Foundations (song)

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Single by Kate Nash
from the album Made of Bricks
B-side "Habanera"
"Navy Taxi"
"Old Dances"
Released 18 June 2007
Format CD, 7", download
Genre Indie pop
Length 4:05
3:44 (clean radio edit)
Label Fiction, Moshi
Writer(s) Kate Nash, Paul Epworth
Kate Nash singles chronology
"Caroline's a Victim / Birds"
Music video
"Foundations" on YouTube

"Foundations" is a song co-written by British singer-songwriter Kate Nash for her debut album, Made of Bricks (2007). It was released as the album's lead single in June 2007, her first single since signing with Fiction Records after the success of her debut single "Caroline's a Victim".

Music and structure[edit]

The song is written in C major and uses the three main chords of the key C, F and G as the riff which is used as a simple eight bar ostinato. It follows the A-B-A-B-A-B-C-B pattern.[citation needed]

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Kinga Burza[1] and makes use of video, still shots and stop motion animation. Colourful everyday items such as toothbrushes, shoes, socks and toys (one of which appears to be a Yellow Power Ranger) are prominent.

It follows the song closely, and is made up of several main scenes; Nash playing a card game, turning in bed, eating lemons ("you've said I must eat so many lemons, because I am so bitter"), sitting on a staircase, arm wrestling, decorating a cake and sitting in her lounge. The video ends as she packs her suitcase and walks out of the house.

Critical reception[edit]

The song has received almost universally positive reviews from British critics.[2] In August 2007, The Guardian gave the song a mixed review, citing its strong comparisons to Lily Allen, but praised the "indelible chorus".[3] In September 2007, Pitchfork Media gave a positive review of the song, citing Nash's "gift for communicating confusing romance with a keen eye for detail and scene-stealing turns of phrase".[4]

The Los Angeles Times also cited Nash's lyrical gift in Foundations in their review.[5] In January 2008, Rolling Stone gave the song a positive review stating, "The rushed verses of "Foundations" – in which Nash dissects a couple's argument – convey sadness and snarkiness at once, and those verses sound pretty inviting, too."[6] That same month, The New York Times gave the song an overwhelmingly positive review, hailing the song as her best and continuing with "The song is bright, peppy and mercilessly perceptive".[7] In February 2008, Slant Magazine hailed the track as "energetic and borderline sadistic".[8] In December 2008, Slant ranked the song at No. 17 on their list of the top 25 U.S. released singles of 2008.[9]

Chart performance[edit]

The song spent five weeks at number 2 on the UK Singles Chart, being held off by Rihanna's "Umbrella" and Timbaland's "The Way I Are" for three weeks and two weeks, respectively. In the week ending 4 August 2007, "The Way I Are" beat "Foundations" to the top spot by just 16 copies,[10] with the latter selling 33,562 copies.[11] The song has sold 325,000 copies in the UK as stated by the Official Charts Company.[citation needed]


On 22 July 2007, Nash performed "Foundations" at 2007's T4 on the Beach in Weston-super-Mare. The single was a commercial success, ending 2007 as the year's 17th biggest-selling single in the UK.[12] On 15 January 2008, she performed the song on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.

Track listings[edit]

All songs written by Kate Nash.

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Foundations" Nash 4:05
2. "Habanera" Nash 2:24
UK Vinyl #1
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Foundations" Nash 4:05
2. "Old Dances" Nash 4:26
UK Vinyl #2
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Foundations" Nash 4:05
2. "Navy Taxi" Nash 5:30


Chart (2007) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[13] 59
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[14] 38
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[15] 12
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[16] 25
Denmark (Tracklisten)[17] 28
Germany (Official German Charts)[18] 37
Ireland (IRMA)[19] 12
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[20] 49
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[21] 6
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[22] 48
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[23] 2


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  4. ^ Pitchfork: Album Reviews: Kate Nash: Made of Bricks Archived 15 December 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ Cromelin, Richard (16 January 2008). "With 'Made of Bricks,' Kate Nash hopes to build on U.S. shores – Los Angeles Times". Retrieved 16 December 2011. 
  6. ^ "Made Of Bricks : Kate Nash : Review". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 16 December 2011. 
  7. ^ Pareles, Jon (6 January 2008). "The New York Times – 'Not Too Famous to Mind Her Mum'". The New York Times. Retrieved 16 December 2011. 
  8. ^ "Kate Nash: Made of Bricks | Music Review". Slant Magazine. Retrieved 16 December 2011. 
  9. ^ "2008: Year in Music". Slant Magazine. Retrieved 16 December 2011. 
  10. ^ "Firm foundations". Belfast Telegraph. 9 November 2007. Retrieved 18 March 2016. 
  11. ^ Jones, Alan (18 March 2016). "Official Charts Analysis: Mike Posner's I Took a Pill in Ibiza takes No.1 by slim margin". Music Week. Intent Media. Retrieved 18 March 2016. (subscription required (help)). 
  12. ^ BBC Music. "Top 40 Singles of the Year 2007 ". Retrieved 30 December 2007.
  13. ^ "ARIA Top 100 Singles - Week Commencing 11th February 2008" ARIA Top 100 Singles. National Library of Australia.
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  15. ^ " – Kate Nash – Foundations" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  16. ^ " – Kate Nash – Foundations" (in French). Ultratop 50.
  17. ^ "Kate Nash – Foundations" (in Danish). Tracklisten.
  18. ^ " – Kate Nash Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  19. ^ "Chart Track: Week 31, 2007". Irish Singles Chart.
  20. ^ " – Kate Nash – Foundations" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  21. ^ "Archive Chart: 2007-07-01". Scottish Singles Top 40.
  22. ^ " – Kate Nash – Foundations". Swiss Singles Chart.
  23. ^ "Archive Chart: 2007-07-01" UK Singles Chart.