Let Forever Be

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"Let Forever Be"
Single by The Chemical Brothers featuring Noel Gallagher
from the album Surrender
Released 2 August 1999 (1999-08-02)
Format CD, 12" vinyl, cassette
Recorded 1999
Genre Big beat, experimental rock, psychedelic rock
Length 3:56 (album version)
3:40 (radio edit/Singles 93–03 version)
Label Freestyle Dust, Virgin, Astralwerks
Writer(s) Tom Rowlands, Ed Simons, Noel Gallagher
Producer(s) The Chemical Brothers
The Chemical Brothers chronology
"Hey Boy Hey Girl"
(1999)
"Let Forever Be"
(1999)
"Out of Control"
(1999)

"Let Forever Be" is a song by English big beat band The Chemical Brothers, released as the second single from their third album Surrender. It contains the vocals of Noel Gallagher of Oasis, who also co-wrote the song.

The song's drum loop and crashing cymbal effects bear similarity to those of The Beatles' song "Tomorrow Never Knows".

Both the track's B-sides sample tracks from Surrender: "The Diamond Sky" samples the track "Surrender", and "Studio K" samples "The Sunshine Underground".

"Let Forever Be" was The Chemical Brothers' fourth top ten single in the UK, peaking at number 9 in the UK Singles Chart.[citation needed] The song was also one of their biggest hits in the United States, peaking at number 29 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart.[1]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Let Forever Be" – 3:56
  2. "The Diamond Sky" – 3:37

-Contains sample from Chemical Brothers song Surrender.

  1. "Studio K" – 5:48

-Contains sample from The Sunshine Underground, off Surrender.

Music video[edit]

The video for the track was directed by Michel Gondry, and utilized ground-breaking video and film effects in its depiction of a young woman's nightmares (the girl is played by actress and dancer Stephanie Landwehr[2]). The video, which drew much visual inspiration from Ray Davies' 1975 Granada TV production Starmaker, received much media attention and became one of the most well-known videos from the band. The video also makes specific visual and thematic references to the dance sequence "Dames" (music by Harry Warren; lyrics by Al Dubin), choreographed by Busby Berkeley for the Warner Brothers musical Dames (1934) directed by Ray Enright.

Release history[edit]

Region Release date Label Format Catalogue
Japan 23 July 1999 Virgin Japan CD VJCP-12127
UK 2 August 1999 Freestyle Dust CD CHEMSD9
12" vinyl CHEMST9
[Cassette CHEMSC9
USA 3 August 1999 Astralwerks CD ASW95999-2

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic: Charts & Awards - The Chemical Brothers "Surrender"
  2. ^ from "official Chemical Brothers site's forum" [1].

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