High (Feeder song)

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High single Feeder.jpg
Single by Feeder
from the album Polythene
Released 6 October 1997
Recorded Mid 1997
Length 4:32
Label Echo
Feeder singles chronology

"High" is a song by Feeder, released as the band's fourth and final single from the album Polythene. This track was not included on the album until its re-issue in October of the same year, and is seen as a fan anthem. The chorus has similarities to The Smashing Pumpkins song "Mayonaise".


It was the first Feeder single to be playlisted on BBC Radio 1, reaching #24 in the UK Singles Chart making it their first top 40 hit. It also got extensive radio play, and made the B-list. Frontman Grant Nicholas was once quoted saying that the song is about friendship and the drawbacks of relationships. It's been strongly hinted that the line "I'm going out for a while, so I can get high with my friends" is a reference to marijuana.[1] It also is regarded as the song that kept the band in the United States for 11 months during 1998, touring with Everclear.

The track was featured in the film Can't Hardly Wait in 1998, and reached #24 and #36 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock and Modern Rock charts. Because of Billboard chart rules at the time, the song was ineligible to chart on the Hot 100 due to a lack of commercial single release. The soundtrack album of "Can't Hardly Wait", was however certified Gold by the RIAA for 500,000 units shipped,[2] and "High" was one of the most requested tracks on US college radio during the summer of 1998.[citation needed]

Before the single's release, Kerrang! rated the single with three out of five stars, saying that "while Feeder probably couldn't write a duff track if their orange jumpsuits depended on it, "High" certainly isn't as shiny or effervescent as the likes of "Cement" or "Tangerine", although they commented that it had a "large and graceful chorus" and that the song "could be the one to finally get them some airplay."[3] By 2005, the magazine's opinion of the song had become much more favourable, including the song in an eight-song list of the band's "Past Glories"−a list of "classic feeder moments" that would provide an alternative to Pushing the Senses. They noted that the song became "their first real taste of success" and said the song was "Today" "by The Smashing Pumpkins done in Brit-style".[4] In 2006, Sputnikmusic said the song is an "uplifting summer anthem" and "a great single with catchy chorus" which "showed early on the potential of Feeder's quieter side".[5]


Two days after drummer Jon Lee committed suicide at his home in Miami, on the 7 January 2002 BBC Radio 1 DJ Steve Lamacq broadcast a tribute show to him, as part of his then show titled The Evening Session. Many fans earlier on in the day contacted Steve to play "High" as a tribute to Jon at the end of his show, which he did. When the band returned to the live stage in August of that year, all live performances of "High" saw Grant Nicholas play an acoustic guitar instead of an electric guitar as with all performances prior to this. Touring guitarist Dean Tidey played all the electric parts of the song. This was the only year the song was performed with this arrangement. The band's appearance at the Reading and Leeds festivals saw them play the second stage, to reflect the low-key profile to their shows. The second stage to this festival at the time was called The Evening Session Stage, the same name as Steve Lamacq's show at the time. In May 2010 the track was played under much happier circumstances as part of Chris Moyles Tedious Link. On 16 July 2011 the track was chosen by Comedy Dave on Radio 1's Golden Year show as his own personal choice.

Track listing[edit]


  1. "High" – 4:34
  2. "Wishing for the Sun" – 3:30
  3. "Women In Towels" – 2:31
  4. "Cement" (video)


  1. "High" – 4:34
  2. "High" (acoustic) – 3:49
  3. "Sweet 16" – 3:28
  4. "Crash" (video)

7" vinyl (light blue)

  1. "High" – 4:34
  2. "Wishing for the Sun" – 3:30


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