Hammerhead (James Reyne Song)
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Hammerhead James Reyne Song
Hammerhead by James Reyne single cover.jpg
CD single cover
Single by James Reyne
from the album James Reyne
"Coin in a Plate" / "Burning Wood"
ReleasedSeptember 1987
FormatVinyl/CD Single/Cassette
LabelCapitol Records
James Reyne, Simon Hussey
Davitt Sigerson, John Hudson
James Reyne singles chronology
"Fall of Rome"
"Rip it Up"

"Hammerhead" is the second single from Australian rock musician James Reyne's debut self-titled solo studio album, released in 1987. The track featured uncredited backing vocals by Olivia Newton-John.[1]

Reyne reflected on the song saying: ""Hammerhead" was not necessarily about me, but let's say I thought I knew what I was talking about. I wrote it with Simon Hussey; the music Simon and I wrote together and I wrote the lyrics. From memory it seemed to come quite easily. I shouldn't make too much about the fact that it's about drugs. It can be taken many ways. It was an exercise in trying to write a song about that subject but to also make it that it could be about a relationship. It's a song about a relationship. And whether that relationship is with a substance or a person, it's an obsessive relationship".[2]

Track listings

CD / Cassette Single
  1. "Hammerhead" - 4:46
  2. "Coin in a Plate" - 4:14
7" Promo Single
  1. "Hammerhead" (7" Edit) - 4:19
  2. "Burning Wood" - 2:43
Vinyl / Maxi
  • A1 "Fall Of Rome" (Rock Mix by Mike Ging) - 5:52
  • A2 "The Traveller" - 4:18
  • B1 "Fall Of Rome" (Edited Version) - 3:42
  • B2 "Fall Of Rome" (Instrumental) - 5:25


Weekly charts

Chart (1987) Position
Australian Kent Music Report 8[3]

Year-end charts

Chart (1987) Position
Australian Kent Music Report[4] 71

External links

  • "James Reyne -"Hammerhead"". discogs.com. Retrieved 2016.


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