When We Was Fab (2 Versions) / Zig Zag / That’s The Way It Goes 12″ Single


UK Release Date 12” Single – 25 January 1988

Picture Disc – 8 February 1988

UK Catalogue Number 12” Single – Dark Horse W 8131 T

12” Picture Disc – Dark Horse W 8131 TP

Weeks On UK Chart (to date) 7
Peak UK Chart Position 25
Lowest Matrix Numbers 12” Single *W-8131T-A* / *W-8131T-B*

Picture Disc W-8131-TP-A / W-8131-TP-B


The second single taken from the Cloud Nine album, When WeWas Fab was released on 25 January 1988 in the UK where it peaked at number 25 during a seven week run. In the US it was released on 30 January 1988 and peaked at number 23 during an eleven week run.

Co written with Jeff Lynne the song harks back to George’s days in The Beatles. As well as some obvious lyrics like Back when income tax was all we had (Taxman) and You’ve Really Got A Hold Me (track on With The Beatles) the music has a real Beatles feel to it, even going psychedelic with backward tapes and a sitar. For good measure Ringo plays the drums.

Continuing the Beatles theme the sleeve includes George’s face taken from the Revolver cover, with the ER from REVOLVER left in for good measure, plus a picture of George as he was in 1988 done in the same style. The boxset release also included a cut out of George in his Sgt Pepper costume.

For the video there is a scene where George and Ringo are playing together with a third person dressed as a Walrus playing the bass left handed. At the same time Neil Aspinall walks by with a copy of John’s Imagine album under his arm so that we have all four Beatles in the shot at the same time. Incidentally Elton John, Paul Simon and Jeff Lynne also have small cameos in the video.

The standard 12″ version was issued on the same day as the 7″ single whilst the 12″ picture disc came out two weeks later on 8 February 1988. Both feature When We Was Fab (Unextended Version) which is the same as the single/album track, Zig Zag which is an instrumental taken from Hand Made’s film Shanghai Surprise, That’s The Way It Goes which is a remixed version of the Gone Troppo track and When We Was Fab” (reverse ending) which is an extended version of the song, containing the last minute or so of the song played in reverse.

I have both the standard 12″ version and the 12″ picture disc shown below. My 7″ single can be found here and my CD single can be found here.


Standard 12″ Single

The pictures below are of my standard 12″ copy which has the matrix numbers *W-8131TB-A* and *W-8131T B*. It also has a a very feint DAMONT hand etched in the run off on both sides, meaning it was pressed at the Damont pressing plant in Hayes, Middlesex. The record is in beautiful condition visually and plays through just about perfectly, just the odd spot of ultra feint crackle. The top opening sleeve is in very good to excellent condition, just some very light shelf wear and ringwear but no rips, splits or writing etc.

Estimated Value : £10 – £15


12″ Picture Disc

The pictures below are of my 12″ picture disc which has the matrix numbers W-8131-TP-A and W-8131-TP-B. The record is in excellent condition visually though I have not play tested it. It is still in it’s original transparent sleeve that is a little rippled and has a very small, about 1cm, split at the bottom. It still has the limited edition sticker attached.

Estimated Value : £20 – £25



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