The Only Way Is Up" is a song written by George Jackson and Johnny Henderson and originally released in 1980 as a single by soul singer Otis Clay. In 1988, it became a chart-topping single for Yazz and the Plastic Population. The song is the official theme tune for award-winning ITV2 series The Only Way Is Essex. The song was a favourite of M People's, who would frequently play it on their live tours.
Yazz was born in Shepherd's Bush, London, to a Jamaican father and English mother. She attended Holland Park School, where she excelled at sports, including the 400 metres. She was also a member of the England under-19 volleyball team
The Yazz’s (born Yasmin Evans) cover was released as a first single from her debut album Wanted (1988). The single hit number 1 spot on the singles charts in many countries, including the UK, New Zealand, Ireland and Sweden, it reached number 2 on the Billboard’s Hot Dance Chart in the . Select Category 10 000 Maniacs (1) 808 State (1) a-ha (14) Abba (10) ABC (5) Act (2) Adam and The Ants (4) Adam Ant (6) Adventures of Stevie V (1) Aerosmith (3) Air Supply (7) Al Bano & Romina Power (3) Al Corley (3) Alan Parsons Project (7) Alannah Myles (2) Alice (1) Alice Cooper (2) Alison Moyet (5) All About Eve (3).
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This was a dance cover of American Soul singer Otis Clay's recording from his 1982 album also titled "The Only Way Is U. It spent 5 weeks at and was the best selling single in the UK in 1988. In the US it reached Yazz explained at the time, "There is a really heavy sentiment to that song. It's about being down-and-out and on the dole but not worrying about it; keep on doing what you want to do because you can get through in the end. It's exactly what I've done to get here now". quote from 1000 UK Hits by Jon Kutner and Spencer Leigh.
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|A||The Only Way Is Up
Written-By – George Jackson , Johnny Henderson
|B||Bad House Music
Written-By – More*, Black*, Yazz
- Pressed By – Adrenalin
- Plated By – PAG
- Producer – Coldcut
NotesYellow paper labels with no barcode on labels.
Barcode and Other Identifiers
- Barcode (Printed Text): 5 016721 1000047
- Matrix / Runout (Etchings side A): ADRENALIN- PhiL BLR-4A3- PAG
- Matrix / Runout (Etchings side B): ADRENALIN BLR-4 B1 PAG
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|BLR 4T||Yazz And The Plastic Population||Yazz And The Plastic Population - The Only Way Is Up (12", Promo)||Big Life||BLR 4T||UK||1988|
|XP10-2042||Yazz And The Plastic Population||Yazz And The Plastic Population - The Only Way Is Up (CD, Mini, Single)||InsideOut||XP10-2042||Japan||1988|
|BLR 4||Yazz And The Plastic Population||Yazz And The Plastic Population - The Only Way Is Up (7", Single)||Big Life||BLR 4||Scandinavia||1988|
|870 698-7||Yazz And The Plastic Population||Yazz And The Plastic Population - The Only Way Is Up (7", Single, Blu)||Fontana||870 698-7||France||1988|