Sleeping Satellite

Song written by Tasmin Archer, John Beck and John Hughes and originally recorded by Tasmin Archer.

Tasmin Archer version

Released as a single in 1992, the song reached number 1 in the UK singles chart and also became an international hit.

Kim Wilde version

Kim Wilde performed this song during the Come Out and Play Tour in February and March 2011. She performed it together with her brother (acoustic guitar) and her niece Scarlett (backing vocals) as an acoustic song. In August 2011 the song was released as a studio recording on Kim's album Snapshots - and also as the lead single of the album.


There are three versions of 'Sleeping Satellite': the album version, the 'mix but not mastered' version from the promotional cd of 'Snapshots' and the radio edit.


'Sleeping satellite' was released on cd-single as a double A-side with 'It's Alright'.
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Music video

A music video was filmed to promote the single.
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Live performances

'Sleeping satellite' was performed live during the Come Out and Play Tour in 2011 and the Snapshots & Greatest Hits Tour in 2012.

Highest chart positions

Germany: 98 (1 week)

Kim about 'Sleeping Satellite'

'Sleeping Satellite' was a huge hit for Tasmin Archer in 1992 and I absolutely loved the song. And it was a huge hit in America as well. Everyone loved the song. There was quite a serious theme to the song, I felt, talking very much about the environment and the damage and of how mankind is in search of adventure instead of taking care of what's going on in its own backyard, i.e. our planet. So I thought it spoke really poetically about the ecological and environmental problems that we have on the planet and sometimes pop music's a really good way of getting that message across. (1)


Drums: Paul Kaiser
Guitars: Heiko Fischer
Additional vocals: Kim Wilde
Drums recorded by Manfred Faust @ Hookwerk Studio, Fohr
Produced by Alex Rethwisch
Vocal production by Ricky Wilde

Interview source

(1) Track by track commentary, Sony Music, 2011.