Star Guitar

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This article is about the record album. For the electric guitar body style, see star (guitar).
"Star Guitar"
Single by The Chemical Brothers
from the album Come with Us
Released 14 January 2002 (2002-01-14)
Format CD, 12", DVD
Recorded 2001
Genre Electronica, ambient house, trip hop
Length 6:54 (original version)
6:27 (album version)
3:59 (edit)
Label Freestyle Dust (UK)
Astralwerks (US)
Producer(s) The Chemical Brothers
The Chemical Brothers singles chronology
"It Began in Afrika"
(2001)
"Star Guitar"
(2002)
"Come with Us"/"The Test"
(2002)
"Star Guitar"
Single by Shinichi Osawa
from the album The One
Released 2007
Format 12", CD
Recorded 2007
Genre Electronica, alternative dance
Length 5:55
Label Rhythm Zone (JP)
Dim Mak (US)
Writer(s) Thomas Owen Rowlands, Edmund John Simons
Producer(s) Shinichi Osawa
Shinichi Osawa singles chronology
"Our Song"
(2007)
"'Star Guitar"
(2008)
"Push"
(2008)

"Star Guitar" is the second single from The Chemical Brothers 2002 album Come with Us. The song reached number eight in the UK Singles Chart, number two on the American dance chart and number one in the UK Dance Chart.[1]

Structure[edit]

"Star Guitar" is approximately 126 beats per minute and in the key of F major.

The song contains a four measure-long acoustic guitar sample from the beginning of the David Bowie song, "Starman,"[citation needed] hence the name, "Star Guitar." This sample is repeated throughout the majority of the track, with various musical elements playing off of it as a main theme. The song also contains an electronic sample of "Fly to Venus" by Electronic System.

Video[edit]

The music video, directed by Michel Gondry, features a continuous shot filmed from the window of a speeding train passing through towns and countryside. However, the buildings and objects passing by appear exactly in time with the various beats and musical elements of the track. The video is based on DV footage Gondry shot while on vacation in France; the train ride between Nîmes and Valence was shot ten different times during the day to get different light gradients. The Pont du Robinet as well as Pierrelatte's station can be seen. Gondry had experimented with a different version of the same effect in his video for Daft Punk's "Around the World", where he had represented each element of the music with a dancer.

Gondry actually plotted out the synchronization of the song on graph paper before creating the video, eventually "modelling" the scenery with oranges, forks, tapes, books, glasses and tennis shoes.

Reception[edit]

Upon the release of Come with Us, Nathan Rooney of Pitchfork Media, referring to its placement on the album, said the song "substitutes for the missing Sumner track-- it's slight, but not nearly as vapid as "Hoops," the song that follows it."[2] Scott Plagenhoef, also of Pitchfork Media, originally said the track "doesn't leave much of an impression, but may as well be Beethoven's 9th next to the Richard Ashcroft collaboration "The Test".[3] However, he later changed his opinion, saying it is "a fantastic track I grossly underrated here at the time" and that it was among "best of the group's work [in the 2000s]".[4]

Track listing[edit]

UK/Europe CD
  1. "Star Guitar (Edit)" – 4:00
  2. "Base 6" – 6:34
  3. "Star Guitar (Pete Heller's Expanded Mix)" – 8:30
US/Japan CD
  1. "Star Guitar (Edit)" – 4:00
  2. "Star Guitar" – 6:55
  3. "Star Guitar (Pete Heller's Expanded Mix)" – 8:30
  4. "Star Guitar (Pete Heller's 303 Dub)" – 7:23
  5. "Base 6" – 6:34
UK 12"
  1. "Star Guitar"
  2. "Star Guitar (Pete Heller's Expanded Mix)"
UK DVD
  1. "Star Guitar" video – 4:00
  2. "Star Guitar" – 6:34
  3. "Star Guitar (Pete Heller's 303 Dub)" – 7:23

Cover versions[edit]

An electro house style cover of the track, featuring vocals by Au Revoir Simone, was featured in Shinichi Osawa's 2007 album The One and was also released as a single, with remixes by The Brookes Brothers, Streetlife DJs, Jaymo, The Japanese Popstars and Cagedbaby.

"Star Guitar" was featured in the beginning of Steve Angello's 2009 track "Monday".

Release history[edit]

Region Release date Label Format Catalogue
UK 14 January 2002 Freestyle Dust CD CHEMSD14
12" CHEMST14
DVD CHEMSDVD14
USA 15 January 2002 Astralwerks CD ASW 38812-2
Japan 17 January 2002 Virgin Japan CD VJCP-12153

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