Believe (The Chemical Brothers song)

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"Believe"
Single by The Chemical Brothers
from the album Push the Button
Released May 2, 2005 (2005-05-02)
Format
Recorded 2004
Genre
Length 07:01 (Album version)
Label Virgin
Writer(s)
Producer(s) The Chemical Brothers
The Chemical Brothers singles chronology
"Galvanize"
(2005)
"Believe"
(2005)
"The Boxer"
(2005)
Kele Okereke singles chronology
"Believe"
(2005)
"Tenderoni"
(2010)

"Believe" was the second single from The Chemical Brothers 2005 studio album Push the Button. The single was released in early May 2005 and peaked at #18 in the UK Singles Chart. Kele Okereke, lead singer and rhythm guitarist of the indie rock band Bloc Party is featured on vocals. A remix of the song was featured in the 2005 snowboarding video "Flavor Country" by Sandbox.[3]

Composition[edit]

John Bush from AllMusic described: "[The song] agonizing over an energized electroshock production composed of equal parts Prince and Chicago acid house."[1]

Critical reception[edit]

While reviewing Push the Button, Robert Christgau called the song along with "The Big Jump", "rock the block."[4] Thump, "an electronic music and culture channel" from Vice, listed the song as one of the duo's fifteen best collaborations, ranked at number 12.[5] Rolling Stone's Bill Werde called the song "a club-anthem-in-waiting," "the urgent yelp" from Okereke while delivers the line "[2]

Music video[edit]

The video was premiered on MTV on March 18, 2005. The music video for the song was directed by Dom and Nic, contains scenes filmed at the now defunct MG Rover Longbridge plant now owned by SAIC . It starts out with a man watching women in an exercise video dance on a window TV in a store, possibly spoofing the then-recent video for Eric Prydz's single "Call On Me". The man turns out to be a paranoid factory worker terrified of the automated assembly robot he operates, possibly under the influence of hallucinogenic drugs or possibly painkillers, as he has a cast on his left arm. He imagines the machines watching and threatening him, seeing them outside the factory, chasing him before disappearing. Finally, even after quitting his job, the man is pursued to the top of the building by one of the arms, where it lunges at him before disappearing. He runs onto the street, and sees multiple machines lumbering toward him, and his view of the world disintegrates into a mess of geometric shapes and colours. He collapses, laughing hysterically as robots disappear once again.

The video won a MTV Europe Music Award for Best Video at the its 2005 ceremony.

Formats and track listings[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Bush, John. "The Chemical Brothers — Push the Button review". AllMusic. All Media Network, LLC. Retrieved August 23, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b Werde, Bill (January 27, 2005). "The Chemical Brothers — Push The Button review". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 24 November 2007. Retrieved August 24, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Sandbox - Flavor Country - Intro". YouTube. 1 January 2013. Retrieved 5 August 2016. 
  4. ^ Robert Christgau. "The Chemical Brothers". robertchristgau.com. Retrieved August 23, 2016. 
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ "The Chemical Brothers — Believe (UK CD1)". Discogs. Retrieved August 24, 2016. 
  7. ^ "The Chemical Brothers — Believe (UK CD2)". Discogs. Retrieved August 24, 2016. 
  8. ^ "The Chemical Brothers — Believe (UK 12")". Discogs. Retrieved August 24, 2016. 
  9. ^ "The Chemical Brothers — Believe (Australian CD)". Discogs. Retrieved August 24, 2016. 

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