Down (311 song)
|Single by 311|
|from the album 311|
|Released||July 9, 1996 (pop radio release)
November 26, 1996 (CD single release)
|Genre||Alternative rock, alternative metal, rap metal, funk metal|
|Writer(s)||Nick Hexum, S.A. Martinez|
|Producer(s)||Ron Saint Germain|
|311 singles chronology|
"Down" is a song by the band 311. It is the first song on their third album, 311. It was their first #1 single on the Billboard Alternative Songs charts, and along with their self-titled album, was largely responsible for launching them into mainstream success. An accompanying video for the song was in rotation on MTV at the time of its release. Due to its massive popularity it was also included as the first song on their live album, Live, and on their greatest hits album, Greatest Hits '93-'03. Since its release it has also become a staple of their live concerts, and is usually dedicated "to all the old-school 311 fans."
The music video consists of the band performing in a warehouse and includes scenes of the band members singing the song in various backgrounds, such as a rotating coin, a circle with flowing sparks, and even dancing in front of a paper wall display. Also included are scenes in which the band members are meditating with an obese spiritual man who sometimes floats in the air through the power of meditation while one of the band members experiences it.
Boston-based grindcore band Anal Cunt performed a version of this song, entitled "311 Sucks", on their 1997 album I Like It When You Die. The "cover" consists of singer Seth Putnam mocking the band by singing gibberish in tune with the song's original music; after one verse and one chorus, the song ends abruptly with the shouted words "you fucking suck".
- "Down (Album Version)
- "Down (Live)
- "Jackolantern's Weather" (Album Version)
- "Do You Right" (Album Version)
|Canadian RPM Top Singles||60|
|Canadian RPM Alternative 30||4|
|US Billboard Hot 100 Airplay||37|
|US Billboard Alternative Songs||1|
|US Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks||19|
- "Top Singles - Volume 64, No. 8, October 07 1996". RPM. Retrieved 2010-12-06.
- "Rock/Alternative - Volume 64, No. 4, September 09 1996". RPM. Retrieved 2010-12-06.
- American singles chart