Galvanize (song)

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Single by The Chemical Brothers featuring Q-Tip
from the album Push the Button
Released 17 January 2005
Format CD, 12"
Recorded 2004
Genre Big beat, alternative hip hop, electronica
Length 6:33 (Album version)
4:28 (UK radio edit)
3:11 (International radio edit)
Label Virgin Records
Producer(s) The Chemical Brothers
The Chemical Brothers singles chronology
"Get Yourself High"
Music video
"Galvanize" on YouTube
Music sample

"Galvanize" is a song by British electronic duo The Chemical Brothers and the first single released from their 2005 album Push the Button. It was released a week before the album's release and peaked at No. 3 on the UK Singles Chart (see 2005 in music).

The track features a distinct Moroccan Chaabi string sample from Najat Aatabou's song "This is an obvious lie". The main hook of the song is in an unusual 6/4 time signature. The track also features rapping by Q-Tip (member of A Tribe Called Quest). In part of the song, a sample from their early single "Leave Home" plays.

It was the highest charting single in their native United Kingdom by The Chemical Brothers since "Hey Boy Hey Girl", which had also reached No. 3 in 1999. In Spain, it reached No. 1 and it held the top spot for two weeks. In Australia, the song was ranked No. 65 on Triple J's Hottest 100 of 2004.[1]

It won the Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording in February 2006.[2] That same month, an Anheuser-Busch television commercial for Budweiser Select featured "Galvanize". The song also started appearing in NBC's Sunday Night Football coverage in 2008. "Galvanize" was used as walk-on music by darts player Kevin Painter, and is currently used heavily during live T20 Cricket, specifically when a video review is taking place.[citation needed] The song was used to start the entrance of the athletes at the opening ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London and in Need for Speed: Most Wanted. Its most recent usage is heard in the opening credits for the show "Hot Stove" on MLB Network.

Music video[edit]

The music video was filmed in Málaga, Spain. It involves three boys wearing clown face paint, who sneak into a club during a Krump dance fight. One of the boys starts dancing in the dance-off, but they are caught and taken by the police.

Track listings[edit]

In the UK[edit]

  1. "Galvanize"
  2. "Rize Up"
  • CD 2 CHEMSDX21
  1. "Galvanize"
  2. "Galvanize" (Extended Version)
  3. "Electronic Battle Weapon 7"
  4. "Galvanize" (Video)
  • 12" CHEMST21
  1. "Galvanize" (Extended Version)
  2. "Electronic Battle Weapon 7"

In Australia[edit]

  • released 17 January 2005 by Virgin Records
  • CD 8765962
  1. "Galvanize"
  2. "Galvanize" (Extended Version)
  3. "Electronic Battle Weapon 7"

In the US[edit]

  1. "Galvanize" (Extended Version)
  2. "Rize Up"
  3. "Electronic Battle Weapon 7"
  • 12" ASW 76599
  1. "Galvanize" (Extended Version)
  2. "Electronic Battle Weapon 7"

In Japan[edit]

  • released 26 January 2005 by Toshiba-EMI
  • CD VJCP-12183
  1. "Galvanize" (Single Edit)
  2. "Galvanize" (Extended Version)
  3. "Galvanize" (Abe Duque Remix)
  4. "Rize Up"
  5. "Electronic Battle Weapon 7"
  6. "Galvanize" (Video)


  1. ^ "Hottest 100 2004", triple j (Australian Broadcasting Corporation), retrieved 13 November 2011 
  2. ^ Press Association (9 February 2006), "U2 Win Five Grammys", The Guardian (Guardian Media Group), retrieved 13 November 2011 

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