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Hammerhead (James Reyne song)

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A-side  "Hammerhead"
Genre  Pop/Rock
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".

Track listings

CD / Cassette Single
  1. "Hammerhead" - 4:46
  2. "Coin in a Plate" - 4:14
7" Promo Single
  1. "Hammerhead" (7" Edit) - 4:19
  2. "Burning Wood" - 2:43
Vinyl / Maxi
  • A1 "Fall Of Rome" (Rock Mix by Mike Ging) - 5:52
  • A2 "The Traveller" - 4:18
  • B1 "Fall Of Rome" (Edited Version) - 3:42
  • B2 "Fall Of Rome" (Instrumental) - 5:25
  • References

    Hammerhead (James Reyne song) Wikipedia