Standing in the Way of Control (song)

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"Standing in the Way of Control"
The album insert artwork was done by Kim Gordon (bassist of Sonic Youth). Brace Paine asked her to contribute her handwriting to the album as he had appreciated her "punk rock font" he once saw on an old UT flier
Single by Gossip
from the album Standing in the Way of Control
Released

2005 (Le Tigre Remix)
2006 (CD & Vinyl Single)
March 5, 2007

July 1, 2006 (Poland & Music Video)
Format CD
7/12" Vinyl
Genre Indie rock, Dance-rock
Length 4:16 (Album version)
3:28 (Radio edit)
Label Back Yard Recordings, Kill Rock Stars
Writer(s) Beth Ditto
Gossip singles chronology
"Standing in the Way of Control"
(2005/2006)
"Listen Up!"
(2006)

"Standing in the Way of Control" is a single by the American indie rock band The Gossip from the album of the same name. The remix by Le Tigre was released in 2005, the original was then released as a single in 2006, and was re-released again on February 26, 2007. The 2006 issue had climbed up to #13 in the UK Singles Chart in early 2007 on download sales, but the 2007 re-release was under a new catalogue number, meaning that their 6-place climb to #7 on March 4 was listed as a new entry rather than as a climber. But it reached the top spot in the UK Indie Chart for one week.

The Soulwax Nite Versions remix of the song featured heavily in the advertising campaign for the 2007 E4 television drama, Skins. This version is also on the series' soundtrack album.

In May 2007, NME magazine placed "Standing In The Way Of Control" at number 23 in its list of the 50 Greatest Indie Anthems Ever. In October 2011, NME placed it at number 34 on its list "150 Best Tracks of the Past 15 Years".[1]

Song meaning[edit]

The song was written by lead singer Beth Ditto as a response to the Federal Marriage Amendment which would have constitutionally outlawed same-sex marriage in the United States. She says of the song:

Nobody in the States was that surprised or shocked by what Bush did, but it made everyone I know feel helpless and cheated. I wrote the chorus to try and encourage people not to give up. It’s a scary time for civil rights, but I really believe the only way to survive is to stick together and keep fighting.

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Music video[edit]

The video was recorded live in Liverpool, England.

Releases[edit]

Le Tigre Remix 12" track listing[edit]

  1. "Standing in the Way of Control"
  2. "Standing in the Way of Control Remix" (Le Tigre remix)

UK CD single track listing[edit]

  1. "Standing in the Way of Control" (Radio edit)
  2. "Standing in the Way of Control" (Le Tigre remix)
  3. "Standing in the Way of Control" (Album version)
  4. "Standing in the Way of Control" (Video CD Rom)

UK 7" single track listing[edit]

  1. Standing in the way of control by Angie Tuck

UK 12" single track listing[edit]

  1. "Standing in the Way of Control" (Headman remix)
  2. "Standing in the Way of Control" (Soulwax Nite version)
  3. "Standing in the Way of Control" (Playgroup remix)
  4. "Standing in the Way of Control" (Tronik Youth remix)

2007 UK CD single track listing[edit]

  1. "Standing in the Way of Control" (Radio Edit)
  2. "Standing in the Way of Control" (Soulwax Nite Version)
  3. "Coal To Diamonds"
  4. "Standing in the Way of Control" (Video)

2007 7" single 1 track listing[edit]

  1. "Standing In The Way Of Control"
  2. "Sick With It"

2007 7" single 2 track listing[edit]

  1. "Le Tigre Remix" (7" Edit)
  2. Live at The 100 Club London"

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

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