Bloc Party discography

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Bloc Party discography
Two guitarists perform energetically side-by-side on a stage lit by white lights.
(left–right) Lissack and Okereke during a performance in Cardiff in October 2005
Releases
Studio albums 4
EPs 3
Singles 21
Music videos 19
Remix albums 2

The discography of Bloc Party, a British indie rock[1] band, consists of four studio albums, three extended plays (EPs), and two remix albums released on primary label Wichita Recordings. Bloc Party were formed in 1999 by chief songwriter and frontman Kele Okereke (vocals, rhythm guitar) and Russell Lissack (lead guitar).[2] Bassist Gordon Moakes and drummer Matt Tong joined the band later.[2] The quartet's first release was the Bloc Party EP in 2004; the first single, "She's Hearing Voices," was released from this, but failed to chart in the United Kingdom. The next EP, Little Thoughts, was released the same year only in Japan; it included Bloc Party's first UK Top 40 entry, the double A-side "Little Thoughts/Tulips," which peaked at number 38.

Bloc Party's first studio album, Silent Alarm, was released in 2005 and was the band's UK breakthrough by reaching number three on the UK Albums Chart. The album generated a hit single, "So Here We Are/Positive Tension," which peaked at number five on the UK Top 40. In late 2005, Silent Alarm was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize and was voted NME Album of the Year.[3][4] After two years, during which their songs appeared on several compilations, the band members released A Weekend in the City in 2007. The record entered the UK Albums Chart at number two and debuted in the United States at number 12. The first single from the album, "The Prayer," peaked at number four on the UK Top 40 and is the quartet's highest charting UK song to date.

In 2008, Bloc Party released their third studio album, Intimacy, which reached a peak of number eight in the UK and entered the Billboard 200 in the U.S. at number 18. The highest charting single from the record was "Mercury," which peaked at number 16 on the UK Top 40. As of 2009, Bloc Party have sold more than three million album copies in their career.[5]

The band released their fourth studio album on 21 August 2012 via Frenchkiss Records,[6] titled Four. It is their first following a prolonged hiatus for the band, during which several members of the band were involved in side projects. Four was produced by Alex Newport (The Mars Volta, At The Drive-In, Polysics), and the album was recorded and mixed in New York City. Along with the release of the album, the band have announced a string of European, U.S. and festival appearances following a two-year absence from the stage.

Studio albums[edit]

Year Details Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
UK
[7]
AUS
[8]
BEL
[9]
CAN
[10]
FRA
[11]
GER
[12]
IRL
[13]
NZL
[14]
SWE
[15]
U.S.
[10]
2005 Silent Alarm
  • Released: 2 February 2005
  • Label: Wichita
3 30 14 114 14 93 3 36 11 114
2007 A Weekend in the City
  • Released: 24 January 2007
  • Label: Wichita
2 2 2 7 10 5 2 5 24 12
2008 Intimacy
  • Released: 21 August 2008 (digital)
  • Released: 24 October 2008 (physical)
  • Label: Wichita
8 5 2 17 22 18 12 14 18
2012 Four 3 3 2 9 21 6 10 17 57 36

Extended plays[edit]

Year Details
2004 Bloc Party (EP)[23]
  • Released: 24 May 2004
  • Distributor: V2
Little Thoughts EP[24]
  • Released: 15 December 2004
  • Distributor: V2 (Japan only)
2013 The Nextwave Sessions[25]
  • Released: 12 August 2013
  • Distributor: Frenchkiss

Singles[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Release
UK
[7]
[26][27]
AUS
[8][28] [29]
BEL
[9]
EU
[10]
GER
[30]
IRL
[13]
JPN
[10]
SWE
[15]
U.S. Alt.
[31]
U.S.
Dance

[31]
2004 "She's Hearing Voices"[2] Bloc Party (EP)
"Banquet/Staying Fat" 51
"Little Thoughts/Tulips" 38 53 Little Thoughts EP
"Helicopter" 26 51
2005 "Tulips" (U.S. only)[32]
"So Here We Are/Positive Tension" 5 31 Silent Alarm
"Banquet" 13 42 37 34
"Pioneers" 18 62
"Two More Years" 7 25 49
2006 "Helicopter" (U.S. only) 5
2007 "The Prayer" 4 20 52 14 81 18 A Weekend in the City
"I Still Remember" 20 68 24
"Hunting for Witches" 22 63 74
"Flux" 8 27 41
2008 "Mercury" 16 65 53 85 Intimacy
"Talons" 39 55
2009 "One Month Off" 170 72
"Signs (Armand Van Helden Remix)" 115 Intimacy Remixed
"One More Chance" 15 61 13 Non-album track
2012 "Octopus" 121 59 99 Four
"Kettling"
2013 "Truth" 85
"Ratchet" 81 The Nextwave Sessions
"—" denotes singles that did not chart, have not charted yet, or were not released.

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Director(s)
2004 "Banquet" (version 1) Nautilus[33]
"Little Thoughts" Ben Dawkins[34]
"Helicopter" (UK version) Type2error[35]
"So Here We Are" AlexandLiane[36]
2005 "Tulips" Charles Spano and Tim Sutton[37]
"Banquet" (version 2) AlexandLiane[36]
"Banquet" (version 3) Scott Lyon[38]
"Pioneers" Minivegas[39]
"Banquet (The Streets Mix)" Adam Smith[40]
"Helicopter" (U.S. version) Minivegas[41]
"Two More Years" Dominic Leung[42]
2006 "The Prayer" Walter Stern[43]
"I Still Remember" Aggressive[44]
2007 "Hunting For Witches" OneInThree[45]
"Flux" Ace Norton[46]
2008 "Mercury"
"Talons" Minivegas[47]
"One Month Off" D.A.D.D.Y.[48]
2009 "Signs (Armand Van Helden Remix)" Hiro Murai[48]
"One More Chance" Wendy Morgan[48]
"Ares (Villains Remix)" Filmed live by fans on mobile phones
2012 "Octopus" Nova Dando
"Kettling" James Lees
2013 "Truth" Clemens Habicht[49]
"Ratchet" Cyriak[50]

Remix albums[edit]

Year Details
2005 Silent Alarm Remixed[51]

(Two More Years EP + Silent Alarm Remixed in Japan)

  • Released: 29 August 2005
  • Supplement to Silent Alarm featuring remixes of tracks.
2009 Intimacy Remixed[51]
  • Released: 11 May 2009
  • Supplement to Intimacy featuring remixes of tracks.

Compilations[edit]

Listed are songs that were not released by Bloc Party as stand-alone singles, but which were included in third-party formats.

Year Song Album Details
2003 "The Marshals Are Dead" The New Cross: An Angular Sampler[52] Previously released on the Bloc Party EP.
2005
"This Modern Love" The Wedding Crashers soundtrack[53] Previously released on Silent Alarm.
"Like Eating Glass" Cry Wolf soundtrack[54]
"The Present" Help!: A Day in the Life[55] Specially recorded song.
"Like Eating Glass (Tony Hawk Mix)" Tony Hawk's American Wasteland[56] Reworked by Tony Hawk for his video game.
2006 "The Answer" Transgressive Records Singles[57] Previously released on the Bloc Party EP.
"Like Eating Glass (Black Strobe Remix)" Black Strobe: A Remix Collection[58] Remixed by Black Strobe for his compilation.
2007 "Say It Right" Radio 1's Live Lounge: Volume 2[59] Cover of a 2006 Nelly Furtado song.
"Rhododendrons" Causes 1[60] Previously released as a B-side to the 7" edition of "Hunting for Witches".
2009 "Where Is Home? (Diplo Remix)" Decent Work for Decent Pay[61] Remixed by Diplo for his compilation.

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