Folding Stars

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"Folding Stars"
Folding Stars CD.jpg
CD cover
Single by Biffy Clyro
from the album Puzzle
B-side "Asexual Meat Kitchen
Coward
A Headline"
Released 16 July 2007 (UK)
Format CD, 7"
Recorded The Warehouse Studio
Vancouver, British Columbia

The Farm Studios
Gibsons, British Columbia
Genre Alternative rock, pop rock
Length
  • 4:15 (Album version)
  • 3:56 (Single version)
Label 14th Floor
Songwriter(s) Simon Neil
Producer(s) Garth Richardson
Biffy Clyro
Biffy Clyro singles chronology
"Living Is a Problem Because Everything Dies"
(2007)
"Folding Stars"
(2007)
"Machines"
(2007)
"Living Is a Problem Because Everything Dies"
(2007)
"Folding Stars"
(2007)
"Machines"
(2007)
Puzzle track listing
  1. "Living Is a Problem Because Everything Dies"
  2. "Saturday Superhouse"
  3. "Who's Got A Match?"
  4. "As Dust Dances"
    • "2/15ths"
  5. "A Whole Child Ago"
  6. "The Conversation Is..."
  7. "Now I'm Everyone"
  8. "Semi-Mental"
    • "4/15ths"
  9. "Love Has A Diameter"
  10. "Get Fucked Stud"
  11. "Folding Stars"
  12. "9/15ths"
  13. "Machines"
Folding Stars
7" #1 Cover
7" #1 Cover
Folding Stars
7" #2 Cover
7" #2 Cover
Folding Stars
Demo Cover
Demo Cover

"Folding Stars" is a song by Scottish band Biffy Clyro from their 2007 album, Puzzle. It was released as the third physical single from Puzzle, on 16 July.[1]

Overview[edit]

"Folding Stars" was inspired by the death of Simon Neil's mother, Eleanor, in March 2004.[2] The song has been described as a "huge, hands-in-the-air anthem",[3] "the album’s finest heart-on-sleeve moment" and "raw, honest and breathtaking".[4]

Simon Neil has commented on the song, saying:

The song was first performed live on 8 July 2007, at the Radio 1/NME Stage at T in the Park 2007. Mike Vennart of Oceansize, a long-time friend of the band, provided second guitar for this performance. On 26 August 2007, the band played at Leeds Festival and stated that it was the last time that Folding Stars would be played live.[7] They however reneged on this decision when the song was played live at Brixton Academy on 21 November 2007.[8] An acoustic version of this song was performed by Simon on his own at their Wembley Arena show in 2010. It was played again by the band on BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge on 19 August 2013, and later as part of the band's headline performances at Reading and Leeds festivals, 25 and 23 August, respectively.[9][10]

The physical release of the single topped the UK Physical Singles Chart, while the single overall peaked at number 18 on the UK Singles Chart.

Track listing[edit]

Music and lyrics by Simon Neil.

  • CD 14FLR24CD
  1. "Folding Stars" – 4:15
  2. "Asexual Meat Kitchen" - 3:29
  • 7" #1 14FLR24V1
  1. "Folding Stars" – 4:15
  2. "Coward" - 3:40
  • 7" #2 14FLR24V2
  1. "Folding Stars" – 4:15
  2. "A Headline" - 3:39
  • Digital download
  1. "Folding Stars" – 3:56
  • iTunes exclusive
  1. "Folding Stars (Demo)" - 4:30

Personnel[edit]

  • Simon Neil – guitar, vocals
  • James Johnston – bass, vocals
  • Ben Johnston – drums, vocals
  • Garth Richardson – producer

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Biffy Clyro Article on NME
  2. ^ a b Kerrang! #1159, p. 22
  3. ^ a b Rock Sound #96, p.49
  4. ^ IndieLondon review of Puzzle
  5. ^ Kerrang! #1147, p.6
  6. ^ Kerrang! #1159, p. 24
  7. ^ Mike Sterry (26 August 2007). "Biffy Clyro". NME.com. Archived from the original on 2007-11-18. Retrieved 2007-11-24. 
  8. ^ "Biffy Clyro un-ban song at Brixton". NME.com. 22 November 2007. Retrieved 2007-11-24. 
  9. ^ http://www.setlist.fm/setlist/biffy-clyro/2013/bramham-park-leeds-england-23c60c6f.html
  10. ^ http://www.setlist.fm/setlist/biffy-clyro/2013/little-johns-farm-reading-england-1bc6058c.html

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