Computer Games (song)

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"Computer Games"
Computer Games by Mi-Sex.jpg
Single by Mi-Sex
from the album Graffiti Crimes
Released September 1979 (Australia/NZ)
Recorded 1979
Genre Synth-pop
Length 3:54
Label CBS
Songwriter(s) Murray Burns, Steve Gilpin, B Stanton
Producer(s) Peter Dawkins
Mi-Sex singles chronology
"But You Don't Care"
(1979)
"Computer Games"
(1979)
"People"
(1980)

"Computer Games" is a song by New Zealand group Mi-Sex, released in September 1979 in Australia and New Zealand as the second single from their debut studio album, Graffiti Crimes (1979). The song peaked at number 1 in Australia and 5 in New Zealand. The music video was filmed on location at what was at the time Control Data Corporation's North Sydney centre and included gameplay from the 1979 arcade games Speed Freak, Basketball and Star Fire. The single won the award for Best Australian Single at the 1979 TV Week/Countdown Music Awards.[1]

The single was also released in Europe and North America.

The song was also re-recorded as the final track for the band's 1983 album Where Do They Go?, a dub version was the 12" B-side of their 1983 single "Lost Time"[2] and again on the 2016 EP Extended Play.

Reception[edit]

Musicologist, Ian McFarlane, opined that it was an "electro-pop anthem... with its simplistic, brain-teasing riff and Gilpin's mannered vocal yelps, "Computer Games" boasted little substance but was constructed for maximum effect. It came to epitomise the one word which has plagued the memory of Mi-Sex: 'contrived'."[3]

Stewart Mason from All Music said "Steve Gilpin's theatrical vocals, full of Brian Connolly-style hiccups and leaps into falsetto, are an interesting counterpoint to the unvarying electronic rhythm, particularly on the memorable stuttering chorus."[4]

Track listings[edit]

Australia/New Zealand 7" (BA 222563)

  1. "Computer Games" - 3:54
  2. "Wot Do You Want?" - 2:55

Australian 12"

  1. "Computer Games" (Disco Version) - 4:41
  2. "Graffiti Crimes" - 3:49

Spanish version

  1. "Juego De Computadoras (Computer Games)" - 3:54
  2. "Que Queres? (Wot Do You Want?)" - 2:55

United Kingdom dance version

  1. "Computer Games" (Special Dance Mix) - 6:17
  2. "Wot Do You Want?" - 2:55

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1979-1981) Peak
position
Australian Kent Music Report [5] 1
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[6] 16
Canada[7] 2
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[8] 44
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[9] 5
US Hot Dance Club Songs[10] 61

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1979) Peak
position
Australian Kent Music Report [11] 19

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Countdown Show no.235 Aired: 13/4/1979 on ABC, Australia
  2. ^ https://www.discogs.com/Mi-Sex-Lost-Time-Dub-Version/release/3644015
  3. ^ McFarlane, 'Mi-Sex' entry. Archived from the original on 7 August 2004. Retrieved 7 May 2016.
  4. ^ "Computer Games by Mi-Sex". AllMusic. Retrieved 13 October 2017. 
  5. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. p. 202. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.  NOTE: Used for Australian Singles and Albums charting from 1970 until ARIA created their own charts in mid-1988.
  6. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Mi-Sex – COMPUTER GAMES" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved 3 October 2017.
  7. ^ Sergent, Bruce. "Mi-Sex". New Zealand Music of the 60's and 70's. Bruce Sergent. Retrieved 7 May 2016. 
  8. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Mi-Sex – COMPUTER GAMES" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 3 October 2017.
  9. ^ "Charts.nz – Mi-Sex – COMPUTER GAMES". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 3 October 2017.
  10. ^ "allmusic ((( Mi-Sex > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles )))". Retrieved 6 July 2009. 
  11. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. p. 431. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.  NOTE: Used for Australian Singles and Albums charting from 1970 until ARIA created their own charts in mid-1988.