Blind (Hercules and Love Affair song)

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"Blind"
Single by Hercules and Love Affair
from the album Hercules and Love Affair
Released March 3, 2008
Format CD single, Digital download
Genre Disco, house, dance-punk, nu-disco
Length 6:18 (Album Version)
3:47 (Radio Edit)
Label DFA Records
Writer(s) Antony Hegarty, Andrew Butler
Producer(s) Antony Hegarty, Andrew Butler, Tim Goldsworthy
Hercules and Love Affair singles chronology
"Classique #2"/"Roar"
(2008)
"Blind"
(2008)
"You Belong"
(2008)
Music video
"Blind" on YouTube

"Blind" is the first single from the eponymous debut album by Hercules and Love Affair.

Writing and inspiration[edit]

"Blind" was written by Antony Hegarty and Andrew Butler. The song began as a poem by Butler before it was recorded by Hegarty.[1]

Critical reception[edit]

Jacob Wright of Resident Advisor commented that the song is "accessible," yet is "new and ambitious and different, and it has quality."[2]

The Chicago Maroon placed "Blind" at #2 on the Top 5 Songs of 2008.[3] "Blind" ranked at #2 on the 10 Best Singles of 2008 list by American magazine Entertainment Weekly.[4] Mother Jones ranked "Blind" at #14 on The Best Singles of 2008.[5] Likewise, NME placed "Blind" at #18 on the Top 50 Singles of 2008.[6] Pitchfork Media placed "Blind" at #1 on the The 100 Best Tracks of 2008[7] and at #18 on The Top 500 Tracks of the 2000s.[8] PopMatters placed "Blind" at #8 on The Best Singles of 2008.[9] Resident Advisor voted "Blind" at #6 on the Top 30 Tracks of 2008[10] and at #18 on the Top 100 Tracks of the 2000s.[11] Rolling Stone placed "Blind" at #77 on the 100 Best Singles of 2008.[12] Slant Magazine placed "Blind" at #4 on the Top 25 Singles of 2008[13] and at #16 on the Best of the Aughts: Singles.[14] SPIN placed "Blind" at #19 on the The 20 Best Songs of 2008.[15] In October 2011, NME placed it at number 128 on its list "150 Best Tracks of the Past 15 Years".[16]

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Blind" was directed by Saam Farahmand. The video features English actress Jaime Winstone. Winstone is seen walking through a Greek ritualistic orgy. Doric columns and a lot of swirling mist are seen throughout the video.[17]

Track listings[edit]

Antony performing "Blind" as a part of the Hercules and Love Affair collective during the 2012 Meltdown Festival at London's Southbank Centre.
  1. "Blind (Radio Edit)" - 3:47
  2. "Shadows" - 4:19
  3. "Blind (Frankie Knuckles Vocal)" - 7:54
  4. "Blind (Hercules Club Mix)" - 7:00
  1. "Blind" - 6:16
  2. "Shadows" - 4:15
  3. "Blind (Frankie Knuckles Remix)" - 7:51
  4. "Blind (Serge Santiago Version)" - 10:48
  5. "Blind (Hercules Club Mix)" - 6:56
  6. "Blind (Frankie Knuckles Dub)" - 8:09

Song usage[edit]

"Blind (Serge Santiago Version)" appeared on the mix album FabricLive.41 by Simian Mobile Disco.[20]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2008) Peak
position
Belgian Singles Chart (Flanders)[21] 23
Belgian Tip Chart (Wallonia)[21] 22
Belgian Dance Chart[21] 2
Italian Singles Chart[21] 12
UK Singles Chart[22] 40
UK Dance Chart 1
U.S. Dance/Club Play Songs[23] 22
Preceded by
"Night" by Benga and Coki
UK Dance Chart number-one single
March 15, 2008 – March 22, 2008
Succeeded by
"Night" by Benga and Coki

Nominations[edit]

Year Category Genre Recording Result
UK Music Video Awards[24]
2008 Best Producer Music Video Blind Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ Zipf, Jen (2009-01-13). Hercules & Love Affair Interview Prefix Magazine. Retrieved 2010-06-28.
  2. ^ Wright, Jacob (2008-03-02). Hercules and Love Affair - Blind Resident Advisor Retrieved 2010-06-28.
  3. ^ Underwood, Rob (2009-01-09). Top 5 Songs of 2008 The Chicago Maroon. Retrieved 2010-06-28.
  4. ^ "10 Best Singles of 2008". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2010-06-10. 
  5. ^ (2008-12-16). The Best Singles of 2008 Mother Jones. Retrieved 2010-06-28.
  6. ^ (2008-12-11). NME's Top 50 of 2008 Sputnikmusic. Retrieved 2010-06-28.
  7. ^ (2008-12-15). 100 Best Tracks of 2008 Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 2010-06-28.
  8. ^ (2009-08-21). The Top 500 Tracks of the 2000s: 20-1 Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 2010-06-28.
  9. ^ (2008-12-19). The Best Singles of 2008 PopMatters. Retrieved 2010-06-28.
  10. ^ (2008-12-22). Top 30 Tracks of 2008 Resident Advisor. Retrieved 2010-06-28.
  11. ^ (2010-12-29). RA Poll: Top 100 Tracks of the 2000s Resident Advisor. Retrieved 2010-06-28.
  12. ^ (2008-12-11). Rolling Stone’s 100 Best Singles of 2008 Stereogum. Retrieved 2010-06-28.
  13. ^ (2008-12-15). 2008: Year in Music Slant Magazine. Retrieved 2010-06-29.
  14. ^ (2010-01-25). Best of the Aughts: Singles Slant Magazine. Retrieved 2010-06-30.
  15. ^ (2008-12-12). The 20 Best Songs of 2008 SPIN. Retrieved 2010-06-28.
  16. ^ http://www.nme.com/list/150-best-tracks-of-the-past-15-years/248648/page/3
  17. ^ (2008-02-11). Hercules and Love Affair’s Blind by Saam PromoNews. Retrieved 2010-06-28.
  18. ^ Hercules And Love Affair - Blind Discogs. Retrieved 2010-06-10.
  19. ^ Blind - Hercules and Love Affair iTunes. Retrieved 2010-06-28.
  20. ^ Simian Mobile Disco - FabricLive.41 Discogs. Retrieved 2010-06-30.
  21. ^ a b c d Hercules and Love Affair - Blind Ultratop. Retrieved 2010-06-10.
  22. ^ Hercules and Love Affair - Blind Chart Stats. Retrieved 2010-06-10.
  23. ^ Hercules and Love Affair - Chart History - Dance/Club Play Songs Billboard. Retrieved 2010-06-30.
  24. ^ (2008-09-29). UK Music Video Awards 2008 – Individual award nominations in full PromoNews. Retrieved 2010-06-28.