"El Lute" / "Gotta Go Home" is a double A-side single by 70's disco band Boney M. It was the lead single from their fourth album Oceans of Fantasy (1979) and was the group's eighth and final number 1 single in the German charts. In the UK where "Gotta Go Home" was chosen as the main A-side, the single was their first one since their debut single not to reach the Top 10, peaking at number 12. Boney M. used the double A-side format over the next years, typically with the A1 being the song intended for radio and A2 being more squarely aimed at discos. The sides were usually switched on the accompanying 12" single.

El Lute[edit]Edit

The ABBA-esque pop melody "El Lute" told the true story of Spanish outlaw Eleuterio Sánchez who was still in prison at the time the song was released. During a promotional visit in Spain, Boney M. met him and gave him a golden record for the sales of the single.

Margot Borgström translated the song into Swedish, as Swedish dansband Wizex covered the song on the 1979 album Some Girls & Trouble Boys. The song became a Svensktoppen hit in late 1979.-early 1980

Gotta Go Home[edit]Edit

A fast-paced disco track, the song was re-written from a German single "Hallo Bimmelbahn" (1973) by Nighttrain with the brothers Heinz and Jürgen Huth, both also credited as co-writers on Boney M.'s version. Boney M. first promoted it in a few TV shows in its early version "Going Back Home". Several single versions featured a 4:40 version (timing on label 4:22), a slightly remixed edit of the full 5:04 version, and longer than the 3:45 album edit. Later single pressings featured a 4:00 edit. In 2010 "Gotta Go Home" was used extensively on the Duck Sauce track "Barbra Streisand".

"Gotta Go Home" was issued as an A-side in Canada, and was a Top 40 hit on the RPM Magazine charts there, peaking at #35 in late November 1979.

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