Wake Up Boo!

Album: Wake Up! (1995)
Charted: 9

Songfacts®:

  • This track is an upbeat guitar-pop song in which vocalist Martin Carr contrasts his own optimism ("Twenty-five I don't recall a time I felt this alive") with his lover's pessimism ("You have to put the death in everything").
  • The song was the lead single from Wake Up!. Its release in March 1995 coincided with the emergence of Britpop as a driving force in mid-1990s British music and the track's brassy optimism fitted in well on the radio alongside the likes of Oasis and Supergrass. As a result, it became the Boo Radleys' biggest hit in the UK.
  • The origins of "Wake Up Boo" lay in some sessions spent by the Boo Radleys at London's Protocol Studios in June 1994, when they pierced together early versions of the song along with a few other tracks. The plan was to release the tune in October 1994 but Martin Carr halted the original recording. He recalled to Music Week:

    "I'd heard Take That's cover of 'Could It Be Magic' and liked the way the beat moved the song along. I knew Wake Up Boo should have a certain sound and momentum without relying on guitars, so we changed it."

    Carr told Mojo it took four days to piece together the final version of "Wake Up Boo" and it was the only track on the album that was written "just for the fun of writing a pop song."

Comments: 1

  • Daddio from UkTheir name is taken from the character Boo Radley in Harper Lee's 1960 novel, To Kill a Mockingbird.
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