Breathe (The Prodigy song)

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"Breathe"
Single by The Prodigy
from the album The Fat of the Land
Released 11 November 1996
Format 12 inch vinyl record
CD single
Recorded Essex, England
Genre Big beat, breakbeat, synthpunk, industrial rock
Length 5:35 (album version)
3:59 (edit)
Label XL Recordings
Writer(s) Liam Howlett, Keith Flint, Maxim Reality
Producer(s) Liam Howlett
Certification 2x Platinum (AUS) Platinum (UK, SWE)
The Prodigy singles chronology
"Firestarter"
(1996)
"Breathe"
(1996)
"Smack My Bitch Up"
(1997)

"Breathe" is a song by English band The Prodigy. It was released in November 1996 as the second single from the album The Fat of the Land. The song became the group's second consecutive number-one on both the Official UK and Finnish Singles Chart. An edited version of the song is featured as the opening track on MuchMusic's Diamond-Certified compilation album, Big Shiny Tunes 2. The song also featured in a 2012 television commercial for Tooheys Extra Dry.[1] The Prodigy performed "Breathe" at the 1997 MTV Video Music Awards, and won the Viewer's Choice Award.[2][3] The music video was directed by Walter Stern and took place in what resembled an abandoned, decrepit apartment building, with the band members and various animals, like a crocodile, millipedes and cockroaches, as its inhabitants.

Track listing[edit]

12" vinyl record[edit]

  1. "Breathe" (Edit) – 3:59
  2. "The Trick" – 4:25
  3. "Breathe" (Instrumental) – 5:35
  4. "Their Law" (Live at Phoenix Festival '96) – 5:24

CD single[edit]

  1. "Breathe" (Edit) – 3:59
  2. "Their Law" (Live at Phoenix Festival '96) – 5:24
  3. "Poison" (Live at Torhout & Werchter Festival '96) – 5:17
  4. "The Trick" – 4:25

Chart performances[edit]

The song was a major worldwide hit, reaching the top 10 in several countries such as Australia, Austria, Belgium, the Netherlands, New Zealand and Switzerland. Breathe was a number-one hit in Finland, Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom. The song was also a hit in France, reaching #26.[4]

In the United States, the song reached #18 on the US Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart.[5]

Popular Culture[edit]

Up until the 2012 PDC World Darts Championship, Dutch darts player Michael van Gerwen used the song as his walk-on theme.[6]

Charts and certifications[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tooheys Extra Dry "Nocturnal Migration" TVC - AdNews". YouTube. 2011-09-25. Retrieved 2014-03-31. 
  2. ^ "MTV Video Music Awards | Highlights, Winners, Performers and Photos from the 1997 MTV Video Music Awards". MTV.com. 1997-09-04. Retrieved 2014-03-31. 
  3. ^ "1997 MTV Video Music Awards". Rock On The Net. 1997-09-04. Retrieved 2014-03-31. 
  4. ^ Steffen Hung. "The Prodigy - Breathe". australian-charts.com. Retrieved 2014-03-31. 
  5. ^ "The Prodigy | Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-03-31. 
  6. ^ "Michael van Gerwen: Is Mighty Mike the next dominant force?". BBC. 19 December 2012. Retrieved 21 December 2013. 
  7. ^ "Australian-charts.com – The Prodigy – Breathe". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved July 18, 2012.
  8. ^ "The Prodigy – Breathe – Austriancharts.at" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved July 18, 2012.
  9. ^ "Ultratop.be – The Prodigy – Breathe" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved July 18, 2012.
  10. ^ "Ultratop.be – The Prodigy – Breathe" (in French). Ultratop 50. Retrieved July 18, 2012.
  11. ^ "Top Singles – Volume 66, No. 1, September 08 1997". RPM. Walt Grealis. Retrieved July 18, 2012. 
  12. ^ a b c "Hits of the World". Billboard (Prometheus Global Media) 108 (52): 51. December 28, 1996. ISSN 0006-2510. 
  13. ^ "The Prodigy: Breathe" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved July 18, 2012.
  14. ^ "Lescharts.com – The Prodigy – Breathe" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved July 18, 2012.
  15. ^ "Die ganze Musik im Internet: Charts, News, Neuerscheinungen, Tickets, Genres, Genresuche, Genrelexikon, Künstler-Suche, Musik-Suche, Track-Suche, Ticket-Suche – musicline.de" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH. Retrieved July 18, 2012.
  16. ^ "The Irish Charts – All there is to Know" (enter search parameter The Prodigy into Search by Artist box, then select Go). Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved July 18, 2012. 
  17. ^ "Hits of the World". Billboard (Prometheus Global Media) 109 (6): 40. February 8, 1997. ISSN 0006-2510. 
  18. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – week 48, 1996" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40 Retrieved July 18, 2012.
  19. ^ "Charts.org.nz – The Prodigy – Breathe". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved July 18, 2012.
  20. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – The Prodigy – Breathe". VG-lista. Retrieved July 18, 2012.
  21. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – The Prodigy – Breathe". Singles Top 60. Retrieved July 18, 2012.
  22. ^ "The Prodigy – Breathe – swisscharts.com". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved July 18, 2012.
  23. ^ "Archive Chart" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved July 18, 2012.
  24. ^ "Prodigy Album & Song Chart History". Billboard Alternative Songs for Prodigy. Retrieved January 29, 2014. 
  25. ^ "Top 40 – Jaargang 32, 1996". Dutch Top 40 (in Dutch). Stichting Nederlandse Top 40. Retrieved July 28, 2012. 
  26. ^ Zywietz, Tobias. "CIN Singles 1996 – The Top 200 Singles Of 1996". Zobbel.de. Tobias Zywietz. Retrieved July 28, 2012. 
  27. ^ "ARIA Charts – End Of Year Charts – Top 100 Singles 1997". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved July 28, 2012. 
  28. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 1997 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved July 18, 2012. 
  29. ^ "Ultratop − Goud en Platina – 1997". Ultratop & Hung Medien / hitparade.ch. Retrieved September 9, 2012. 
  30. ^ a b The first web page presents the sales figures, the second presents the certification limits:
  31. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Prodigy; 'Breathe')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved July 28, 2012. 
  32. ^ "Polish album certifications – Prodigy – Breathe" (in Polish). Polish Producers of Audio and Video (ZPAV). Retrieved July 18, 2012. 
  33. ^ "Guld- och Platinacertifikat − År 1987−1998" (PDF) (in Swedish). IFPI Sweden. Retrieved July 18, 2012. 
  34. ^ "British single certifications – Prodigy – Breathe". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved July 18, 2012.  Enter Breathe in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select single in the field By Format. Click Go

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"What Becomes of the Brokenhearted" / "Saturday Night at the Movies" / "You'll Never Walk Alone"
by Robson & Jerome
UK Singles Chart Number 1 single
November 17, 1996 for 2 weeks
Succeeded by
"I Feel You" by Peter André