The Night Sky
|This article relies on references to primary sources. (May 2011)|
|"The Night Sky"|
|Single by Keane|
|B-side||"Put It Behind You (Ffrisco remix)|
|Released||29 October 2007
(See Release history)
|Format||7", CD, USB|
|Keane singles chronology|
"The Night Sky" is a song written and performed by English rock band Keane. The song was released as a one-off charity single released by the band in aid of War Child. It was released as a download on 22 October and then a physical release on Island Records on 29 October. It was also released in USB format, and was the third of Keane's singles to be released in this format.
The single was controversially deemed ineligible for the UK singles chart, due to the 7" vinyl containing a free poster; in the UK these are seen as 'free gifts', thus making any vinyl singles containing prints disqualified from the charts. A competition was run with the single's release, to win a programme guide, signed by all the artists who played at War Child's charity concert in Brixton Academy. This also rendered it ineligible, as it is deemed an incentive for those who would not under other circumstances have bought the single. Selling the single under USB format was also believed to be the reason for its disqualification from the charts as the charts do not recognize single sales released under the USB format which several Keane singles have been released under.
Limited 7" (with free print)
- "The Night Sky"
- "Under Pressure"
- "The Night Sky" (Radio Edit) – 3:27
- "The Night Sky" – 5:03
- "Under Pressure" – 3:50
- "Put It Behind You" (Ffrisco Mix) – 5:43
- "The Night Sky" (Demo) – 4:24
Information about song
The song is written from a child's point of view on war, thus the support for the foundation. It was composed by pianist Tim Rice-Oxley in late 2005 and the song was meant to be included on Under the Iron Sea, the band's second album but was replaced on the definite tracklist on 14 March 2006.
The song is a cover of 1981 David Bowie and Queen's classic single "Under Pressure", for Radio 1's 40th anniversary. It was also included on the Radio 1: Established 1967 CD released on 1 October.
In this cover, singer Tom Chaplin reaches the highest tone achieved by him in a recording (A5) holding the note four seconds more than Freddie Mercury on Queen's original version.
Technical information on songs
|"The Night Sky"||5:03||72bpm||A (La major)||4/4||Power ballad|
|"Under Pressure"||3:50||95bpm||D (Re major)||4/4 on 8 beats||Rock|
|"Put It Behind You (Ffrisco mix)"||5:43||138bpm||C (Do major)||4/4||Electronica|
|United Kingdom||29 October 2007||"The Night Sky"|
|Mexico||16 November 2007||"Under Pressure"|
|20 July 2008||"The Night Sky"|