Granite (song)

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"Granite"
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Single by Pendulum
from the album In Silico
Released 4 November 2007 (2007-11-04)
Format 12", CD, download
Recorded 2007
Genre Drum and bass, breakbeat, electronic rock
Length 4:41 (album version)
3:45 (radio edit)
Label Warner Music UK
Writer(s) Rob Swire
Producer(s) Rob Swire, Gareth McGrillen
Pendulum singles chronology
"Blood Sugar" / "Axle Grinder"
(2007)
"Granite"
(2007)
"Propane Nightmares"
(2008)

"Granite" is the first single from Australian drum and bass band Pendulum's second studio album In Silico. It was released through Warner Music UK, and through the band's new Ear Storm imprint with Warner Music Group. The song entered the UK Singles Chart on 11 November 2007, peaking at number 29 on 2 December. The single is supposedly inspired by the likes of video game boss battles, including the theme of various battles against the Mario series' Bowser; it directly samples the beginning of the music from the castle stages in Super Mario World. Q Magazine named it 24th in the 50 top records of December 2007. When played in reverse, the main melody changes into the melody used in the end of the song, and vice versa. The song is featured in Need for Speed Undercover.

Music video[edit]

The music video is centred on the theme of ufology and aliens visiting Earth. The video features "amateur" video footage of various UFO sightings over cities and famous landmarks and monuments, as well as simulated news footage. Some of the UFOs resemble Pendulum's logo on their "In Silico" album and were later seen again in the music video for their other single "The Other Side". Locations include: Rome, Italy; Brussels, Belgium; Barcelona, Spain; Mexico City, Mexico; Paris, France; and London, England. In the last few images of the video a ghostly silhouette of an alien can be seen from an upstairs window.

Chart performance[edit]

"Granite" entered the UK Singles Chart on 11 November 2007 at number 48 based solely on downloads from iTunes and 7digital.[1] Following the release of physical formats the song peaked at number 29 on 2 December, making it their second most successful original hit to date at the time – their remix of "Voodoo People" originally by The Prodigy having reached number twenty on 2 October 2005.[2] This achievement was later surpassed by their next single "Propane Nightmares" which peaked in the charts at number nine. "Granite" remained in the chart for a total of six weeks.

Chart (2007) Peak
position
UK Singles Chart[1] 29

Criticism[edit]

The track was criticized by veteran jungle and drum and bass producer, Goldie.[3]

Release history[edit]

Region Release Date Format Catalogue
Worldwide 4 November 2007 (2007-11-04) download single none
United Kingdom 26 November 2007 (2007-11-26) 12" single WEA436T
CD single WEA436CD
2 December 2007 (2007-12-02) download reissue none

Formats and track listings[edit]

These are the major formats and associated track listings of single releases of "Granite".

Personnel[edit]

The following people contributed to "Granite".[8]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Pendulum - Granite. acharts. Retrieved 28 July 2008.
  2. ^ Prodigy - Voodoo People / Out Of Space. acharts. Retrieved 6 August 2008.
  3. ^ http://www.adelaidemassive.com/index.php?topic=1215.0
  4. ^ "Granite" (12"). Discogs. Retrieved 16 July 2008.
  5. ^ "Granite" (CD, Single). Discogs. Retrieved 2 July 2008.
  6. ^ "Granite" (12", Ltd, Promo, S/Sided, Etch). Discogs. Retrieved 2 July 2008.
  7. ^ "Granite" (CD, Single, Promo). Discogs. Retrieved 2 July 2008.
  8. ^ "In Silico" (CD, Album). Discogs. Retrieved 9 July 2008.