Amazing (Alex Lloyd song)

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"Amazing"
Single by Alex Lloyd
from the album Watching Angels Mend
Released 17 September 2001 (2001-09-17)
Format CD, digital download
Genre Soft rock
Length 3:22
Label EMI
Writer(s) Alex Lloyd
Producer(s) Magnus Fiennes, Alex Lloyd
Certification Gold (ARIA)
Alex Lloyd singles chronology
"Downtown"
(2001)
"Amazing"
(2001)
"Green"
(2002)
Music sample

"Amazing" is a song written by Australian singer-songwriter Alex Lloyd and released in 2001. It was a successful single, which reached the top of the New Zealand chart, and topped the poll in youth radio station Triple J's Hottest 100 in 2001. The song is an example of the evergreen 'four chords of pop' progression. It was included in the album Watching Angels Mend.

In 2004 the song was licenced for use in advertisements for the Ford Territory 4-wheel drive (SUV) vehicle. It has been used in two other TV advertisements, reportedly earning Lloyd payments of "hundreds of thousands of dollars". In 2008, truck driver Mark O'Keefe sued Lloyd, claiming that the two of them wrote the song together on "a series of beer coasters" at a hotel in 1991 when Lloyd was 16, and that accordingly Lloyd owed him royalties. Lloyd denied ever meeting O'Keefe.[1]

"Amazing" is used in the international trailer for the 2005 film Imagine Me & You, the same year saw Alex Lloyd perform the song live outside the Sydney Opera House during the Boxing day 2004 Tsunami fundrasing concert.

Music video[edit]

The video clip of this song was filmed around the Southern Highlands in New South Wales. It features a schoolgirl named Sarah living in the year 1976. One day while travelling to school by bus, Sarah notices a young man walking near the road. Desperately, she decides to skip school and have her own freedom including writing her name in a local toilet, rowing a boat, drawing a picture and walking around the streets in her local town. Unfortunately, Sarah's chance of freedom was cut short when her mum caught her in a library. At the end, Sarah is back in uniform the next day and waits for a bus to get to school.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Amazing" — 3:24
  2. "Downtown" — 4:45
  3. "My Way Home" (XFM live session) — 4:20
  4. "What a Year" (XFM live session) — 4:00

Charts[edit]

Chart (2001) Peak
position
Australian Singles Chart[3] 14
New Zealand Singles Chart[4] 1
Chart (2002) Peak
position
Dutch Singles Chart[5] 91
UK Singles Chart[6] 176

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalog
Australia[2] 17 September 2001 EMI CD single 8798972

Personnel[edit]

The following people contributed to "Amazing":

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Truckie changes his Amazing story". The Age. 27 August 2008. 
  2. ^ a b "New Releases Singles - Week Commencing 17th September 2001". ARIA Charts. Retrieved 3 November 2009.
  3. ^ "Amazing - Australian top 50 chart run". Australian-charts.com. Retrieved 5 November 2009.
  4. ^ "Amazing - New Zealand top 50 chart run". Charts.org.nz. Retrieved 5 November 2009.
  5. ^ "Amazing - Dutch top 100 chart run". Dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 5 November 2009.
  6. ^ "Chart Log UK - DJ Steve L. – LZ Love". Zobbel.de. Retrieved 4 November 2009.

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"My Happiness" by Powderfinger
Triple J Hottest 100 song of the year
2001
Succeeded by
"No One Knows" by Queens of the Stone Age
Preceded by
"Whenever, Wherever" by Shakira
New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart number-one single
10 March 2002
Succeeded by
"Whenever, Wherever" by Shakira