Breathe (The Prodigy song)

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"Breathe"
Breathe Prodigy.jpg
Single by The Prodigy
from the album The Fat of the Land
Released11 November 1996
Format
Recorded1995
StudioEarthbound Studios, Braintree, Essex, England
Genre
Length
  • 5:35 (album version)
  • 3:59 (edit)
LabelXL
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Liam Howlett
The Prodigy singles chronology
"Firestarter"
(1996)
"Breathe"
(1996)
"Smack My Bitch Up"
(1997)

"Breathe" is a song by English band The Prodigy. It was released in November 1996 as the second single from the album The Fat of the Land. The song became the group's second consecutive number-one in the UK and several other countries singles charts.

History[edit]

The first ever performance of the song was held at a concert at the Pionir hall in Belgrade, Republic of Serbia, on December 8, 1995, 11 months prior to its release.[2] It was the first major international music act to play in Belgrade since the breakup of Yugoslavia, and came shortly after UN sanctions were partially lifted. Breathe thus became an iconic song for Serbia's urban youth.[3]

Composition[edit]

The song features a drum break from the song "Johnny the Fox Meets Jimmy the Weed" of the group Thin Lizzy. The whiplashing sword sound effect is a sample of the song "Da Mystery of Chessboxin", by Wu-Tang Clan. As in "Firestarter", Jim Davies played the guitar in the song.

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Walter Stern and took place in what resembled an abandoned, decrepit apartment building, with the band members experiencing various aural, visual and psychological phenomena, with Keith Flint and Maxim representing the phenomena. Various animals, like an alligator, and crickets, make an appearance, evoking different types of phobias. The music video won the 1997 MTV Video Music Award for Viewer's Choice and International Viewer's Choice Award for MTV Europe. The video was also the band’s final video to feature dancer Leeroy Thornhill.

Popular culture[edit]

An edited version of the song is featured as the opening track on MuchMusic's Diamond-Certified compilation album, Big Shiny Tunes 2. The song also featured in a 2012 television commercial for Tooheys Extra Dry.[4][5][6]

Up until the 2012 PDC World Darts Championship, Dutch darts player Michael van Gerwen used the song as his walk-on theme.[7]

Track listing[edit]

12" vinyl record[edit]

  1. "Breathe" (Edit) – 3:59
  2. "The Trick" – 4:25
  3. "Breathe" (Instrumental) – 5:35
  4. "Their Law" (Live at Phoenix Festival '96) – 5:24

CD single[edit]

  1. "Breathe" (Edit) – 3:59
  2. "Their Law" (Live at Phoenix Festival '96) – 5:24
  3. "Poison" (Live at Torhout & Werchter Festival '96) – 5:17
  4. "The Trick" – 4:25

Cassette single XLC 80[edit]

  1. "Breathe" (Edit) – 3:59
  2. "The Trick" – 4:25

Chart performances[edit]

The song was a major worldwide hit, reaching the top 10 in several countries such as Australia, Austria, Belgium, the Netherlands, New Zealand and Switzerland. "Breathe" was a number-one hit in Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom. The song was also a hit in France, reaching number 26.[8]

In the United States, the song reached number 18 on the US Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart.[9] The single also returned to the Billboard charts after Flint's death, entering number 14 on its Dance/Electronic Digital Songs Sales chart in its 16 March 2019 issue.[10]

Charts and certifications[edit]

References[edit]

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