Crying Lightning

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"Crying Lightning"
Single by Arctic Monkeys
from the album Humbug
B-side "Red Right Hand"
"I Haven't Got My Strange"
Released 6 July 2009 (Digital download)
17 August 2009 (Vinyl release)
Format 7", 10"
Genre Psychedelic rock, indie rock,[1][2] neo-psychedelia
Length 3:43
Label Domino
Writer(s) Alex Turner
Producer(s) Josh Homme (track 1)
James Ford (track 3)
Arctic Monkeys singles chronology
"Teddy Picker"
(2007)
"Crying Lightning"
(2009)
"Cornerstone"
(2009)
Humbug track listing
  1. "My Propeller"
  2. "Crying Lightning"
  3. "Dangerous Animals"
  4. "Secret Door"
  5. "Potion Approaching"
  6. "Fire and the Thud"
  7. "Cornerstone"
  8. "Dance Little Liar"
  9. "Pretty Visitors"
  10. "The Jeweller's Hands"

"Crying Lightning" is a song by the English indie rock band Arctic Monkeys, released as the first single from their third album Humbug. It was first played on Zane Lowe's show on BBC Radio 1 on 6 July 2009 and was then made available on iTunes to download the following day. Physical copies of the single were made available on 17 August, one week before the release of the album.[3] The vinyl was made available in Oxfam shops and sold with a download code for fans to get a free MP3 version of the song.[4]

The single debuted at #12 on the UK Singles Chart on 12 July 2009 by downloads alone.

Music video[edit]

The music video for the single debuted on Channel 4 in UK on 24 July 2009.

The music video, directed by Richard Ayoade (who worked with the band previously on the video for "Fluorescent Adolescent", as well as their At the Apollo live DVD), shows the band performing the song on a boat on a rough sea. During a short instrumental interlude, a large figure rises up from the sea in the form of frontman, Turner. He falls to his knees where the boat passes between his legs before the other three band members (Cook, Helders and O'Malley) also rise up out from the water.

Track listing[edit]

10", MP3 Digital Download
No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Crying Lightning"   Alex Turner Arctic Monkeys 3:43
2. "Red Right Hand"   Nick Cave Nick Cave/Mick Harvey/Conway Savage/Thomas Wydler 4:19
3. "I Haven't Got My Strange"   Alex Turner Arctic Monkeys 1:29
7"
No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Crying Lightning"   Alex Turner Arctic Monkeys 3:43
2. "Red Right Hand"   Nick Cave Nick Cave/Mick Harvey/Conway Savage/Thomas Wydler 4:19

Credits and personnel[edit]

Arctic Monkeys
Additional musicians
  • Josh Homme - backing vocals (track 3)
  • John Ashton - keyboards, backing vocals (track 1), guitar

Charts[edit]

Charts (2009)[5] Peak
position
Austrian Singles Chart[6] 70
Belgium Singles Chart (Flanders)[7] 63
Belgium Singles Chart (Wallonia)[8] 49
Canadian Singles Chart 15
French Singles Chart[9] 23
UK Indie Chart 1
UK Singles Chart 12
Japan Singles Chart 44

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