Black and White Town

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"Black and White Town"
Single by Doves
from the album Some Cities
Released 7 February 2005 (2005-02-07)
Format 2 x CD, 7" vinyl
Recorded 2004
Genre Indie rock
Length 4:15
Label Heavenly Records
Writer(s) Jez Williams, Jimi Goodwin, Andy Williams
Producer(s) Doves, Ben Hillier
Doves singles chronology
"Caught by the River"
"Black and White Town"
Live at Eden
Music video
"Black and White Town" on YouTube
Alternative cover
Maxi-CD cover.

"Black and White Town" is the lead single on Doves' third album, Some Cities. The single was released as a promo CD on 13 December 2004, and as a full single on 7 February 2005. The song scored the band their second Top 10 hit, charting at #6 on the UK Singles Chart. The atmospheric single is noted for its heavy piano and guitars played in unison, with Andy Williams' percussion maintaining a driving beat. The music video for "Black and White Town" was filmed on the Summerston council estate in Glasgow. There also exists a "director's cut" of the video, featuring different footage, which can be found on the DVD in the limited edition box set version of the Some Cities album.

The song was used prominently by the BBC during their coverage of the 2005 Six Nations rugby tournament. Not only was it used in the 2005 Six Nations championships, but it is still used in the BBC's coverage of all international rugby. It is also used for Sky's coverage of the UEFA Champions League, as well as being used in the video game FIFA 06,

Track listings[edit]

All songs written and composed by Jez Williams, Jimi Goodwin, and Andy Williams, except where noted. 

Promo CD (HVN145CDRP)
No. Title Length
1. "Black and White Town"   4:23
2. "Black and White Town" (Instrumental) 4:23
UK 2-track CD (HVN145CD)
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Black and White Town"     4:23
2. "At the Tower"   Williams, Goodwin, Williams, Hazlewood 4:37
UK limited edition CD with fold-out poster (HVN145CDS)
No. Title Length
1. "Black and White Town"   4:23
2. "45"   4:17
3. "Eleven Miles Out"   4:32
4. "Black and White Town" (Enhanced Video)  
UK 7" vinyl in fold-out poster sleeve (HVN145)
No. Title Length
1. "Black and White Town"   4:23
2. "45"   4:17


Chart (2005) Peak
UK Singles Chart[1] 6
Irish Singles Chart[2] 11


  1. ^ Doves - Chart Stats
  2. ^ - Discography Doves