Galvanize (song)

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Single by The Chemical Brothers featuring Q-Tip
from the album Push the Button
Released 22 November 2004[1]
Recorded 2004
The Hit Factory (New York City)[2]
  • 6:33 (album version)
  • 4:28 (UK radio edit)
  • 3:11 (radio edit)
Label Virgin
  • Ed Simons
  • Kamaal Fareed
  • Tom Rowlands
  • Najate Aatabou
Producer(s) The Chemical Brothers
The Chemical Brothers singles chronology
"Get Yourself High"
Q-Tip single chronology
"Breathe and Stop"
Music video
"Galvanize" on YouTube
Music sample

"Galvanize" is a song by British electronic duo The Chemical Brothers and the first single released 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]


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 sneak into a club during a Krump dance fight. One of the boys starts dancing in the dance-off, but they are caught and taken by the police.

Usage in media[edit]

That same month, an Anheuser-Busch television commercial for Budweiser Select featured "Galvanize". The song also started appearing in NBC's Sunday Night Football coverage in 2008. "Galvanize" was used as walk-on music by darts player Kevin Painter, and is currently used heavily during live T20 Cricket, specifically when a video review is taking place.[citation needed] The song was used to start the entrance of the athletes at the opening ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London and in Need for Speed: Most Wanted. Its most recent usage is as the opening theme of the MLB Network series Hot Stove. It is also used in a commercial for Mike Holmes 2016 television show Holmes Buy it Right.

Formats and track listings[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 

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