Hide and Seek (Imogen Heap song)
|"Hide and Seek"|
|Single by Imogen Heap|
|from the album Speak for Yourself|
|Released||19 May 2005|
|Format||Paid download, vinyl|
|Length||4:29 (album version)|
3:01 (radio edit)
|Imogen Heap singles chronology|
"Hide and Seek" is a 2005 song written, produced, and performed by Imogen Heap. The song was released as the first single from her second album Speak for Yourself. The single was certified gold by the RIAA on 3 April 2009. Itself influenced by Paul Lansky's "Her Song", the track was later sampled in Jason Derulo's "Whatcha Say", a song receiving international success. As of 2009 the song has sold 647,000 copies in United States.
In a 2005 interview, Heap stated that the song's lyrics were ultimately about having painfully lost someone and how others react to things that happen to someone else.
The music video for the song was directed by Joel Peissing, featuring Heap singing against a gently flashing white backdrop. The video is presented in a heavily pillarboxed format.
Covers, remakes, and samples
Heap arranged an alternate version of the song, labelled "Hide and Seek 2", for the compilation album Songs for Tibet: The Art of Peace.
Canadian guitarist Antoine Dufour recorded a solo guitar version of the song. It is featured on his album Convergences. British alternative rock band Fightstar covered the song as a B-Side to their single, "The English Way". This is performed mainly by lead singer Charlie Simpson on vocals and piano, and second vocalist Alex Westaway performing backing vocals. The Christian crunkcore band And Then There Were None has also covered the song. Additionally, English rock/folk artists The Dunwells recorded a guitar-only version of the song with three-part harmony featuring vocalists Joseph Dunwell, his brother David Dunwell, and the band's drummer, Jonny Lamb singing counterpoint. It is featured on the band's 2012 EP Leaving of the Rose. British band Amber Run also recorded a cover of the song in 2012.
EDM artists Otto Knows and Afrojack have sampled the chorus from "Hide and Seek" in remixes of the song. Dubstep artist Roksonix produced a remix of the original song, however titled under Jason Derulo's single "Whatcha Say".
Classically-trained string trio Time for Three covered the song on their 2010 album "3 Fervent Travelers."
Bassnectar played "Hide and Seek" into his rendition of Ellie Goulding's "Lights" at the midnight mark on New Year's Eve 2015-2016 at his 360-degree concert in Birmingham, Alabama, to ring in the New Year.
Amber Run released their cover version in 2014 on their "Spark" EP.
Rameses B have a multi-genre remix of "Hide and Seek".
Transit (vocal band) released an a cappella cover of the song on their 2011 self-titled album.
Other appearances in media
The song gained popularity after being featured as background music at the climax of the season two finale of the American television series The O.C., later parodied in a 2007 Saturday Night Live digital short called Dear Sister. This later spawned many Internet parody videos, with the music typically overlaid on dramatic scenes from television shows, video games, movies, and anime, mainly those involving a shocking or slow-motion death of a major character.
The song also appears in the films The Last Kiss, The Town, Warren Miller's Off the Grid and Italian movieThree steps over heaven. It has also been featured in the series So You Think You Can Dance, Smith, The L Word, The Real World: Sydney, Gossip Girl, Degrassi: The Next Generation, the German telenovela Anna und die Liebe, Nirvanna the Band the Show, CSI: Miami and the Norwegian television drama Skam.
- "Hide And Seek (Radio Edit)" – 3:02
- "Hide And Seek (Album Version)" – 4:29
- "Hide And Seek" – 4:29
- "Cumulus" – 3:34
|Canada Digital Songs (Billboard)||57|
|UK Singles (Official Charts Company)||125|
|US Digital Songs (Billboard)||37|
|United States (RIAA)||Gold||500,000^|
^shipments figures based on certification alone
- Album version – 4:29
- Single version – 4:16
- Radio edit – 3:01
- Afrojack remix – 4:41
- Tiësto's In Search of Sunrise remix – 8:32
- Morgan Page Bootleg Mix - 6:04
- Otto Knows Bootleg
- Ferry Corsten Bootleg
- Partyraiser remix (Sound Becomes One)
|United States||19 May 2005||RCA Victor|
|United Kingdom||26 September 2005||Megaphonic|
- Imogen Heap [@imogenheap] (30 September 2009). "Jason Derulo had my permission @mannieefreeshh. Love or hate me for it - Hide and Seek has a life of it's own. I love it's madcap journey x" (Tweet). Retrieved 18 January 2018 – via Twitter.
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