Hide and Seek (Imogen Heap song)
|"Hide and Seek"|
|Single by Imogen Heap|
|from the album Speak for Yourself|
|Released||19 May 2005|
|Format||Paid download, vinyl|
|Length||4:29 (album version)
3:01 (radio edit)
|Imogen Heap singles chronology|
"Hide and Seek" is a 2005 song written, produced, and performed by Imogen Heap. The song was released as the first single from her second album Speak for Yourself. The single was certified gold by the RIAA on April 3, 2009. Itself influenced by Paul Lansky's "Her Song", the track was later sampled in Jason Derülo's "Whatcha Say", a song receiving international success.
The music video for the song features Heap singing the song against a slowly flashing white room with wind. The video is presented in a heavily pillarboxed format.
Covers, remakes, and samples
Heap arranged an alternate version of the song, labeled "Hide and Seek 2", for the compilation album Songs for Tibet: The Art of Peace.
Canadian guitarist Antoine Dufour recorded a solo guitar version of the song. It is featured on his album "Convergences". British alternative rock band Fightstar covered the song as a B-Side to their single, "The English Way". This is performed solely by lead singer Charlie Simpson on Vocals and Piano. The Christian crunkcore band And Then There Were None has also covered the song. Additionally, English rock/folk artists The Dunwells recorded a guitar only version of the song with three-part harmony featuring vocalists Joseph Dunwell, his brother David Dunwell, and the band's drummer, Jonny Lamb singing counterpoint. It is featured on the band's 2012 EP Leaving of the Rose. British band Amber also recorded a cover of the song in 2012. A capella band Transit covered the song on their 2007 debut album.
Jason Derülo's 2009 single "Whatcha Say" prominently sampled Heap's song. The single topped the Billboard Hot 100. The University of Oregon Women's a cappella group Divisi also recorded the song.
Both EDM artists Avicii and Afrojack have sampled the chorus from "Hide and Seek" in remixes of the song. Dubstep artist Roksonix produced a remix of the original song however titled it under Jason Derulo's single "Whatcha Say". The English folk/rock band The Dunwells have also covered a version of "Hide and Seek" in three-part harmony. 
Other appearances in media
The song gained popularity after being featured as background music at the climax of the season two finale of the American television series The O.C., later parodied in a 2007 Saturday Night Live digital short called The Shooting.
The song also appears in the films The Last Kiss, The Town and Warren Miller's Off the Grid. It has also been featured in the series So You Think You Can Dance, Smith, The L Word, The Real World: Sydney, Degrassi: The Next Generation, the German telenovela Anna und die Liebe and CSI: Miami.
- "Hide And Seek (Radio Edit)" – 3:02
- "Hide And Seek (Album Version)" – 4:29
- "Hide And Seek" – 4:29
- "Cumulus" – 3:34
|2005||UK Download Chart||22|
|UK Singles Chart||125|
|U.S. Hot Digital Songs||37|
|U.S. Pop 100||91|
|2006||UK Singles Chart||140|
|2008||Hot Canadian Digital Singles||57|
- Album version – 4:29
- Single version – 4:16
- Radio edit – 3:01
- Afrojack remix – 4:41
- Tiësto's In Search of Sunrise remix – 8:32
- Morgan Page Bootleg Mix - 6:04
- Otto Knows Bootleg
- Ferry Corsten Bootleg
|United States||19 May 2005||RCA Victor|
|United Kingdom||26 September 2005||Megaphonic|
- "Jason Derülo's Whatcha Say sample of Imogen Heap's Hide and Seek". WhoSampled. Retrieved 2012-05-20.
- "Billboard Hot 100 – Week of October 31, 2009". Retrieved 2012-05-20.
- Chart Log UK: M Zobbel.de