|Released September 1987|
Label Capitol Records
|B-side "Coin in a Plate” / "Burning Wood"|
Format Vinyl/CD Single/Cassette
"Hammerhead" is the second single from Australian rock musician James Reyne’s debut self titled solo studio album in (1987). The track featured uncredited backing vocals by Olivia Newton-John.
Reyne reflected on the song saying; ""Hammerhead" was not necessarily about me, but let’s say I thought I knew what I was talking about. I wrote it with Simon Hussey; the music Simon and I wrote together and I wrote the lyrics. From memory it seemed to come quite easily. I shouldn’t make too much about the fact that it’s about drugs. It can be taken many ways. It was an exercise in trying to write a song about that subject but to also make it that it could be about a relationship. It’s a song about a relationship. And whether that relationship is with a substance or a person, it’s an obsessive relationship".
- "Hammerhead" - 4:46
- "Coin in a Plate" - 4:14
- "Hammerhead" (7" Edit) - 4:19
- "Burning Wood" - 2:43