Back of the Van

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"Back of the Van"
Back of the Van.jpg
Single by Ladyhawke
from the album Ladyhawke
Released 1 April 2008
Format CD single, digital download
Genre Synthpop, indie rock
Length 3:40
Label Universal/Island
Songwriter(s) Ladyhawke, Michael Di Francesco
Ladyhawke singles chronology
"Back of the Van"
(2008) Back of the Van2008
"Paris Is Burning"

"Paris Is Burning (re-release)"
(2009) Paris Is Burning (re-release)2009

"Back of the Van (re-release)"
(2009) Back of the Van (re-release)2009

(2009) String Module Error: Match not found2009
Paris Is Burning2008

"Back of the Van" is a song by singer-songwriter Ladyhawke. It was her first single, and was from her debut album Ladyhawke. It was released on 1 April 2008 as a download only single from her website and MySpace.[1] The track was re-released on 18 May 2009 as a limited edition single.[2] The song was written by Ladyhawke and Michael Di Francesco.


Femalefirst gave the song a positive review and has given it a 4 out of 5 star rating using the public vote. They wrote: "The result is a refreshing blend of rock, dance and pop. As well as writing 'Back of the Van', Pip also plays the drums, guitar and synth on the track".[3]

The BBC wrote this about the song while reviewing her debut album: "while the utterly uplifting 'Back of the Van' is a tribute to just saying how you feel. As Ladyhawke reaches nervously for her new lover's hand it's impossible not to join in her sweet, unvarnished declaration, You set me on fire".[4]

Exclaim wrote: "Brown unites her retro influences (classic rock, '80s dance, '00s rehashing of everything in the past) to mould her own unique lovechild. 'Back of the Van' is one of the catchiest songs I've heard so far in 2008, evoking the spirit of Fleetwood Mac and spinning disco much better than that half-assed remix of "Dreams" by Deep Dish".[5]

Music video[edit]

The video starts by looking up into space and then goes down to see Ladyhawke playing her guitar. Then everything goes blue but Ladyhawke continues to play her guitar. Then things start to move and you see an eye while Ladyhawke keeps turning back to look at something. She continues to play her guitar while the people moving are now clearly dancing around. There is what appears to be fire but turns out to be her outline. While she sings you start to see more than one of her; also a light starts to shine on her. You see shadows dancing while lights shine onto them. While Ladyhawke sings you see other people run across the screen. The video ends with Ladyhawke singing and fades into the darkness.


Chart 2009 Peak
UK Singles Chart 93[6]

Track listing[edit]

Original digital download[7]

  1. "Back of the Van" (Original) (4:01)
  2. "Back of the Van" (3:41)

CD single (re-release May '09)[8]

  1. "Back of the Van" [Original]
  2. "Back of the Van" [A1 Bassline]
  3. "Back of the Van" [Van She Tech Remix]
  4. "Back of the Van" [WAWA Remix]
  5. "Back of the Van" [WAWA Edit]
  6. "Back of the Van" [Fred Falke Valvestate Mix]
  7. "Back of the Van" [Fred Falke Ultimate Mix]
  8. "Back of the Van" [Mock and Toof Mix]
  9. "Back of the Van" [Radio Edit]
  10. "Back of the Van" [Radio Mix]


  1. ^ "Ladyhawke – "Back of the Van"". Archived from the original on 26 April 2009. Retrieved 8 April 2012. 
  2. ^ Praxis Media. "Radio1 Rodos Greece ::: UK Forthcoming Singles ::: Charts, DJ Promos, Dance, Lyrics, Free Mp3 Samples Downloads". Retrieved 9 January 2012. 
  3. ^ "Ladyhawke New Single Back of the Van". Female First. 2 April 2008. Retrieved 9 January 2012. 
  4. ^ "Music - Review of Ladyhawke - Ladyhawke". BBC. Retrieved 9 January 2012. 
  5. ^ Lindsay, Cam (11 February 2008). "Ladyhawke - "Back of the Van" • Click Hear •". Retrieved 8 April 2012. 
  6. ^ [1] Archived 14 March 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ "Ladyhawke MP3 Downloads". 7digital. Archived from the original on 2 August 2009. Retrieved 9 January 2012. 
  8. ^ "The problem with Ladyhawke's new release is that there are too few remixes". Popjustice. 13 May 2009. Retrieved 9 January 2012. 

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