4 AM (Our Lady Peace song)
|Single by Our Lady Peace|
|from the album Clumsy|
|Released||January 12, 1998|
|Format||Promo-only CD single|
|Genre||Alternative rock, Post-grunge|
|Our Lady Peace singles chronology|
Background and writing
The song title, "4am", was said by the band that it had double meanings—that it was completely written at 4:00 am, and it stands for Raine Maida's father's initials, Anthony Maida.
The lyrical content in the song was about a dream vocalist Raine Maida had. In the dream, his father was dying in the hospital, but he arrives too late to say that he loved him. The song thoroughly explains it in direct context.
The song was reviewed negatively by Billboard Magazine who said, "To warrant a snail-paced tempo. a song should ideally deliver pleasing vocals or poetic lyrics, and this overwrought ballad by Our Lady Peace unfortunately does neither."
The music video was directed by Tony Pantages and was filmed in early December 1997 in Los Angeles during El Niño. It premiered on MuchMusic on January 23, 1998. In the video, the band is shown riding in a black 1958 Cadillac Series 75 limousine. There is also an edited version of the video made for airing in the U.S. The edited version is similar to the original, except it is shorter and features different camera shots at different times than the original. For example, in the original, Maida sings the majority of the song in the car, while in the edited version, he sings mostly on an empty street.
US promo single
- "Radio Edit" – 3:30
- "Album Version" – 4:15
- "Callout Hook #1" – :10
- "Callout Hook #2" – :05
|Canadian RPM Top Singles||29|
|Canadian RPM Alternative Top 30||8|
|U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks||31|
|U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks||38|
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