Cement (song)

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Single by Feeder
from the album Polythene
Released28 April 1997
FormatCD, 7" single
Recordedlate 1996
Songwriter(s)Grant Nicholas
Producer(s)Grant Nicholas, Chris Sheldon
Feeder singles chronology

"Cement" was the second single from British rock band Feeder's critically acclaimed 1997 album Polythene. It was their first radio single in the USA during 1998.

Amongst the singles b-sides, are re-recordings of the two tracks from their debut release "Two Colours", while "Rush" was at first a studio demo before the released version is a "live" take, which was recorded in a studio with the crowd effects added afterwards. It was originally recorded for a compilation called Home Truths.[2] This was also their first coloured vinyl release. The song refers to a situation of Grant seeing a girl he has feelings for, but feels she will not be interested.

In addition to reaching #53 on the UK Singles Chart, it also charted at #31 on the US Mainstream Rock chart.

Music video[edit]

The music video for Cement was directed by Jon Klien and is set almost entirely in a grimy, dimly-lit bedroom set with windows similar to those seen in the Death Star in the Star Wars films. It flashes between band performance and frontman Grant Nicholas indulging in various unhinged, obsessive activities relating to his love interest in the video which loosely relate to the song's lyrics. This includes spying on the girl with a camera as she walks down the street and constructing a model of her, which (in his mind at least) comes to life, and hand-peeling the shell off an egg.

Critical reception[edit]

The song was released to a very favourable critical reception. Kerrang! rated the single their highest rating of "KKKKK", meaning five stars out of five. They described the song as "haunting, hooky and heavy, in a creepy twisted sort of way" and said that, along with their previous single "Stereo World", the band had "combined the universes of rock credibility and pop sensibility to bit on the perfect single formula".[1] They further noted that the song "grabs you and sends you" and is "gorgeous".[1] In 2005, the same magazine included the song in its list of the band's "Past Glories"−an eight song list of the band's "classic moments"−where they referred to the song as a "pristine post-grunge single" and "a criminally forgotten Feeder classic".[1] In the same month, Drowned in Sound commented the song, along with "Buck Rogers", had "drive" and "passion".[3]

Track listing[edit]


  1. "Cement" - 3:18
  2. "Chicken on a Bone" (1997 version) - 3:45
  3. "Forgiven" - 4:40


  1. "Cement" - 3:18
  2. "Pictures of Pain" (1997 version) - 3:46
  3. "Rush" (live) - 3:46

7" vinyl (Red)[edit]

  1. "Cement" - 3:18
  2. "Pictures of Pain" (1997 version) - 3:46


  1. ^ a b c d "Archived copy". Archived from the original on March 20, 2009. Retrieved February 26, 2009.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on November 11, 2007. Retrieved February 10, 2009.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Single Review: Feeder - Tumble And Fall". DrownedInSound. Retrieved 16 May 2016.

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