Black Velveteen

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"Black Velveteen"
Lenny Black Velveteen Orig.jpg
Single by Lenny Kravitz
from the album 5
Released November 16, 1999 (US)
December 14, 1999 (UK)
Format CD single, maxi single, 12" single, promo single
Genre Electronic rock
Length 4:48
Label Virgin America
Writer(s) Lenny Kravitz
Producer(s) Lenny Kravitz
Lenny Kravitz singles chronology
"American Woman"
"Black Velveteen"
Alternative covers
Limited edition cover (with exclusive poster)

"Black Velveteen" is the sixth and last single to be released from the 5 album by American rock musician Lenny Kravitz. It was released on November 16, 1999. The song was also used to promote his Greatest Hits album.


Lenny Kravitz on the inspiration for Black Velveteen in a interview from 2000:

Musically, the song, apart from having an electro-rock influence, features notable sound effects that can be associated with everyday machines, such as the vacuum cleaner and drill.

Single track listing[edit]

  • UK CD single edition
  1. Black Velveteen (Album Version)– 4:49
  2. American Woman (Timbaland Remix)– 3:49
  3. Black Velveteen (S-Man's Ghost In The Machine Mix)– 7:11

Note: This release also contains the uncensored version of the music video for the song.

  • UE CD single edition
  1. Black Velveteen (Edit)– 3:31
  2. Live (Live version)– 6:19
  3. Supersoulfighter– 7:08
  4. Fly away (reggae version) - 5:06

  • 12" edition
  1. Black Velveteen (S-Man's Ghost In The Machine Mix)– 7:10
  2. Black Velveteen (S-Man's Ghost In The Machine Dub)– 5:58
  3. Black Velveteen (S-Man's Ghost In The Machine Instrumental)– 5:55
  4. Black Velveteen (Stonebridge EXFM Mix)– 4:57
  5. Black Velveteen (Stonebridge Club Dub)– 6:21
  6. Black Velveteen (RPO Ready To Please Mix)– 6:16
  7. Black Velveteen (RPO Titanium Spin Dub Mix)– 5:41


  1. ^ "Lenny Kravitz Grammy Awards!". 2000. Retrieved 2013-10-03.