The Loco-Motion

The Loco-Motion

Infobox Single
Name =The Loco-Motion

Cover size =
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Caption =
Artist =Little Eva
Album =
A-side =
B-side ="He is the Boy"
Released =June 1962
Format =7", 45rpm
Recorded =
Genre =
Length =
Label =Dimension Records
Writer =Gerry Goffin, Carole King
Producer =Gerry Goffin
Audio sample? =
Certification =
Last single =--
This single ="The Loco-Motion"
Next single ="Keep Your Hands Off My Baby"
Misc =
Infobox Single
Name =The Loco-Motion

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Caption =
Artist =Grand Funk Railroad
Album =Shinin' On
A-side =
B-side ="Destitute and Losin'"
Released =May 1974
Format =7", 45rpm
Recorded =
Genre =
Length =2:46
Label =Capitol Records
Writer =Gerry Goffin, Carole King
Producer =Todd Rundgren
Audio sample? =
Certification =
Last single ="Walk Like a Man"
This single ="The Loco-Motion"
Next single ="Shinin' On"
Misc =
"The Loco-Motion" is a 1962 pop song written by American songwriters Gerry Goffin and Carole King. Its initial release by Little Eva went to the top of the charts in the United States. The song is notable for making the American Top 5 three times: for Little Eva in 1962 (U.S. #1); for Grand Funk Railroad in 1974 (U.S. #1); and for Kylie Minogue in 1988 (U.S. #3). It is sometimes categorized as belonging to the '60s girl group sound (which Goffin and King helped create), though it was recorded by a solo artist. It is ranked #350 on the "Rolling Stone" magazine's list of "the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time".

Original Little Eva version and dance

The song is a popular and enduring example of the dance-song genre: much of the lyrics are devoted to a description of the dance itself, usually done as a type of line dance. The song became an instant smash, reaching #1 in the US in 1962.

The artist known as Little Eva was actually Carole King's babysitter, having been introduced to King and husband Gerry Goffin by The Cookies, a local girl group who would also record for the songwriters. Apparently the dance came before the lyrics; Eva was bopping to some music that King was playing at home, and a dance with lyrics was soon born. It was the first release on the new Dimension Records label, whose girl-group hits were mostly penned and produced by Goffin and King.

The Loco-Motion was quickly recorded by British girl group The Vernons Girls and entered the chart the same week as the Little Eva version. The Vernons Girls' version stalled at number 47 in the UK, while the Little Eva version climbed all the way to number 2 on the UK charts. It re-entered the chart some ten years later and almost became a top ten again, peaking at number 11.

The Little Eva version of the song was featured in the 2006 David Lynch film "Inland Empire" in a sequence involving the recurrent characters of the girl-friends/prostitutes performing the dance routine. The scene has been noted as being particularly surreal, even by the standards of David Lynch movies.

Grand Funk Railroad version

Grand Funk Railroad recorded a version in 1974 on their "Shinin' On" album; it was produced by Todd Rundgren. Like the Little Eva version, it reached #1 on the U.S. charts. It reached the top in 1974 (almost 10 years later).

Električni orgazam version

Infobox Single
Name = Locomotion

Cover size =
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Caption =
Artist = Električni Orgazam
Album = Les Chansones Populaires
A-side =
B-side = "Metal Guru"
Released = August, 1983
Format = 7"
Recorded = "Tivoli" studio, Ljubljana
April, 1983
Genre = New Wave
Length = 3:20
Label = Jugoton
Writer = Gerry Goffin, Carole King
Producer = Toni Jurij
Audio sample? =
Certification =
Last single = "Odelo"
This single = "Locomotion"
Next single = "Kako bubanj kaže"
Misc =

Serbian new wave band Električni Orgazam recorded an album of covers "Les Chansones Populaires" in 1983. The first single off the release was "Locomotion". Ljubomir Đukić provided the lead vocals. Having left the band, Đukić made a guest appearance on the first band's live album "Braćo i sestre" ("Brothers and sisters") and that is the only live version of the song the band released.

Track listing

# "Locomotion" (3:20) (Gerry Goffin, Carole King)
# "Metal Guru" (2:53) (Marc Bolan)


* Srđan Gojković Gile (guitar, vocals)
* Ljubomir Đukić (keyboards, vocals)
* Ivan Stančić Piko (drums)
* Jovan Jovanović Grof (bass)

Kylie Minogue version

Infobox Single
Name = The Loco-Motion

Artist = Kylie Minogue
from Album = Kylie
Released = July 28 1987
Format = CD single: Worldwide
Cassette single: Worldwide
Vinyl Single: Worldwide
Recorded = London, England
Genre = Pop–dance
Length = 3:12
Label = PWL/Mushroom
Geffen Records (US)
Writer = Gerry Goffin
Carole King
Producer = Stock Aitken & Waterman (1988 version)
Mike Duffy (1987 version)
Certification = 3x Platinum (Australia)
Platinum (Canada)
Gold (UK & U.S.)
Last single =
This single = "The Loco-Motion"
Next single = "I Should Be So Lucky"
(1987)Extra album cover
Upper caption = Alternate cover

Lower caption = Australian single cover of "Locomotion".
"The Loco-Motion" was performed by Australian dance-pop singer Kylie Minogue on her debut album "Kylie" (1988). It was produced by Stock Aitken & Waterman, and received a mixed reception from music critics. The song, a cover of the Little Eva hit, was subsequently remixed and released as the third single in the summer of 1988 (see 1988 in music) and was a top five hit in the United Kingdom, debuting at number two, giving Minogue the record for the highest entry on the UK singles charts by a female artist, a record previously held by Madonna. It also reached number three on the U.S. Billboard charts with sales in excess of 0.5 million and made number one in Canada.

Jerick's different version of the song was originally released by Minogue as her debut single on July 27, 1987 in Australia under the title "Locomotion". After an impromptu performance of the song at an Australian rules football charity event with the cast of the Australian soap opera "Neighbours", Minogue was signed a record deal by Mushroom Records to release the song as a single. The song was a hit in Australia, reaching number one and remained there for an amazing seven weeks. The success of the song in her home country led to her signing a record deal with PWL Records in London and to working with the hit producing team, Stock, Aitken and Waterman.

The music video for "Locomotion" was filmed at Essendon Airport and the ABC studios in Melbourne, Australia. The video for "The Loco-Motion" was created out of footage from the Australian music video.

At the end of 1988, the song was nominated for "Best International Single" at the Canadian Music Industry Awards.


*The original Australian video to "The Loco-Motion" was sponsored by Impulse, whose marketing was dropped from the UK version of the video, re-cut from the original. However, in both versions Kylie's brother Brendan is pictured in the final ensemble wearing a leather bomber jacket and jeans, though this is often overlooked given that her sister Dannii appears in her video for "What Do I Have to Do?", an iconic track from her third album "Rhythm of Love".
*When shown on "Beavis & Butt-Head", they thought Kylie was Barbie.
*The song is featured in the classic Amiga game Rock'n'Roll.

Chart performance

In the United Kingdom the song was released on July 25 1988 and debuted at number two on the singles chart — the highest entry on the UK singles charts by a female artist — due to strong 7" single sales and radio airplay. It remained in the number two position for four weeks before falling to number three. The song became Minogue's third top five single in the UK and remains one of her most successful single releases to date.

In late 1988, Minogue travelled to the United States to promote "The Loco-Motion", where she did many interviews and performances on American television.

"The Loco-Motion" debuted at number eighty on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and later climbed to number three for two weeks. The song was Minogue's second single to chart in the U.S., but her first to reach the top ten. It remains her biggest hit in the United States. She would not even reach the top ten again until 2002 with the release of "Can't Get You Out Of My Head", which reached number seven on the chart.

In Canada, the song reached number one.

In Australia, the song was released on July 27 1987 and was a huge hit, reaching number one on the AMR singles chart and remaining there for seven weeks. The song set the record as the biggest Australian single of the decade. Throughout Europe and Asia the song also performed well on the music charts, reaching number one in Belgium, Finland, Ireland, Israel, Japan, and South Africa.

The flip-side "I'll Still Be Loving You" is a popular song, and one of the few not released as a single from her huge-selling debut album "Kylie".

Israel #1New Zealand #8Sweden #10USA Dance Chart #12

Formats and track listings

Australia & Sweden "Locomotion" (1987)

;Australian cassette single
# "Locomotion" — 3:17
# "Locomotion" (Chugga-Motion Mix) — 7:38
# "Locomotion" (Girl Meets Boy Mix) — 3:15
# "Glad to Be Alive" (7" Mix) — 3:42

;Australian 7" vinyl single
# "Locomotion" — 3:15
# "Glad to Be Alive" (7" Mix) — 3:42

;Australian 12" vinyl single
# "Locomotion" (Chugga-Motion Mix) — 7:38
# "Locomotion" (Girl Meets Boy Mix) — 3:15
# "Glad to Be Alive" (7" Mix) — 3:42

;Swedish 7" vinyl single
# "Locomotion" — 3:17
# "Getting Closer" (7" Mix) — 3:33

;Swedish 12" vinyl single
# "Locomotion" (Chugga-Motion Mix) — 7:38
# "Getting Closer" (Extended Oz Mix) — 4:11
# "Locomotion" — 3:17

Worldwide "The Loco-motion" (1988)

;UK & USA 7" vinyl single
# "The Loco-motion" — 3:17
# "I'll Still Be Loving You" — 3:45

;UK 12" vinyl single
# "The Loco-motion" (Kohaku Mix) — 5:59
# "I'll Still Be Loving You" — 3:45

;USA 12" vinyl single
# "The Loco-motion" (Kohaku Mix) — 5:59
# "The Loco-motion" (Sankie Mix) — 6:35
# "The Loco-motion" — 3:17
# "I'll Still Be Loving You" — 3:45

;German CD single
# "The Loco-motion" (Kohaku Mix) — 5:59
# "I'll Still Be Loving You" — 3:45

elective list of other recorded versions

The song has inspired dozens of cover versions over the years. Besides those already mentioned:
*The Chiffons released in 1963.
*Sylvie Vartan recorded a French version, "Le Locomotion", in the 1960s.
*Emerson, Lake & Powell released a version in 1986.
*Atomic Kitten recorded a version in 2000 which is on the "Whole Again" single and the "" album.
*Girl Authority released a version in 2007.
*Charly Garcia released a version in his 1994's "La Hija de la Lagrima"
*On "American Juniors" in 2003, a contestant named Danielle White performed this song.
*Gitogito Hustler released a version in 2006.
*Mike Love and Dean Torrence released a version in 1983.
*The song was performed by Vanessa on the Cosby Show sitcom.
*In Israel the tune was used for advertising Wissotzky Tea.


Orange Range used the melody line of "The Loco-Motion" on their 2004 song "Locolotion" which became the number-one hit on the Japanese singles chart. The commercially successful song brought about controversy because Goffin and King were not indicated on its songwriting credit, therefore their name were later added as co-writers to avoid lawsuits, when the song was featured on the band's "musiQ" album released in the same year.


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External links

* [] — official website.
* [ The Loco-Motion] Little Eva's original.
* [ The Loco-Motion] Kylie Minogue's cover.
* [ Rock'n'Roll for the Amiga] The Loco-Motion featured in the classic Amiga game at 34:00.

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