Caught in the Crowd

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"Caught in the Crowd"
Caught In The Crowd.jpg
Original release cover
Single by Kate Miller-Heidke
from the album Curiouser
Released 27 February 2009
Format CD single, Digital download
Recorded Pasadena, California
Genre Pop
Length 3:33
Label Sony BMG
Writer(s) Kate Miller-Heidke, Keir Nuttall
Producer(s) Mickey Petralia
Kate Miller-Heidke singles chronology
"Can't Shake It"
"Caught in the Crowd"
"The Last Day on Earth"
Alternative covers
Re-release cover

"Caught in the Crowd" is the second single to be lifted from Kate Miller-Heidke's second album Curiouser. It was written by Kate Miller-Heidke and Keir Nuttall. Initially, it only charted at 54 on the Physical Singles Chart but when it was later released as a digital download, it reached 33 on the official charts, but only spent a week within the top 50. Since its re-release, it has earned gold accreditation in Australia.

Behind the song[edit]

On Miller-Heidke's official website she states, "Caught in the Crowd is a different kind of song, with a double tug of the heart-string behind the gentle texture of music, and the recognisably real story of a lingering childhood regret."[1] As discovered on the official forum, the song had a working title of "Song for Elton".

International songwriting competition[edit]

In April 2009 Kate Miller-Heidke and Keir Nuttall were awarded the $US25,000 Grand Prize in the 2008 International Songwriting Competition for their composition "Caught in the Crowd".[2]

Music video[edit]

The video starts in a laboratory with Heidke looking through the room with a flashlight. She pulls the sheet off a piece of equipment and tears out a drawing of a boy in a notebook. She drops it into some liquid chemicals and the drawing comes to life. Through the drawings in the notebook, we see flashbacks telling the story of the song.

The music video was filmed in the Brisbane Grammar School Science Block, in lab 8, Brisbane.

Video competition[edit]

"Caught in the Crowd" was the subject of a 2009 schools video competition, in which students were invited to highlight the issue of bullying by producing a music video for the song. The competition was promoted through social networking site MySpace and The Daily Telegraph, and was supported by the NSW Department of Education & Training and Kids Help Line.[3]

Digital release[edit]

A digital version of the physical CD single was released on 20 February 2009 which features the same tracks along with an additional track, "Kid on a Leash", on the iTunes release.

A separate digital single was released after the song won Miller-Heidke and partner Keir Nuttall first prize at the International Songwriting Competition. Two songs, different from the physical release, accompanied "Caught in the Crowd" on the digital release. It included the previously unreleased song, "Are You Fucking Kidding Me?", recorded at one of her concerts on the Caught in the Crowd Tour. Due to the potential confusion between the two releases, the initial release is named Caught In the Crowd - EP on Miller-Heidke's iTunes Store.


On 25 September 2009, in an interview with French musical magazine Hall-Musique, Kate announced that "Caught in the Crowd" would be re-released after "The Last Day on Earth".[4]

Since being re-released, "Caught in the Crowd" has re-entered the chart and mainly dwelled in the 40's and 30's, and did not chart above its original peak of 33. The Re-issue was certified Gold.

Track listing[edit]

CD single[5]
  1. "Caught in the Crowd" - 3:33
  2. "Caught in the Crowd" (Concept Car Remix) - 4:14
  3. "Can't Shake It" (Concept Car Remix) - 6:07
Digital download single (exclusive to iTunes)
  1. "Caught in the Crowd" - 3:33
  2. "Are You Fucking Kidding Me?" - 3:19
  3. "Can't Shake It" (Disco Dommage Remix) - 4:09
  4. "Kid on a Leash" - 2:26


Chart (2009) Peak
ARIA Singles Chart[6] 33


Country Certification Sales
Australia Gold[7] 35,000+

End of Year Charts[edit]

Year Chart Rank
2009 Australian Artists Singles 2009 #28[8]
2010 Australian Artists Singles 2010 #37[9]

Release history[edit]

Country Release Date Format Label Catalogue
Australia 27 February 2009[5] CD single, digital download Sony BMG 88697488872[5]
Australia 27 November 2009 (re-release)[10] CD single, digital download Sony BMG 88697619102


  1. ^ Official site
  2. ^ "ISC: 2008 Grand Prize Winner". International Songwriting Competition. Archived from the original on 7 August 2010. Retrieved 4 May 2009. 
  3. ^ "MySpace page: Are you caught in the crowd?". Retrieved 4 May 2009. 
  4. ^
  5. ^ a b c
  6. ^ "ARIA Charts - Week Commencing: 8th June 2009" (PDF). Australian Recording Industry Association. 8 June 2009. Retrieved 7 June 2009. 
  7. ^ "2010 Accreditations". ARIA. Archived from the original on 25 January 2012. Retrieved 12 April 2010. 
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 9 February 2015. Retrieved 2012-01-25. 
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 31 January 2012. Retrieved 2012-01-29. 
  10. ^

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