Obstacle 1

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"Obstacle 1"
Single by Interpol
from the album Turn On the Bright Lights
Released November 11, 2002
September 15, 2003 (Reissue)
Format CD, 7", DVD
Recorded Tarquin Studios, 2002
Genre Post-punk revival
Length 3:36 (radio edit)
4:11 (album version)
Label Matador Records
Writer(s) Interpol
Producer(s) Peter Katis, Gareth Jones
Interpol singles chronology
"Interpol EP"
"Obstacle 1"
"Say Hello to the Angels"/"NYC"
Interpol singles chronology
"Say Hello to the Angels"/"NYC"
"Obstacle 1" (reissue)
"Slow Hands"

"Obstacle 1" is a song by Interpol, from their first album Turn On the Bright Lights. The song was released as a single on November 11, 2002, then remixed by producer Arthur Baker and reissued as a single on September 15, 2003. The music video for "Obstacle 1" was directed by Floria Sigismondi. A WKQX Radio interview with the band states that they wrote the song after watching a news report about a model's recent death. The song was ranked at #64 on Pitchfork Media's 'Top 500 Tracks of the Decade' list.[1]

"Obstacle 1" is featured as a playable track on Guitar Hero World Tour. Singer Charlotte Martin has a rendition of "Obstacle 1" on her album, Reproductions.

Track listing[edit]

2002 single[edit]

CD (OLE570-2):

  1. "Obstacle 1" – 4:11
  2. "PDA" (Live KCRW Morning Becomes Eclectic Session) – 4:56
  3. "Hands Away" (Live Peel Session) – 3:10

7" vinyl (OLE570-7):

  1. "Obstacle 1" – 4:11
  2. "Obstacle 2" (Live Peel Session) – 3:50

2003 single[edit]

Remix CD (OLE594-2):

  1. "Obstacle 1" (Arthur Baker Remix Edit) – 4:17
  2. "Obstacle 1" (Arthur Baker Remix Long Version) – 5:55
  3. "Obstacle 1" (Radio Edit) – 3:36

7" vinyl (OLE594-7):

  1. "Obstacle 1" (Arthur Baker Remix Edit) – 4:17
  2. "Obstacle 1" (Live Black Session) – 4:18

DVD (OLE594-9):

  1. "Obstacle 1" (video) – 3:47
  2. "Specialist" (Live Black Session) (audio) – 6:34
  3. "Leif Erikson" (Live Black Session) (audio) – 3:55

Music video[edit]

The promotional video for the song was directed by Floria Sigismondi.[2] It shows several shots of the band playing in an aisle, there are many wires moving up and down. Then, a woman (Floria herself) appears dancing the song on another aisle. In a shot, a glass of water fall down and breaks, the water begins to move through the aisles and arrives to the aisle where the woman is dancing. The woman falls down and is electrocuted as a result of the electrical wires in the water.


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  2. ^ "Matador Records Interpol Music & Video". matadorrecords.com. Retrieved 2009-03-01.