Hey, Matthew

"Hey, Matthew" is a single released by the British musician Karel Fialka, in 1987. It was later included on his 1988 album, Human Animal.[1]

The song has instrumentation with only a synthesizer and a drum machine being used. The song follows the lyrics of the father (Fialka) questioning his son, Matthew, as to what he sees on television (to which a young child's voice responds with such shows as Tom and Jerry and The A-Team) and what he wants to be when he grows up. The video follows the plot of the song, with the camera making it appear that the viewer is looking in on the family through the television.

The song was Fialka's biggest chart hit, peaking at #9 in the UK Singles Chart and spending eight weeks in the listings.[2]

In 1997, both Karel and Matthew appeared on Never Mind the Buzzcocks in the Identity Parade lineup. Both were identified successfully.

"Hey, Matthew"
Single by Karel Fialka
from the album Human Animal
Karel Fialka singles chronology
"Eat, Drink, Dance, Relax"
"Hey, Matthew"
"You Be The Judge"


  1. ^ "Human Animal - Karel Fialka | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-07-30.
  2. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. pp. 207/8. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
1987 in music

This is a list of notable events in music that took place in the year 1987.

Barry Grint

Barry Stephen "Bazza" Grint (born April 1959) is an English mastering engineer and member of the mastering group of the Music Producers Guild (MPG). Grint has worked on over 20 UK Number One records and more than 100 UK Top Ten hits. Projects for artists include: Madonna, Prince, Puff Daddy, Eric Clapton, David Bowie, The Beatles, Oasis, Keane, Beach Boys, Jessie J, Rod Stewart, Paul Simon, Van Halen, Michael McDonald and A-ha.

He began cutting records at Trident Studios in 1984 mastering international tracks for the UK and Europe. He identified his work by etching Bazza in the run out groove and of the years various incarnations have included Bazza @ Audio One, Bazza @ Tape One, Bazza @ Porky's, Bazza @ Abbey Road and Bazza @ Alchemy. He is now mastering and cutting vinyl at Alchemy's studios in Brook Green, London.

Representing the Music Producers Guild, Grint worked with the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) to create a standard for embedding the International Standard Recording Code (ISRC) within a Broadcast Wave Format (BWF). This has been adopted by the main manufacturers of mastering software internationally and is supported by The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) and the Association of Independent Music (AIM).

I.R.S. Records

I.R.S. Records was an American record label founded by Miles Copeland III, Jay Boberg, and Carl Grasso in 1979. I.R.S. produced some of the most popular bands of the 1980s, and was particularly known for issuing records by college rock, new wave and alternative rock artists, including R.E.M., The Go-Go's, Wall of Voodoo and Fine Young Cannibals.

Karel Fialka

Karel Fialka is an Indian born British singer-songwriter, best known for his 1987 single, "Hey, Matthew".

List of UK top-ten singles in 1987

The UK Singles Chart is one of many music charts compiled by the Official Charts Company that calculates the best-selling singles of the week in the United Kingdom. Before 2004, the chart was only based on the sales of physical singles. This list shows singles that peaked in the Top 10 of the UK Singles Chart during 1987, as well as singles which peaked in 1986 and 1988 but were in the top 10 in 1987. The entry date is when the single appeared in the top 10 for the first time (week ending, as published by the Official Charts Company, which is six days after the chart is announced).

One-hundred and fifty-three singles were in the top ten in 1987. Ten singles from 1986 remained in the top 10 for several weeks at the beginning of the year, while "Heaven is a Place on Earth" by Belinda Carlisle and "When I Fall in Love" by Nat King Cole were both released in 1987 but did not reach their peak until 1988. "Cry Wolf" by A-ha and "Is This Love?" by Alison Moyet were the singles from 1986 to reach their peak in 1987. Thirty-five artists scored multiple entries in the top 10 in 1987. Beastie Boys, LL Cool J, The Pogues, Rick Astley and Wet Wet Wet were among the many artists who achieved their first UK charting top 10 single in 1987.

The 1986 Christmas number-one, "Reet Petite (The Sweetest Girl in Town)" by Jackie Wilson, remained at number-one for the first three weeks of 1987. The first new number-one single of the year was "Jack Your Body" by Steve "Silk" Hurley. Overall, nineteen different singles peaked at number-one in 1987, with Madonna and the Pet Shop Boys (2) having the joint most singles hit that position.

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