM, Maxi-Single, Stereo)Chrysalis601 796Europe1985



  • echauhan1's avatar
    These are my 2 favorite versions of ''19'', super clear, defined, yet detailed and jumps out at you!
    • italodiscovinyl's avatar
      If you like this, listen to "The Why Not -
      • jazzliscious's avatar
        Now I would have never known that! I think this is a great look at electronic music production technique from a time well before sampling became the de facto norm for any type of electronic music. This came along at a time when the sampling aspect of music was mainly coloring and flavor, and not so much the very fabric of the tune as was the case after around '96 or so. What I mean by that, broadly, is that most of the music was in fact, laboriously written, programmed, and executed on real hardware machines and not just sampled off of existing tracks via software and a computer, uh, and the internet. That alone is why I love this track. The samples do get to be cheesy over a period of dozens of repeated listenings, but that is a singular opinion on the matter and not a criticism of the song. The music is great, the samples are the only thing that may cloud this tune - but, they in fact also made the tune, so where do you go from there?

        Controversy or none, this is a standout track in terms of production clarity and if analog synths are your tune, you will like it for sure. Especially that minimoog-flavored bass.
        • TurnOff's avatar
          Edited 16 years ago
          Paul Hardcastle's 19 is a great record that is completely surrounded in controversy that serves to increase the popularity of the record, and also tarnish its image. The criticism of this record, as good as the production is, is deserved however.

          The average age of a Vietnam soldier according to KIA statstics was not 19. Statistics from the Combat Area Casualty File (CACF) as of November 1993 indicate the average age of the 58,148 U.S. soliders killed in Vietnam was 23.11 years. It can be blamed on Hardcastle for using the "nineteen" spoken sample from ABC's Vietnam Requiem documentary, but most of the blame though should be placed on ABC for not correctly fact checking their sources and claiming falsely the age of the average combat solider to have been 19, when in fact it was closer to 23.

          But what can be critiqued about this record is that the spoken sample's from ABC's Vietnam Requiem documentary were used without permission by Hardcastle. Mike Oldfield also sued and won a settlement with Hardcastle when Oldfield charged that Hardcastle had stolen melodic elements of the famous Tubular Bells release of Oldfields for the song 19.

          So two samples were used without permission for this record, and the entire basis for the record (19) was an inaccurate basis to begin with. A great and classic electronic record, but controversial nevertheless.


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