Quelle Surprise

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"Quelle Surprise"
Single by Enter Shikari
Released 19 May 2011
Format Digital download, 7" vinyl
Recorded 2011
Genre Electronicore, industrial metal, rap metal
Length 4:35
Label Ambush Reality
Writer(s) Enter Shikari
Enter Shikari singles chronology
"Quelle Surprise"
This article is about the 2011 music single. For the idiom, see wiktionary: quelle surprise.

"Quelle Surprise" is a single by British rock band Enter Shikari, released on May 19, 2011. It was originally planned to be the first single released from the band's third studio album A Flash Flood of Colour; however, Rou Reynolds has since confirmed that it won't feature, and instead will be a stand alone single much like the previous single "Destabilise".[1] The song was first played live at the SXSW Festival on 18 March 2011 in Houston, Texas. The track's debut airing was on 19 May 2011 Zane Lowe's BBC Radio 1 show, he chose the track for the "Hottest Record In the World" spot.[2]

The single was released on iTunes shortly after being played on Zane's show. The single comes with 3 b-sides, 2 of them being remixes of "Destabilise", one by Reynolds' side project ROUT and the other by London artists Creatures of Love. The other b-side being a live recording of "Hectic" from the Enter Shikari Christmas party featuring Matty P. It was announced that on July 11, 2011, this EP is going to be released as a limited edition 2 7" vinyl set (one will be red and one will be white).

The song was eventually included on A Flash Flood of Colour as a bonus track on the iTunes version of the album in the UK and Ireland. The same edition of the album also included the previous stand alone single "Destabilise" as a bonus track, as well.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Enter Shikari. 

No. Title Length
1. "Quelle Surprise" (Clean) 4:35
2. "Quelle Surprise"   4:35
3. "Hectic" (Live) (feat. Matty P.) 4:31
4. "Destabilise" (Rout Remix) 5:15
5. "Destabilise" (Creatures of Love Remix) 3:56
6. "Destabilise" (Jonny & The Snipers Version) 4:03


Enter Shikari
  • Roughton "Rou" Reynolds - vocals, electronics
  • Liam "Rory" Clewlow guitar, background vocals
  • Chris Batten bass, background vocals
  • Rob Rolfe - drums, background vocals
  • Dan Weller - production, mixing


Chart (2011) Peak
UK Singles Chart[3] 113
UK Rock Chart[4] 5
UK Indie (Official Charts Company)[5] 15