Good Luck (Basement Jaxx song)

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"Good Luck"
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Single by Basement Jaxx featuring Lisa Kekaula
from the album Kish Kash
B-side "Mere Pass"
Released January 5, 2004 (2004-01-05)
Format CD
Length 4:38 (album version)
3:36 (radio edit)
Label XL
Songwriter(s) Felix Buxton, Kekaula, Simon Ratcliffe
Basement Jaxx singles chronology
"Lucky Star"
"Good Luck"
"Plug It In"
Lisa Kekaula singles chronology
"Good Luck"
"U Don't Know Me"
Alternative cover
An alternative cover features a capture of Lisa Kekaula in the song's music video.
An alternative cover features a capture of Lisa Kekaula in the song's music video.

"Good Luck" is a song by British electronic music duo Basement Jaxx, featuring vocals from Lisa Kekaula of the Bellrays. It was released in January 2004 as a single from their third studio album, Kish Kash, and reached number 12 on the UK Singles Chart, number 2 on the Hot Dance Club Play in the US, and number 22 on the ARIA Charts.[citation needed]

"Good Luck" featured as the opening theme song to the 2004 CGI anime movie, Appleseed, and was also featured in the Victoria's Secret fashion show for 2003 and 2005.[citation needed]

A version without lyrics was used during the opening sequence of the BBC's UEFA Euro 2004 television coverage.[1] This spawned a re-release of the original single, and it entered at number 14 on the UK Singles Chart on July 4, 2004.

The song was nominated in the Best Dance Recording category at 47th Grammy Awards.

The song appeared on Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.


"We had to kick it off with something. Whatever we chose people would say, 'That isn't house music.' Who cares?" (Complaints about the lack of house music have appeared on the band's website.) It's a brave track, even more so for including a 16-piece orchestra. But it didn't come easily. "Initially, Lisa sounded like a diva and we didn't want that. With two hours before she had to go back to America, Simon strummed an AC/DC riff and I scribbled down some words and suddenly we had something that didn't sound like a Basement Jaxx record - a rock 'n' roll song which didn't even sound modern."[2]

Buxton said the song was the most difficult track to work on of the album. "That took us ages and we went through loads of processes. It took a long time to get it to its finish point," stated Buxton.[3]

Critical reception[edit]

While predicting winners from all of the 47th Annual Grammy Awards' categories, Sal Cinquemani and Eric Henderson from Slant Magazine predicted the song's win, with Henderson called the song "a fantastic, chugging single that shoves Britney's sex-pixie ditty and the Scissor Sisters's queer-as-milquetoast shtick face down in the dirt."[4]

Music video[edit]

A music video was produced to promote the single, filmed in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Track listings[edit]


  1. ^ "Match of the Day - Euro 2004". 
  2. ^ Chapman, Anna (October 24, 2003). "Burning down the house that Basement Jaxx built". Independent. Retrieved June 14, 2016. 
  3. ^ Interview Basement Jaxx - Felix Buxton and Simon Ratcliffe (part 2) on YouTube. FaceCulture. August 4, 2006. Retrieved August 17, 2016.
  4. ^ Cinquemani, Sal; Henderson, Eric (January 20, 2005). "Grammy 2005 Winner Predictions". Slant Magazine. Retrieved June 12, 2016. 

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