The song has a strong anti-war message, focusing on America's involvement in the Vietnam War and the effect it had on the soldiers who served. The track was notable for early use of sampled and processed speech, in particular a synthesized stutter effect used on the words 'nineteen' and 'destruction'.
It also includes various non-speech, re-dubbed sampling, such as crowd noise and a military bugle call. This was helped by the fact that versions of the song, spoken by well-known local news anchors, were recorded in French, Spanish, German and Japanese. The song received the Ivor Novello award for Best-selling single of The song's English-language release came in three different 12" versions - "Extended Version", "Destruction Mix" and "The Final Story", all with an alternative cover design.
Hardcastle was inspired to create the song after watching Vietnam Requiem and Im A Monster - Various - 20th Anniversary Comp his own life at 19 to those of the soldiers featured: " I was out having fun in pubs and clubs when I was 19, I Cant Hear You No More - Helen Reddy - I Cant Hear You No More being shoved into jungles and shot at.
The title "19" comes from the documentary's claim that the average age of an American combat soldier in the war was 19, as compared Sandy - Dion - Sandy / Faith World War II's According to the same source, 23 is the average age at time of death or time of declaration of death. Musically, the song was inspired by electroparticularly Afrika Bambaataaalthough Hardcastle also "added a bit of jazz and a nice melody", and beyond the sampling of the documentary narration, the song incorporated pieces of interviews with soldiers.
The E-mu Emulator could only sample for two seconds, so the hook was based around "the only bit of the narrative that made sense in two seconds". His previous two singles for independent labels had failed to make it into the UK's top 40 and the musical policy at Radio 1 was felt to be unsupportive of dance music.
Tony Blackburnthen breakfast DJ for Radio London was an early supporter of the song and it quickly reached number 1 in Black Forrest Melody (Wenn Abends Die Heide Träumt) - Werner Müller And His Orchestra* - Memories Of UK and most of the world.
Hardcastle produced different mixes of the song to help maintain interest in it. The song's reliance on sampling also caused problems with legal clearance.
Ken Grunbaum recalled in that "there were no precedents for something like this. We ended up having to pay royalties to the narrator, Peter Thomas. What is the difference between the words in our song and the 7 o'clock news? The only difference is rock'n'roll. And why did they love the documentary and hate the video so much? Every word in the song is from the film, and there was never any argument with the facts. The only difference is the music. In the same year of release, British comedian Rory Bremnerusing the band name The Commentators, released a parodied version of the song as "N-N-Nineteen Not Out", about the England cricket team 's poor performance in test matches, with references to the team's disastrous home series against the West Indies in which captain David Gower had averaged Manchester United used the "19" soundtrack to celebrate their 19th Premier League title in May 19 - Paul Hardcastle - 19 (The Final Story) and the song made a reappearance in the UK Top From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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