Suzanne Vega

Suzanne Vega BIOGRAPHY

Suzanne Vega

Label(s): A&M Records
Recording Years: 1985-1998

"If you just come running out and hitting someone over the head with a message, that's not my kind of songwriting really. To me you don't learn anything from it, really. A lot of the things that I write about are hidden things...and that's why I feel it is necessary to write in that way."--Suzanne Vega (Reuters)

Charlie Minor, A&M Records Senior Vice President of Promotion told Billboard, "['Luka'] is the freshest new piece of music on the street, and it's such a change from the urban/dance situations. Suzanne is an artist, and I really have to pat radio on the back for being awake and aware."

The self-titled debut album sold over 200,000 copies in the US and over 500,000 copies outside the US. It went double platinum in the U.K. and was on the American Billboard Chart for 27 weeks.

Solitude Standing was released in May 1987.

A&M's Latin Division asked if Suzanne would record "Luka" in Spanish. Suzanne reworked the lyric with her stepfather to ensure the meaning was true and that it would be well-received in different Latin markets. After hearing the Spanish version of "Luka," Herb Alpert asked if she wanted to record the whole album in Spanish.

Days of Open Hand sold only about 350,000 copies.

SOURCES:
Suzanne Vega. Billboard, June 27, 1987.
Viva Vega! Billboard, August 29, 1987.
Vega Stirs Up Social Conscience. Prodigy Services Company, December 28, 1992.
Rising Possibilities. www.vega.net, July 12, 2000.

Suzanne Vega/DNA
OFFICIAL WEB SITE: Suzanne Vega

PLAYERS IN THE BAND
Suzanne Vega
   Born: Jul 11, 1959
   Instrument(s): guitar, vocals
   See Suzanne Vega/DNA, Suzanne Vega/Double


Suzanne Vega PHOTOS

Suzanne Vega DISCOGRAPHY

FORMAT KEY LEGEND

FORMAT KEY
  1 = long playing vinyl album
  2 = compact disc
  3 = VHS video tape
  4 = cassette tape
  5 = Digital Compact Cassette
  7 = 7-inch vinyl single
  8 = 8-track tape
  9 = Longbox cassette
  0 = open reel tape
12 = 12-inch single
PS = picture sleeve
TS = cassette single
MT = mastertone/ringback

Suzanne Vega U.S. Album Discography

TITLELABELSTOCK NO.RELEASED
99.9FA&M Records31454 00051992
99.9FA&M Records31454 00261992
99.9FA&M Records31458 80521992
Blood That Makes Noise/Bad WisdomA&M Records31458 80181992
Book and a CoverA&M Records31458 86141998
Days of Open HandA&M Records75021 39331990
Days of Open HandA&M Records75021 52931990
HeadshotsA&M RecordsAMSAD 004111997
No Cheap ThrillA&M RecordsAMSAD 003891996
RetroSpective: the Best Of Suzanne VegaA&M Records60694936702003
Sessions at West 54th StreetA&M Records31454 07881997
Solitude StandingA&M Records602557279932017
Solitude StandingA&M Records75021 51361990
Solitude StandingA&M RecordsSP 51361987
Songs in Red and GrayA&M Records60694931112001
Songs in Red and GrayA&M RecordsAMRF 104932001
Suzanne VegaA&M Records75021 50721990
Suzanne VegaA&M RecordsSP 50721985
Tom's AlbumA&M Records75021 53631991
Tried and TrueA&M Records31454 09451998
When Heroes Go DownA&M Records31458 01591993
Widow's WalkA&M RecordsAMRR 105142001
World Before Columbus/CaramelA&M Records31458 21041997
World Before Columbus/Caramel/Blood Makes Noise/Small Blue ThingA&M Records31458 21051997

Suzanne Vega U.S. Singles and E.P. Discography

TITLE:LABEL:STOCK NO.:RELEASED:
Blood Makes NoiseA&M Records31458 80461992
Blood Makes NoiseA&M Records75021 80180000
Book of Dreams/Men in a WarA&M RecordsSP 180181990
Gypsy/Left of CenterA&M Records29881987
Left of CenterA&M RecordsSP 173721986
Left of Center/Small Blue ThingA&M Records28341986
LukaA&M Records75021 23720000
LukaA&M RecordsSP 174611987
LukaAyM DiscosAM 350840000
Luka/Left of CenterA&M RecordsAM 86790000
Marlene on the WallA&M RecordsSP 173281985
Marlene on the Wall/Neighborhood GirlsA&M Records27591985
Portrait of an ArtistA&M RecordsSP 174721987
Solitude StandingA&M RecordsSP 174841987
Solitude StandingA&M RecordsSP 174891987
Solitude Standing/Tom's DinerA&M Records29601987
Tom's DinerA&M Records75021 23421990
Tom's DinerA&M Records75021 86991996

Suzanne Vega U.S. Song List

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
99.9F199331458 0152
99.9F

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
99.9F199231458 8052
99.9F (LP Version)
In Liverpool (Live)

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
99.9F031454 0012
Rock in This Pocket (Song of David)
Blood Makes Noise
In Liverpool
99.9 F
Blood Sings
Fat Man and Dancing Girl
In My Movie (If You Were)
As a Child
Bad Wisdom
When Heroes Go Down
As Girls Go
Song of Sand
Private Goes Public

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
99.9F199231454 0026
Rock in This Pocket (Song of David)
Blood Makes Noise
In Liverpool
99.9 F
Blood Sings
Fat Man and Dancing Girl
In My Movie (If You Were)
As a Child
Bad Wisdom
When Heroes Go Down
As Girls Go
Song of Sand
Private Goes Public

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
99.9F199231458 8051
99.9F

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
99.9F199231454 0005
Rock in This Pocket (Song of David)
Blood Makes Noise
In Liverpool
99.9 F
Blood Sings
Fat Man and Dancing Girl
In My Movie (If You Were)
As a Child
Bad Wisdom
When Heroes Go Down
As Girls Go
Song of Sand

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Blood Makes Noise199231458 8046
Blood Makes Noise (Remix)
Blood Makes Noise (LP Version)

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Blood Makes Noise075021 8018
Blood Makes Noise

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Blood Makes Noise20076025173664
Blood Makes Noise
Blood Makes Noise
Blood Makes Noise
Blood Makes Noise
Blood Makes Noise
Blood Makes Noise
Blood Makes Noise
Blood Makes Noise
Blood Makes Noise

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Blood Makes Noise/Men Will Be Men199231458 0033
Blood Makes Noise
Men Will Be Men

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Blood That Makes Noise/Bad Wisdom199231458 8018
Blood That Makes Noise (Album Version)
Bad Wisdom

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Book and a Cover199831458 8614
Book and a Cover

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Book of Dreams1990SP 18015
Book Of Dreams

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Book of Dreams199075021 1500
Book of Dreams

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Book of Dreams/Men in a War1990SP 18018
Book Of Dreams
Men In a War

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Caramel1996AMCDP 00188
Caramel

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Days of Open Hand199075021 5293
Tired Of Sleeping
Men In a War
Rusted Pipe
Book Of Dreams
Institution Green
Those Whole Girls (Run In Grace)
Room Off the Street
Big Space
Predictions
Fifty-Fifty Chance
Pilgrimage

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Days of Open Hand199075021 3933
Tired of Sleeping
Men in a War
Rusted Pipe
Book of Dreams
Institution Green
Those Whole Girls (Run in Grace)
Room off the Street
Big Space
Predictions
Fifty-Fifty Chance
Pilgrimage

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Gypsy/Left of Center19872988
Gypsy
Left Of Center

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Headshots1997AMSAD 00411
Headshots (LP Version)
Headshots (Live)
Caramel (Live)
No Cheap Thrill (Live)

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
In Liverpool031458 8140
In Liverpool

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Last Year's Trouble2001SVCDP 1

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Left of Center1986SP 17372
Left Of Center

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Left of Center/Small Blue Thing19862834
Left Of Center
Small Blue Thing

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Luka20066024985715
Luka
Luka
Luka
Luka
Luka
Luka
Luka
Luka
Luka
Luka

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Luka1987SP 17461
Luka
Luka

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Luka075021 2372
Luka

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Luka0AM 35084
Luka (En Espanol)
Luka (English)

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Luka/Left of Center0AM 8679
Luka
Left Of Center

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Luka/Night Vision19872937
Luka
Night Vision

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Marlene on the Wall1985SP 17328
Marlene On the Wall (Specially Remixed Version)
Marlene On the Wall (Specially Remixed Version)

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Marlene on the Wall 2008602517 810686
Marlene on the Wall
Marlene on the Wall
Marlene on the Wall
Marlene on the Wall
Marlene on the Wall
Marlene on the Wall
Marlene on the Wall
Marlene on the Wall
Marlene on the Wall

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Marlene on the Wall/Neighborhood Girls19852759
Marlene On the Wall
Neighborhood Girls

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Nine Objects of Desire199631454 0583
Birth-day (Love Made Real)
Headshots
Caramel
Stockings
Casual Match
Thin Man
No Cheap Thrill
World Before Columbus
Lolita
Honeymoon Suite
Tombstone
My Favorite Plum

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
No Cheap Thrill199631458 8510
No Cheap Thrill

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
No Cheap Thrill1996AMCDP 00297
No Cheap Thrill (LP Version)

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
No Cheap Thrill199631458 2018
No Cheap Thrill

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
No Cheap Thrill1996AMSAD 00389

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Portrait of an Artist1987SP 17472
Tom's Diner
Luka
Gypsy
Solitude Standing
Calypso
Marlene On the Wall
Tom's Diner (Reprise)

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
RetroSpective: the Best Of Suzanne Vega20036069493670
Luka
Tom's Diner
Marlene on the Wall
Caramel
Small Blue Thing
Blood Makes Noise
Left of Center
Your Maggie May (I'll Never Be)
In Liverpool
Gypsy
Book of Dreams
No Cheap Thrill
Calypso
World Before Columbus
Solitude Standing
Penitent
Rosemary
Queen and the Soldier (the)
Woman on the Tier

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Sessions at West 54th Street199731454 0788
Marlene On the Wall
Gypsy
Caramel
Small Blue Thing
World Before Columbus
Luka
Cracking

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Solitude Standing199075021 5136
Tom's Diner
Luka
Ironbound/Fancy Poultry
In the Eve
Night Vision
Solitude Standing
Calypso
Language
Gypsy
Wooden Horse (Caspar Hauser's Song)
Tom's Diner

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Solitude Standing1987SP 5136
Tom's Diner
Luka
Ironbound/Fancy Poultry
In the Eve
Night Vision
Solitude Standing
Calypso
Language
Gypsy
Wooden Horse (Caspar Hauser's Song)
Tom's Diner

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Solitude Standing201760255727993
Tom's Diner
Luka
Iron Bound/Fancy Poultry
In the Eye
Night Vision
Solitude Standing
Calypso
Language
Gypsy
Wooden Horse (Casper Hauser's Song)
Tom's Diner

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Solitude Standing1987SP 17489
Solitude Standing

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Solitude Standing1987SP 17484
Solitude Standing
Solitude Standing

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Solitude Standing/Tom's Diner19872960
Solitude Standing
Tom's Diner

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Songs in Red and Gray20016069493111
Penitent
Widow's Walk
Your Maggie May (I'll Never Be)
It Makes Me Wonder
Soap and Water
Songs in Red and Gray
Last Year's Troubles
Priscilla
If I Were a Weapon
Harbor Song
Machine Ballerina
Solitaire
St. Clare

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Songs in Red and Gray2001AMRF 10493
Penitent
Widow's Walk
Your Maggie May (I'll Never Be)
It Makes Me Wonder
Soap and Water
Songs in Red and Gray
Last Year's Troubles
Priscilla
If I Were a Weapon
Harbor Song
Machine Ballerina
Solitaire
St. Clare

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Suzanne Vega1985SP 5072
Cracking
Freeze Tag
Marlene On the Wall
Small Blue Thing
Straight Lines
Undertow
Some Journey
Queen and the Soldier (the)
Knight Moves
Neighborhood Girls

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Suzanne Vega1988CC 31003
Luka
Left of Center (Live)
Neighborhood Girls (Live)

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Suzanne Vega199075021 5072
Cracking
Freeze Tag
Marlene On the Wall
Small Blue Thing
Straight Lines
Undertow
Some Journey
Queen and the Soldier (the)
Knight Moves
Neighborhood Girls

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Tom's Album199175021 5363
Rusted Pipe
Tom's Diner
Dep De Do Dep
Daddy's Little Girl
Waiting At the Border
Tom's Diner
Tom's Diner
Jeannie's Diner
Tom's Diner Rap
Tages Kafe
Tom's Diner Reprise
Tom's Diner

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Tom's Diner199075021 2342
Tom's Diner (12" Version)
Tom's Diner (7" Version)
Tom's Diner (Reprise)
Tom's Diner (A Cappella)

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Tom's Diner199075021 1529
Tom's Diner (7" Version)
Tom's Diner (12" Version)

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Tom's Diner20086025176521
Tom's Diner
Tom's Diner
Tom's Diner
Tom's Diner
Tom's Diner
Tom's Diner
Tom's Diner
Tom's Diner
Tom's Diner

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Tom's Diner199675021 8699
Tom's Diner (7" Version)
Tom's Diner (LP Version)

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Tried and True199831454 0945
Luka
Tom's Diner
Marlene on the Wall
Caramel
99.9F
Small Blue Thing
Blood Makes Noise
Left of Center
In Liverpool
Gypsy
Book of Dreams
No Cheap Thrill
World Before Columbus
When Heroes Go Down
Queen and the Soldier (the)
Book and a Cover
Rosemary

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
When Heroes Go Down199231458 8093
When Heroes Go Down

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
When Heroes Go Down199331458 0226
When Heroes Go Down

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
When Heroes Go Down199331458 0159
When Heroes Go Down

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Widow's Walk2001AMRR 10514
Widow's Walk (Edit)

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World Before Columbus/Caramel199731458 2104
World Before Columbus
Caramel

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
World Before Columbus/Caramel/Blood Makes Noise/Small Blue Thing199731458 2105
World Before Columbus
Caramel
Blood Makes Noise
Small Blue Thing


Suzanne Vega MUSIC CHARTS

Suzanne Vega on Record Charts

US ALBUMS
TITLESTOCK NO.CHART NAMEPEAK
99.9F31454 0005Billboard Pop86
Days of Open Hand75021 5293Billboard Pop50
Solitude StandingSP 5136Billboard Pop11
Suzanne VegaSP 5072Billboard Pop91
US SINGLES & EPs
TITLESTOCK NO.CHART NAMEPEAK
Solitude Standing/Tom's Diner2960Billboard Pop94