Heat of the Moment

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"Heat of the Moment"
Cover of the European single
Single by Asia
from the album Asia
B-side"Time Again" (UK)
"Ride Easy" (outside of UK)
ReleasedApril, 1982
Format7" vinyl + Song on Asia album Tape and 33
Recorded1981
GenreAOR, arena rock
Length3:50
LabelGeffen
Writer(s)John Wetton, Geoff Downes
Producer(s)Mike Stone
Asia singles chronology
"Heat of the Moment"
(1982)
"Here Comes the Feeling"
(1982)
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This article is about the song by Asia. For the song by After 7, see Heat of the Moment (After 7 song).
"Heat of the Moment"
Cover of the European single
Single by Asia
from the album Asia
B-side"Time Again" (UK)
"Ride Easy" (outside of UK)
ReleasedApril, 1982
Format7" vinyl + Song on Asia album Tape and 33
Recorded1981
GenreAOR, arena rock
Length3:50
LabelGeffen
Writer(s)John Wetton, Geoff Downes
Producer(s)Mike Stone
Asia singles chronology
"Heat of the Moment"
(1982)
"Here Comes the Feeling"
(1982)
Music sample
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"Heat of the Moment" is the first hit single released by progressive rock supergroup Asia from their smash 1982 eponymous debut. The song was the most popular on the album, and won enormous success in North America, reaching #4 in both the Canadian Singles chart and on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It was aided by an innovative - and hugely popular - MTV music video.

The single also climbed to the top position on the U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock chart, remaining six non-consecutive weeks at #1 in the spring and summer of 1982.[1][2][3] It was written by John Wetton and Geoff Downes. "Heat of the Moment" is featured at the beginning of another Asia song called "Don't Call Me" as a dialing number from a telephone.

Interpretation[edit]

The lyrics contain the line, "And now you find yourself in '82". While this is often interpreted to refer to the year 1982, Wetton has said that it refers to a location.[4] However, in live versions, Wetton has often substituted the current year for "82" in the second verse and rhymed it with another word.

B-sides[edit]

"Time Again" is the B-side of the UK release. The song was written by all the band members, Geoff Downes, Steve Howe, Carl Palmer and John Wetton, and can also be found on the Asia album.

"Ride Easy" is the B-side of the singles released outside of the UK. This song was written by Wetton and Howe. It was never given a regular release on a studio album, but it was included in the EP Aurora, released only in Japan in 1986. During an interview on the 2007 released Asia DVD Fantasia: Live in Tokyo, Wetton indicated that "Ride Easy" is one of his favourite Asia songs.

It was eventually released on CD on The Very Best of Asia: Heat of the Moment (1982-1990).

Track listing[edit]

US 7" single
No.TitleLength
1."Heat of the Moment"  3:50
2."Ride Easy"  4:35
UK 7" single
No.TitleLength
1."Heat of the Moment"  3:50
2."Time Again"  4:45

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1982)Peak
position
Australian Kent Music Report[5]26
Canadian RPM Top Singles[6]4
Dutch Top 40[7]34
French Singles Chart[8]39
German Media Control Charts[9]7
Irish Singles Chart[10]30
Italian Singles Chart[11]16
New Zealand Singles Chart[12]46
Polish Singles Chart[13]6
Radio Luxemburg Singles[14]26
South African Singles Chart[15]4
Swiss Singles Chart[16]2
UK Singles Chart[17]46
US Billboard Pop Singles[18]4
US Billboard Mainstream Rock[18]1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1982)Position
Canadian RPM Top Singles[19]47
German Media Control Charts41
Italian Singles Chart[20]89
U.S. Billboard Hot 10040
U.S. Cashbox Top 100[21]43

Popular culture[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "List of number-one mainstream rock hits". wordpress.com. Retrieved 2013-10-18. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits (8 ed.). Billboard Publications. p. 35. 
  3. ^ "allmusic ((( Asia > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles )))". Retrieved 16 May 2009 (2009-05-16).  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  4. ^ "LET IT ROCK - John WETTON interview". April 2003. Retrieved 16 May 2009. 
  5. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  6. ^ "RPM Volume 36 No. 17, June 05 1982 - RPM". Retrieved 16 May 2009. 
  7. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40, week 24, 1982 (in Dutch)". Retrieved 16 May 2009. 
  8. ^ http://infodisc.fr/Artistes.php
  9. ^ "charts.de - Asia - Heat Of The Moment (in German)". Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  10. ^ "irishcharts.ie search results". Retrieved 16 May 2009. 
  11. ^ http://www.hitparadeitalia.it/indici/per_interprete/aa.htm
  12. ^ http://swedishcharts.com/showitem.asp?interpret=Asia&titel=Heat+Of+The+Moment&cat=s
  13. ^ http://www.lp3.pl/alpt.phtml?m=1&nn=10#navigation
  14. ^ http://umdmusic.com/default.asp?Lang=Czech&Chart=F&ChDay=&ChMonth=&ChYear=&ChBand=Asia&ChSong=
  15. ^ http://rock.co.za/files/springbok_top_20_(A).html
  16. ^ "Asia - Heat Of The Moment - hitparade.ch (in German)". Retrieved 16 May 2009. 
  17. ^ "Chart Stats - Asia - Heat Of The Moment". Retrieved 16 May 2009. 
  18. ^ a b http://musicvf.com/Asia.art
  19. ^ http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/rpm/028020-119.01-e.php?&file_num=nlc008388.6167&type=1&interval=20&PHPSESSID=etg0falg2hk823f26tcs13s3f3
  20. ^ http://www.hitparadeitalia.it/hp_yends/hpe1982.htm
  21. ^ http://www.cashboxcountdowns.com/archives/80s_files/1982YESP.html
  22. ^ "The Heat of the Moment (Season 5, Episode 13) - Video Clips". South Park Studios. Retrieved 2012-02-20. 

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