Amazing (Alex Lloyd song)

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"Amazing"
Amazing CD1.jpg
Single by Alex Lloyd
from the album Watching Angels Mend
Released 17 September 2001 (2001-09-17)
Format CD, digital download
Genre Soft rock
Length 3:22
Label EMI
Songwriter(s) Alex Lloyd
Producer(s) Magnus Fiennes, Alex Lloyd
Alex Lloyd singles chronology
"Downtown"
(2001)
"Amazing"
(2001)
"Green"
(2002)
"Downtown"
(2001)
"Amazing"
(2001)
"Green"
(2002)
Audio sample

"Amazing" is a song written by Australian singer-songwriter Alex Lloyd. The song was released in September 2001 as the second single from his second studio album, Watching Angels Mend. It was a successful single, which reached the top of the New Zealand chart, and topped the poll in youth radio station Triple J's Hottest 100 in 2001. The song is an example of the evergreen 'four chords of pop' progression.

At the ARIA Music Awards of 2002, the song was nominated for Single of the Year and Highest Selling Single, losing out on both to "Can't Get You Out of My Head" by Kylie Minogue.[1][2]

At the APRA Music Awards of 2002 the song won the 'Song of the Year' award.[3]

Music video[edit]

The video clip of this song was filmed around the Southern Highlands in New South Wales. It features a schoolgirl named Sarah living in the year 1976. One day while travelling to school by bus, Sarah notices a young man walking near the road. Desperately, she decides to skip school and have her own freedom including writing her name in a local toilet, rowing a boat, drawing a picture and walking around the streets in her local town. Unfortunately, Sarah's chance of freedom was cut short when her mum caught her in a library. At the end, Sarah is back in uniform the next day and waits for a bus to get to school.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Amazing" — 3:24
  2. "Downtown" — 4:45
  3. "My Way Home" (XFM live session) — 4:20
  4. "What a Year" (XFM live session) — 4:00

Charts[edit]

Chart (2001) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[5] 14
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[6] 1
Chart (2002) Peak
position
Dutch Singles Chart[7] 91
UK Singles Chart[8] 176

Certification[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[9] Gold 35,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Other uses[edit]

In 2004 the song was licensed for use in advertisements for the Ford Territory 4-wheel drive (SUV) vehicle. It has been used in two other TV advertisements, reportedly earning Lloyd payments of "hundreds of thousands of dollars". In 2008, truck driver Mark O'Keefe sued Lloyd, claiming that the two of them wrote the song together on "a series of beer coasters" at a hotel in 1991 when Lloyd was 16, and that accordingly Lloyd owed him royalties. Lloyd denied ever meeting O'Keefe.[10]

"Amazing" is used in the international trailer for the 2005 film Imagine Me & You, the same year saw Alex Lloyd perform the song live outside the Sydney Opera House during the Boxing Day 2004 tsunami fundraising concert.

Jessica Mauboy covered the song on her 2016 album, The Secret Daughter: Songs from the Original TV Series.

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalog
Australia[4] 17 September 2001 EMI CD single 8798972

Personnel[edit]

The following people contributed to "Amazing":

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ARIA Awards – History: Winners by Year 2002: 16th Annual ARIA Awards". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Archived from the original on 27 November 2011. Retrieved 13 June 2012. 
  2. ^ "Australia 2002 ARIA Awards". ALLdownunder.com. Archived from the original on 25 February 2009. Retrieved 5 December 2009. 
  3. ^ "APRA History". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Archived from the original on 23 March 2010. Retrieved 27 April 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "New Releases Singles - Week Commencing 17th September 2001". ARIA Charts. Retrieved 3 November 2009.
  5. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Alex Lloyd – Amazing". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved 16 November 2013.
  6. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Alex Lloyd – Amazing". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 16 November 2013.
  7. ^ "Amazing - Dutch top 100 chart run". Dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 5 November 2009.
  8. ^ "Chart Log UK - DJ Steve L. – LZ Love". Zobbel.de. Retrieved 4 November 2009.
  9. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2001 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 18 March 2014. 
  10. ^ "Truckie changes his Amazing story". The Age. 27 August 2008. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"My Happiness" by Powderfinger
Triple J Hottest 100 song of the year
2001
Succeeded by
"No One Knows" by Queens of the Stone Age
Preceded by
"Whenever, Wherever" by Shakira
New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart number-one single
10 March 2002
Succeeded by
"Whenever, Wherever" by Shakira