Remedy (Little Boots song)

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"Remedy"
Single by Little Boots
from the album Hands
B-side "Love Kills"
Released 15 June 2009 (2009-06-15)
Format CD single, digital download,
7" single, 12" single
Genre
Length 3:19
Label
Writer(s)
Producer(s) RedOne
Little Boots singles chronology
"New in Town"
(2009)
"Remedy"
(2009)
"Earthquake"
(2009)
Alternative cover
Promotional and Japanese cover[1]

"Remedy" is a song by English recording artist Little Boots from her debut studio album, Hands (2009). Written by Little Boots and RedOne, the song was released as the album's second single on 17 August 2009 in the United Kingdom, becoming her most successful single on the UK Singles Chart to date. A remix EP of the song was also made available on the US iTunes Store on 8 December 2009.

Background and writing[edit]

Little Boots composed "Remedy" in Los Angeles with RedOne over a two-day period. She initially found working with RedOne intimidating because their collaboration was expected to produce a hit song.[2][not in citation given] According to Little Boots, "Remedy" "is about dancing and music being a remedy to some kind of poison in your life. I wanted to write a dark dance pop song a bit like Britney Spears' 'Toxic'. The lyrics are not really very personal, I was more imagining a situation."[3]

Critical reception[edit]

"Remedy" received positive reviews from music critics. David Balls wrote for Digital Spy that the song "has all the right ingredients to steer the good ship Boots towards safer seas. It's got a big synthy intro, a bombastic chorus reminiscent of late eighties Kylie, and best of all a sparkling and kaleidoscopic middle 8 that's one of the finest pop moments of the year."[4] The Guardian '​s Alexis Petridis stated the track "takes her love of continental pop's shameless melodicism to a saccharine extreme and winds up sounding less like a cool Giorgio Moroder-inspired Italo disco track than something a former Soviet Republic might submit to Eurovision."[5] Emily Mackay of NME magazine called the song "run-of-the-mill."[6] Pitchfork Media reviewer Marc Hogan wrote that while "RedOne lends generic club-rap swagger", he does not find the song convincing.[7]

Commercial performance[edit]

"Remedy" made its debut on the UK Singles Chart at number thirty-three for the week ending 8 August 2009.[8] Due to strong digital downloads, the song managed to climb to number fourteen the following week, selling 12,375 copies.[9] In its fourth week, "Remedy" rose to its peak position of number six,[10] making it Little Boots' highest-charting single to date.[11] In Ireland, "Remedy" debuted at number thirty-one on the Irish Singles Chart for the week of 30 July 2009,[12] ultimately peaking at number five on 10 September 2009.[13]

Music video[edit]

Directed by David Wilson, the music video for "Remedy" was filmed in London and was described by Little Boots as "much more conceptual and pretty much more me" than the video for "New in Town".[14] It features Little Boots dressed in a silver outfit, playing several keyboards and the Tenori-on. Scenes of Little Boots singing to the camera are intercut with scenes of kaleidoscopic geometric patterns and flashing strobe lights.

Track listings[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2009) Peak
position
Belgian Tip Chart (Flanders)[18] 12
European Hot 100 Singles[19] 21
Irish Singles Chart[13] 5
Israeli Airplay Chart[20] 7
Japan Hot 100[21] 13
New Zealand Singles Chart[22] 21
UK Singles Chart[10] 6

Release history[edit]

Country Date Label Format
Japan 15 June 2009[1] Warner Music Digital single
20 July 2009[16] Digital EP
United Kingdom 17 August 2009[23] 679 Artists, Atlantic Records CD single, 7" single, 12" single
20 August 2009[15] Digital EP
United States 8 December 2009[17] Elektra Records

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Remedy – Single by Little Boots". iTunes Store Japan. Apple. Retrieved 18 August 2009. 
  2. ^ Robinson, Peter (27 May 2009). "Little Boots interview". Popjustice. Retrieved 1 June 2009. 
  3. ^ "Little Boots offers Mercury tips". Newsbeat. BBC Online. 24 July 2009. Retrieved 24 July 2009. 
  4. ^ Balls, David. "Little Boots: 'Remedy'". Digital Spy. Retrieved 6 July 2009. 
  5. ^ Petridis, Alexis (5 June 2009). "Little Boots, Hands". The Guardian. Retrieved 7 October 2010. 
  6. ^ Mackay, Emily (27 May 2009). "Album review: Little Boots – 'Hands'". NME. IPC Media. Retrieved 6 July 2009. 
  7. ^ Hogan, Marc (18 June 2009). "Little Boots: Hands". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 6 July 2009. 
  8. ^ "2009 Top 40 Official UK Singles Archive". Official Charts Company. 8 August 2009. Retrieved 4 June 2013. 
  9. ^ Williams, Paul (10 August 2009). "Stryder follows Number One with a number one". Music Week. Intent Media. Archived from the original on 4 June 2013. Retrieved 4 June 2013. 
  10. ^ a b "2009 Top 40 Official UK Singles Archive". Official Charts Company. 29 August 2009. Retrieved 4 June 2013. 
  11. ^ "LITTLE BOOTS". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 4 June 2013. 
  12. ^ "Top 50 Singles, Week Ending 30 July 2009". Chart-Track. Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved 7 October 2010. 
  13. ^ a b "Top 50 Singles, Week Ending 10 September 2009". Chart-Track. Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved 7 October 2010. 
  14. ^ Bazley, Lewis (8 June 2009). "Little Boots: The next video will be more 'me'". inthenews.co.uk. Retrieved 3 July 2009. 
  15. ^ a b "Remedy by Little Boots". iTunes Store UK. Apple. Retrieved 25 January 2010. 
  16. ^ a b "Remedy by Little Boots". iTunes Store Japan. Apple Inc. Retrieved 17 October 2010. 
  17. ^ a b "Remedy Remixes – EP by Little Boots". iTunes Store US. Apple. Retrieved 25 January 2010. 
  18. ^ "Little Boots – Remedy" (in Dutch). Ultratop. Hung Medien. Retrieved 30 November 2009. 
  19. ^ "Little Boots Album & Song Chart History – European Hot 100". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 30 November 2009. 
  20. ^ "Media Forest: Airplay chart". Media Forest. Retrieved 30 March 2012. 
  21. ^ "Billboard Japan Hot 100". Billboard Japan. Hanshin Contents Link. 3 August 2009. Retrieved 13 November 2010. 
  22. ^ "Little Boots – Remedy". charts.org.nz. Hung Medien. Retrieved 4 June 2013. 
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