Default (song)

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Single artwork
Single by Atoms for Peace
from the album Amok
B-side "What the Eyeballs Did"
Released November 19, 2012 (2012-11-19)
Format 12", digital download
Genre Electronic, IDM
Length 5:16
Label XL
Writer(s) Atoms for Peace
Producer(s) Nigel Godrich
Atoms for Peace singles chronology
"Judge, Jury and Executioner"

"Default" is a 2012 single by the English supergroup Atoms for Peace. It was released as a digital download on 10 September 2012[1] and on 12" vinyl on 4 December 2012.[2] This was the first non-remixed track released by the band and featured on their debut album, Amok.[3][4][5]


While scheduled for release on 10 September 2012, "Default" was made available for sale on iTunes on 6 September.[6] At this point, Thom Yorke announced on the Radiohead website details of the song's release, saying, "The first tune we'd like you to hear is Default. A 12" vinyl version will follow next month and an album will eventually follow that next year."[7] On 26 September, details of the vinyl release were announced, stating that the track "What the Eyeballs Did" would serve as the single's B-side.[3]

Atoms for Peace performed "Default" live on the September 25th, 2013 airing of "The Daily Show". The performance was notable due to the presence of Flea on the bass guitar, which is much more prominent in this live version.[8]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Default"   5:15
2. "What the Eyeballs Did"   4:03
3. "Default (Instrumental Edit)"   4:14
Total length:


  1. ^ "Default - iTunes". Retrieved 25 October 2012. 
  2. ^ "XL Recordings - Default". Retrieved 25 October 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Thom Yorke's Atoms for Peace Detail Vinyl Release of Debut Single". Retrieved 25 October 2012. 
  4. ^ "Thom Yorke on Atoms for Peace's 'Mechanistic' New Album". 
  5. ^ "Atoms for Peace confirm details of debut album". 
  6. ^ "Listen to the New Track from Thom Yorke's Atoms for Peace". Retrieved 25 October 2012. 
  7. ^ "Atoms for Peace". Retrieved 25 October 2012. 
  8. ^ Daily Show. "Atoms for Peace". Default_Live. Daily Show. Retrieved September 25, 2013. 

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