Boy from School

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"Boy from School"
Single by Hot Chip
from the album The Warning
B-side "The Bell Ringers", "Laws of Salvation", "A Glue Too Thick", "A Bad Bad Tackle"
Released 27 June 2006
Genre House, synthpop
Length 5:20
Label EMI
Astralwerks
Writer(s) Hot Chip
Producer(s) Hot Chip
Hot Chip singles chronology
"Over and Over"
(2006)
"Boy from School"
(2006)
"Colours"
(2006)

"Boy from School" is a single by Hot Chip, released on 27 June 2006, from Hot Chip's second album, The Warning. The original title of the song (which appears on The Warning) was "And I Was a Boy from School", however, this was shortened on the request of EMI.[1] The song was covered by Portastatic in 2006, Maritime in 2007,[2] Grizzly Bear in 2010 and Tears For Fears in 2013.[3]

Music video[edit]

Two reviews made comparisons of the video to Art Attack. Boomkat.com said "for anyone who was raised on a diet of Neil Buchanan", that the video would bring back the memory of giant Art Attacks, and This Is Fake DIY said, "They've gone all Neil Buchanan on us".[4][5]

When asked about the Art Attack style video by Jonson Walker of Gigwise, Alexis Taylor said, "Yeah the video was fucking expensive! We actually said that we weren't going to spend that kind of money again unless we were blowing up cars but we'll learn."[1]

Critical reception[edit]

Drowned in Sound compared "Boy from School" to "Over and Over" and said the song had retained the "incessant, thumping kick drum and the choral harmonies" but had incorporated differences.[6] Drowned in Sound also said the "synths drop out to leave behind the introspective sighs of 'We try but we don't belong' [adding] a human touch to a genre led by the robotic likes of Daft Punk", a quality that might "prove to be Hot Chip's trump card." Virgin Media described the song as a "bittersweet electro gem" with "achingly gorgeous vocal harmonies that run throughout, occasionally blossoming into a reverb-treated chorus that feels like sinking back onto a bed of marshmallow".[7]

Boomkat.com described the song, "Boy from School (Cosmic Sandwich Remix)", as having an increased tempo with rougher edges, that "chases out the lyrics" and described "Boy from School (Erol Alkan's Rework)", as being given "a dusting of disco powder".[4][8]

NME said the song "fuses the thudding robots-take-Ibiza beat of Stardust's "Music Sounds Better with You" to the melancholy synth swoon of Aphex Twin's Selected Ambient Works Vol. 2, whilst MusicOMH said the song "fuses a similar folk lullaby approach to the disco drive of Spiller's "Groovejet" ".[9][10] MusicOMH also said the song was "poptastically lovely", with male-female vocal harmonies, which were compared to Scritti Politti and Mojave 3, and said that the drums and keyboard take the song "in the direction of Giorgio Moroder and Kraftwerk." [11]

The song was listed at #29 on Pitchfork Media's top 500 songs of the 2000s.

The song appeared in The Simpsons episode "A Totally Fun Thing That Bart Will Never Do Again."[12]

Track listing[edit]

CD 1:

  1. "Boy from School" – 5:20
  2. "Boy from School" (Hot Chip Rework) – 7:10
  3. "A Glue Too Thick" – 3:13
  4. "Boy from School (Erol Alkan's Rework)" – 10:18
  5. "The Bell Ringers" – 5:37
  6. "Boy from School (Cosmic Sandwich Remix)" – 8:33

CD 2:

"Boy From School".

"Law Of Salvation".

"Boy From School" (EROL ALKAN'S Rework).

"Boy From School" (Video).

Personnel[edit]

  • Erol Alkan – reworking
  • Owen Clarke – art direction, design
  • Tom Elmhirst – mixing
  • Bevis Martin – artwork
  • Matt Paul – assistant engineer
  • Richard Wilkinson – engineer

Chart positions[edit]

"Boy from School" charted for two weeks on the UK Singles Top 75 chart, peaking at position #40.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Walker, Jonson (2006-05-08). "Hot Sh*t: Hot Chip". Gigwise. Retrieved 2008-03-08. 
  2. ^ Richardson, Mark (2008-02-07). "New Music: Maritime: "Guns of Navarone" / "Boy from School" (Hot Chip cover)". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 2008-07-02. 
  3. ^ "Grizzly Bear Cover Hot Chip | News". Pitchfork. 2010-01-22. Retrieved 2012-01-17. 
  4. ^ a b "Hot Chip - Boy from School (Cosmic Sandwich Mix)". Boomkat.com. Retrieved 2008-07-02. 
  5. ^ "Hot Chip - Boy from School". This Is Fake DIY. Retrieved 2008-07-02. 
  6. ^ Marwood, Ben. "Hot Chip: Boy from School". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved 2008-07-02. 
  7. ^ "Hot Chip - Boy from School review". Virgin Media. Retrieved 2008-07-02. 
  8. ^ "Hot Chip - And I Was A Boy from School (Erol Alkan Mix)". Boomkat.com. Retrieved 2008-07-02. 
  9. ^ "Hot Chip: Boy from School - Splendiferous pop alchemy". NME. 2006-05-05. Retrieved 2008-07-02. 
  10. ^ Shepherd, Sam. "Hot Chip - The Warning (EMI)". MusicOMH. Retrieved 2008-07-02. 
  11. ^ Hubbard, Michael. "Hot Chip - Boy from School (EMI)". MusicOMH.com. Retrieved 2008-07-02. 
  12. ^ http://pitchfork.com/news/46346-animal-collective-and-hot-chip-music-featured-on-the-simpsons/
  13. ^ "Boy from School". Acharts.us. Retrieved 2008-05-05.