Hey You by Hey You

Paul wrote:

I know this was a hit in the early 80s – can anyone tell me where I can find a copy of this song, a search on YouTube comes up with a lot of Pink Floyd. Alternatively can you recommend a different search string.


Brian replied:

I know very little about this 1981 song and the band, except that it was a hit on Springbok Radio.


9 thoughts on “Hey You by Hey You

  1. Cornelius Fritz Monday, 27th August 2012 / 8:20 pm

    Hi. I’m looking for a copy of hey you on cd. I only have on vinyl. Did you manage to get hold of it or anything about the group. I know that they emerge from holland.

  2. Dominique Sunday, 11th December 2011 / 10:16 am


    Thanks for the link… There are only a few times in musical history when the cover version actually sounds better than the original. Hey you is one of those. the POPSHOP13 cover is a gazillion times better. The Start really messed the song up and this is why it never picked up. I grew up with the popshop and springbok hitparade records, and I am glad I found this song, but disgusted in its execution. It really has that ugly britt metal punk sound in the voice of the singers. The harmonica also sound like an amateur to that of the cover.

    It is amazing still!

  3. kevin Thursday, 14th April 2011 / 5:05 pm

    Brian if you are close to cambridge I will loan it to you in good faith that you will bring it back –I bought it because of the song “just another girl ” a stripper danced to that song I thought I was in love lolo 31 yrs ago wow thats insane

  4. Jonathan JHB Sunday, 13th March 2011 / 3:35 pm

    Hey You by Hey You was featured on SA compliation, PopShop Vol.13. I think I still have it somewhere on vinyl, the one with a picture of Martin Locke in a little spaceship on the album cover?

  5. Brian Currin Thursday, 10th March 2011 / 11:08 am

    Thanks for this info … the two versions are very similar, but there are differences … any idea on who the band Hey You were?

  6. PatrickBFN Thursday, 10th March 2011 / 10:42 am

    The song was originally done by a Canadian band The Start. In 1979, Andrew St. George, Richard Rudolph, Tony Blaise (writer of the song Hey You) and Mark Valdez formed a band in St. George’s Toronto basement. Through an ad in the Toronto Star, they added Simon Slinger as the lead vocalist, and The Start was in business. After a few shows at Lee’s Palace, The Horseshoe, The Edge and Larry’s Hideaway, they were noticed by Capital Records and offered an album deal. In 1980, Hey You was released as an album and a single.

  7. BRIAN ETTER Thursday, 10th March 2011 / 9:52 am

    I suppose a long shot might be the Bachman-Turner Overdrive version off the Four Wheel Drive Album although released in 1975 I seem to recall the track Hey You only got going much later?

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