Actually It's Darkness

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"Actually It's Darkness"
Single by Idlewild
from the album 100 Broken Windows
ReleasedMarch 2000
Format7", CD
Songwriter(s)Colin Newton, Roddy Woomble, Rod Jones, Bob Fairfoull
Producer(s)Dave Eringa
Idlewild singles chronology
"Little Discourage"
"Actually It's Darkness"
"These Wooden Ideas"
Alternative cover

"Actually It's Darkness" is a song by Scottish rock band Idlewild, from their 2000 album 100 Broken Windows. It was the second single to be released from the album and charted at #23 in the UK Singles Chart in March 2000 (see 2000 in British music).

Critical response[edit]

"Actually It's Darkness" was described as "guitar clamour ... expertly shorn of unnecessary detritus and laden with all the necessary qualities of electrifying lift-off by the NME in their review of the track on its release as a single. The magazine went on to state that, although the song does not differ greatly from other Idlewild tracks released at the time, "as long as they keep delivering the noise this succinctly and unconditionally" this is not an issue.[1]

Track listings[edit]

All songs written by Idlewild unless otherwise stated.

  • CD 1 CDFOODS127
  1. "Actually It's Darkness" – 2:40
  2. "Meet Me at the Harbour" – 3:19
  3. "West Haven" – 3:15
  • CD 2 CDFOOD127
  1. "Actually It's Darkness" – 2:40
  2. "Forgot to Follow" – 5:23
  3. "It'll Take a Long Time" (Sandy Denny) – 3:56
  • 7"
  1. "Actually It's Darkness" – 2:40
  2. "Meet Me at the Harbour" – 3:19


  1. ^ Andy, Crysell (25 March 2000). "Singles". NME: 44–45.