Protection (Massive Attack song)

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Single by Massive Attack and Tracey Thorn
from the album Protection
Released 9 January 1995
Format CD, 12"
Recorded 1994
Genre Trip hop

7:51 (album version)

4:53 (single edit)
Label Virgin Records
Writer(s) Robert Del Naja, Grant Marshall, Andrew Vowles, Tracey Thorn
Producer(s) Massive Attack and Nellee Hooper
Massive Attack chronology chronology

"Protection" is a collaboration between Massive Attack and Everything But the Girl singer Tracey Thorn, that appeared on Massive Attack's album Protection on CD and 12" in 1994. It reached #14 in the UK Singles Chart, staying there for four weeks. The song was also included on Everything But the Girl's compilations The Best of and Like the Deserts Miss the Rain.

The song contains samples taken from The Payback by James Brown,[1] namely the hi-hat/bass figure that drives the beat and the recurrent wah-wah guitar chord. The subject of "Protection" is an inversion of the aggressive, upbeat revenge scenario in James Brown's track.

Michel Gondry directed the music video for the track.

Track listings[edit]

UK CD single #1
  1. "Protection" (7" edit)
  2. "Protection" (The Eno Mix)
  3. "Protection" (Radiation for the Nation Mix)
  4. "Protection" (J Sw!ft Mix)
UK CD single #2
  1. "Protection"
  2. "Protection" (Underdog's Angel Dust Mix)
  3. "Three" (Dom T's House of Fortune Mix)
UK 12" single
  1. "Protection" (Underdog's Angel Dust Mix)
  2. "Protection" (Radiation for the Nation Mix)
  3. "Protection" (The Eno Mix)
  4. "Protection" (J Sw!ft Mix)
  5. "Protection" (album version)
UK 2×12" single
  1. "Protection" (The Eno Mix)
  2. "Protection" (The Eno Instrumental)
  3. "Protection" (Underdog's Angel Dust Mix)
  4. "Protection" (Angel Dust Instrumental)
  5. "Three" (Dom T's House of Fortune Mix)
  6. "Protection" (Radiation for the Nation Mix)
  7. "Protection" (album version)
  8. "Protection" (J Sw!ft Mix)
US CD single
  1. "Protection" (album version) – 7:51
  2. "Protection" (single edit) – 4:53
  3. "Protection" (The Eno Mix) – 9:10
  4. "Protection" (J Sw!ft Mix) – 7:12
  5. "Three" (Dom T's House of Fortune Mix) – 7:16


Chart (1995) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[2] 91
New Zealand (RIANZ)[3] 27
UK Singles Chart (Official Charts Company)[4] 14

External links[edit]


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  2. ^ Kent, David (2006). Australian Chart Book 1993–2005. St Ives: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-45889-2. 
  3. ^ "Massive Attack feat. Tracey Thorn – Protection". Hung Medien. Retrieved 5 August 2013. 
  4. ^ "Massive Attack". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 5 August 2013.