Stoned in Love
|"Stoned in Love"|
|Single by Chicane featuring Tom Jones|
|from the album Somersault|
|B-side||"Music for Elevators"|
|Released||24 April 2006 (UK)
11 July 2006 (Canada)
11 September 2006 (Australia)
|Format||CD, 12" (UK)
Digital download (Canada)
|Recorded||Modena 2, Mothership Studios UK.
Shangri-La Studios, Malibu (vocals)
|Length||3:41 (radio edit)|
|Writer(s)||Nick Bracegirdle, Ray Hedges, Tom Jones, John Pickering, Nigel Butler|
|Producer(s)||Bracegirdle, Steve Osborne, Hedges|
The song followed a number of genre crossover recordings for both musicians, Bracegirdle having recorded previous hits with Celtic folk singer Máire Brennan and rock singer Bryan Adams, and Jones having recorded the house music hit "Sex Bomb" with producer/DJ Mousse T.
Having written the song, Bracegirdle was looking for a singer able to reach a high pitch in vocal range, without having to resort to falsetto. According to Bracegirdle, his initial candidates were Jones, James Dean Bradfield and Kelly Jones — all Welshmen. Jones has stated that he had never heard of Chicane before being approached with the song, but soon took a liking to the material: "It's a very well written song with good lyrics. It's a proper song structurally and not just a moody record."
The single was first announced in March 2006 in a press release on the official Chicane website, following three years of minimal recording activity and little publicity from Bracegirdle. Soon after, audio and video samples were hosted on the official Chicane and Tom Jones websites.
Two concerts were announced with the release of the single: the Manchester Academy on 22 April, and the Islington academy on 24 April. At the 22 April concert, a number of new songs from the upcoming album were played to the public for the first time, including the next single, "Come Tomorrow".
Jones has performed the song live with Chicane on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross on 21 April, on 24 April at the Islington Academy and The Paul O'Grady Show, and on 30 April on Top of the Pops.
Jones's singing in the song is noted for being "lighter" and quieter than usual during the verses, to the extent that listeners don't always recognize his voice at first listen. During the choruses, however, he switches to his traditional, high-register vocal style.
While on Top of the Pops, Jones's performance of the song was mandated by his record label, requiring a second performance to be recorded in order to get the song "right".
"Stoned in Love" entered the UK Singles Chart at #42 on the week starting 24 April 2006, simultaneous to its release date (prior to this, only digital downloads were available). The next week, the song rose all the way to #8 and on its third week, it climbed to #7. The single received remixes by Vertigo and The Young Punx.
On 11 July 2006, "Stoned in Love" was released in Canada as a digital download single on the Universal Music Canada imprint label GLOW Digital. Billed as "Canada’s first digital dance/pop label", GLOW was launched with "Stoned in Love" as its first release.
The video tells a caper story, showing a woman (played by Jane Le) and a man driving through a desert and robbing gas stations, and two police officers in pursuit of them. The man is dubbed the "Tom Jones Bandit" on a wanted poster because he is always seen wearing a rubber Tom Jones mask. Filming took place in the United States.
The video ends with the man being arrested and unmasked, revealing the real Tom Jones underneath.
UK enhanced CD single
- "Stoned in Love" (Radio Edit) 3:41
- "Stoned in Love" (Commercial 12" Mix) 5:01
- "Stoned in Love" (Vertigo Vocal Mix) 9:04
- "Stoned in Love" (The Young Punx Vocal Remix) 7:51
- "Stoned in Love" (Video)
Sample of Stoned in Love
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