Galvanize (song)

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"Galvanize"
The Chemical Brothers - Galvanize.png
Single by The Chemical Brothers
from the album Push the Button
Released 22 November 2004[1]
Format
Recorded 2004
The Hit Factory (New York City)[2]
Genre
Length
  • 6:33 (album version)
  • 4:28 (UK radio edit)
  • 3:11 (radio edit)
Label Virgin
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s) The Chemical Brothers
The Chemical Brothers singles chronology
"Get Yourself High"
(2003)
"Galvanize"
(2004)
"Believe"
(2005)
Music video
"Galvanize" on YouTube
Audio sample

"Galvanize" is a song by British electronic duo The Chemical Brothers featuring vocals by Q-Tip. It was released on 22 November 2004 as the first single from their 2005 album Push the Button. It peaked at No. 3 on the UK Singles Chart.

It was the highest charting single in their native United Kingdom by The Chemical Brothers since "Hey Boy Hey Girl", which had also reached No. 3 in 1999. In Spain, it reached No. 1 and it held the top spot for two weeks. In Australia, the song was ranked No. 65 on Triple J's Hottest 100 of 2004.[3]

Composition[edit]

The track features a distinct Moroccan Chaabi string sample from Najat Aatabou's song "Hadi Kedba Bayna (Obvious lie)".[4] The main hook of the song is in 6/4 time signature, while the rest is in 4/4. The track also features rapping by Q-Tip (member of A Tribe Called Quest). In part of the song, a sample from the group’s early single "Leave Home" plays.

Critical reception[edit]

Pitchfork Media's Scott Plagenhoef stated the song along with "The Boxer" "harks back to the duo's early B-Boy/techno days" but missed "the ferocity and sub-bass rattlings of their earlier cousins, and here play second fiddle to unremarkable verses and nasally vocals."[5]

It won the Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording in February 2006.[6]

Music video[edit]

The music video was filmed in Málaga, Spain, and directed by Adam Smith. It involves three boys wearing clown face paint, who head into a club named Lyceo during a Krump dance battle. One of the boys starts dancing in the battle, but they are caught and taken away by the police.

Formats and track listings[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2004–05) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[7] 38
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[8] 14
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[9] 13
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[10] 2
Denmark (Tracklisten)[11] 4
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[12] 4
France (SNEP)[13] 68
Germany (Official German Charts)[14] 8
Ireland (IRMA)[15] 6
Italy (FIMI)[16] 2
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[17] 11
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[18] 19
Norway (VG-lista)[19] 9
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[20] 1
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[21] 19
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[22] 34
UK Singles (Official Charts Company) 3
US Dance Club Songs (Billboard)[23] 12

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Galvanize - Single by The Chemical Brothers on Apple Music". iTunes. Retrieved 14 July 2016. 
  2. ^ Push the Button (Compact Disc liner notes). The Chemical Brothers. United Kingdom: Virgin Records. 2005. 0724356330221. 
  3. ^ "Hottest 100 2004", triple j, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, retrieved 13 November 2011 
  4. ^ "The Chemical Brothers feat. Q-Tip's Galvanize sample of Najat Aatabou's Hadi Kedba Bayna (Just Tell Me the Truth) - WhoSampled". WhoSampled. 
  5. ^ Scott Plagenhoef (2005-02-03). "The Chemical Brothers — Push the Button". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2016-05-19. 
  6. ^ Press Association (9 February 2006), "U2 Win Five Grammys", The Guardian, Guardian Media Group, retrieved 13 November 2011 
  7. ^ "Australian-charts.com – The Chemical Brothers – Galvanize". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  8. ^ "Austriancharts.at – The Chemical Brothers – Galvanize" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  9. ^ "Ultratop.be – The Chemical Brothers – Galvanize" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  10. ^ "Ultratop.be – The Chemical Brothers – Galvanize" (in French). Ultratip.
  11. ^ "Danishcharts.com – The Chemical Brothers – Galvanize". Tracklisten.
  12. ^ "The Chemical Brothers: Galvanize" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland.
  13. ^ "Lescharts.com – The Chemical Brothers – Galvanize" (in French). Les classement single.
  14. ^ "Musicline.de – The Chemical Brothers Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  15. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Galvanize". Irish Singles Chart.
  16. ^ "Italiancharts.com – The Chemical Brothers – Galvanize". Top Digital Download.
  17. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – The Chemical Brothers – Galvanize" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  18. ^ "Charts.nz – The Chemical Brothers – Galvanize". Top 40 Singles.
  19. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – The Chemical Brothers – Galvanize". VG-lista.
  20. ^ "Spanishcharts.com – The Chemical Brothers – Galvanize" Canciones Top 50.
  21. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – The Chemical Brothers – Galvanize". Singles Top 100.
  22. ^ "Swisscharts.com – The Chemical Brothers – Galvanize". Swiss Singles Chart.
  23. ^ "The Chemical Brothers Chart History (Dance Club Songs)". Billboard.

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