A Million Ways

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"A Million Ways"
Single by OK Go
from the album Oh No
B-side "This Will Be Our Year", "Down for the Count", "The Lovecats"
Released August, 2005 (US)
February 12, 2006 (UK)
Format CD, 7"
Recorded 2004–2005
Genre Alternative rock, funk rock
Length 3:13
Label Capitol
Writer(s) Damian Kulash, Jr., Timothy Nordwind
Producer(s) Tore Johansson
OK Go singles chronology
"Don't Ask Me"
(2002)
"A Million Ways"
(2006)
"Do What You Want"
(2006)

"A Million Ways" is a song by rock band OK Go from their album Oh No. It was the first song from the album to be released as a single and became the band's breakthrough song thanks to the internet sensation that was the accompanying music video.

The B-side "This Will Be Our Year" is a cover version of the 1968 song by The Zombies from their album Odessey and Oracle and was previously released on the 2004 compilation album Future Soundtrack for America. "The Lovecats", a cover of The Cure's hit single was previously released on the band's previous EP and would later be released for a third time on the single for "Here It Goes Again". "Down for the Count" was previously unreleased and has since been released as a digital single on iTunes in 2007.

The song appeared as a playable track in the game Band Hero.

Track listings[edit]

U.S. promo one-sided 7" single[edit]

  1. "A Million Ways"

UK CD single 1[edit]

  1. "A Million Ways"
  2. "This Will Be Our Year"

UK CD single 2[edit]

  1. "A Million Ways"
  2. "Down for the Count"
  3. "The Lovecats"
  4. "A Million Ways" (enhanced video)

UK 7" single[edit]

  1. "A Million Ways"
  2. "This Will Be Our Year"

Music video[edit]

A low-budget, homemade music video for the song was made in April or May 2005[1] showing the band in Damian Kulash's backyard, performing a dance routine choreographed by Kulash's sister, Trish Sie. The song's vocals are lip-synced in the video by bassist Tim Nordwind instead of Damian, following the format from the dance choreographed for the song "C-C-C-Cinnamon Lips", which Tim sings. The footage was not intended to be released as the single's music video, but it was sent via e-mail to friends of the band and spread around the internet becoming an internet sensation. It premiered on Fuse on August 18, 2005.[2] The band was inspired by music videos such as Janet Jackson's "Rhythm Nation" and film The Matrix for the video's choreography.[3]

On July 18, 2006, OK Go unveiled "The OK Go Dances With You(Tube) Contest" in which contestants submitted their pastiches of the video on YouTube. The winners would dance live with the band at one of their concerts. The contest ended on August 31, 2006. A compilation of these submissions was added on the DVD for the Deluxe Edition of Oh No.

The routine has been performed by the band on many occasions. They performed it on Mad TV and Soccer AM. They also performed the number in Paris, France to promote their French website [2].

References[edit]

  1. ^ A Choreographer's Tale (Part I) at OK Go's official blog; published May 26, 2005; retrieved January 26, 2013
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ "OK Go Have Another Homemade Clip In The Can". Montogomery, James. Retrieved 04-01-14. 

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