A Town Called Hypocrisy

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"A Town Called Hypocrisy"
Lostprophets a town called hypocrisy.jpg
Single by Lostprophets
from the album Liberation Transmission
Released 11 September 2006
Format CD, 7"
Recorded Hawaii, 2006
Genre Post-punk revival
Length 3:39
Label Columbia, Visible Noise
Writer(s)

Lee Gaze, Mike Lewis, Jamie Oliver, Stuart Richardson, Ian Watkins

Producer = Bob Rock
Lostprophets singles chronology
"Rooftops"
(2006)
"A Town Called Hypocrisy"
(2006)
"Can't Catch Tomorrow"
(2006)

"A Town Called Hypocrisy" is the second single taken from Liberation Transmission, the third album by the Welsh alternative rock band Lostprophets.

The single was released on 11 September 2006 in the United Kingdom. It reached #23 in the UK Singles Chart, which could be viewed as disappointing compared with previous singles — although this did mark the band's seventh UK Top 40 single. It spent only 2 weeks in the top 40.

Music video[edit]

The video was made available on Kerrang! TV from the 11 August 2006. It depicts frontman Ian Watkins as a children's television presenter on a fictional television program called Town Time and is arguably a response to the accusations of the band's metrosexuality. The video also shows the juxtaposition of attitudes in the band between when they appear during transmission and when they are shown behind the scenes of Town Time. During transmission, it shows the other band members — bar Watkins — dressed as the following (mainly paying homage to The Village People): a toy soldier, a bumbling policeman, a doctor, a builder and a construction worker.

The video, although seemingly based around the things infant children watch (therefore making it seem quite innocent) is filled with sexual references, both very subtle and very obvious. An example of the more subtle references is at the beginning when we see Tender Tim (Watkins) and Mayor Mary ending the 5000th episode of Town Time. Tim replies to Mary's question, "What have we learnt today, Tim?"and Tim replies: "We've learnt about sharing, saying 'please' and oral [he pauses here, before Mary nudges him] hygiene." An example of the more obvious references is the large amounts of drinking and scantily clad women (dressed in all sorts of outfits, ranging from animals to a tooth) performing "kinky," yet childlike, activities on the men in the group behind the scenes.

In several frames of the video, it also paid homage to 'Silhouette Blends', the series of spelling clips by The Electric Company.

Track listing[edit]

CD1
No. Title Length
1. "A Town Called Hypocrisy" 3:42
2. "Love" (demo) 3:11
CD2
No. Title Length
1. "A Town Called Hypocrisy" 3:42
2. "Distances" (demo) 3:57
3. "What You Do" (demo) 3:24
Vinyl
No. Title Length
1. "A Town Called Hypocrisy" 3:42
2. "Still Falling" (demo) 4:26

Personnel[edit]

Release history[edit]

Country Date
United Kingdom 11 September 2006
United States

Chart positions[edit]

Year Chart Peak
2006 UK Singles Chart 23
European Hot 100 Singles 71

References[edit]