Hunting for Witches

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"Hunting for Witches"
BlocParty-HuntingForWitches.jpg
Single by Bloc Party
from the album A Weekend in the City
B-side
  • "Rhododendrons"
  • "Secrets"
  • "Cavaliers and Roundheads"
  • Remixes
Released 9 July 2007
Format
Recorded 2006
Genre
Length 3:31
Label Wichita
Songwriter(s) Russell Lissack, Gordon Moakes, Kele Okereke, Matt Tong
Producer(s) Jacknife Lee
Bloc Party singles chronology
"I Still Remember"
(2007)
"Hunting for Witches"
(2007)
"Flux"
(2007)
"I Still Remember"
(2007)
"Hunting for Witches"
(2007)
"Flux"
(2007)
A Weekend in the City track listing
  1. "Song for Clay (Disappear Here)"
  2. "Hunting for Witches"
  3. "Waiting for the 7.18"
  4. "The Prayer"
  5. "Uniform"
  6. "On"
  7. "Where Is Home?"
  8. "Kreuzberg"
  9. "I Still Remember"
  10. "Sunday"
  11. "SRXT"

"Hunting for Witches" is a song by English rock band Bloc Party. It was released as the third single from their second studio album, A Weekend in the City, on 9 July 2007. The song peaked at number 22 on the UK Singles Chart.

Composition[edit]

"Hunting for Witches" lyrics were influenced by the terrorist attacks on London's transportation system in July 2005, the September 11, 2001 attacks in the United States, and the media's reaction to the attacks. It also touches upon the amount of control the media has over modern society. Frontman Kele Okereke stated in an interview:[1]

The 30 bus in Hackney, which is just around the corner from where I live, was blown up. [That song was] written when I was just observing the reactions of the mainstream press in [the UK] and I was just amazed at how easy it'd been to whip them up into a fury. ... I guess the point about the song for me is post-September 11th, the media has really traded on fear and the use of fear in controlling people.

Music video[edit]

The music video for the song was the most minimalist one from the album. It simply features the band performing the song in a dark room, using some unique overhead shots in some parts of the video. The video is credited as being directed by Alan Smithee.

Track listing[edit]

7" vinyls[edit]

  • Wichita / WEBB130S (UK) (In gatefold sleeve which houses second 7")

All tracks written by Bloc Party.

No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "Hunting for Witches" Jacknife Lee 3:31
2. "Rhododendrons" Eliot James 4:49
  • Wichita / WEBB130SX (UK)

All tracks written by Bloc Party.

No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "Hunting for Witches (Live at Bristol Academy 02/07/07)"   3:34
2. "Secrets" Eliot James 4:06

CDs[edit]

  • Wichita / WEBB130SCD (UK)

All tracks written by Bloc Party.

No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "Hunting for Witches" Jacknife Lee 3:31
2. "Cavaliers and Roundheads"
  • Bloc Party
  • Justin Underhill
3:44
3. "Uniform (James Rutledge Remix)"
  • Jacknife Lee
  • James Rutledge
8:23
  • Wichita / WEBB130SRMX (UK)

All tracks written by Bloc Party.

No. Title Length
1. "Hunting for Witches (Fury666 Remix)" 3:42
2. "Hunting for Witches (Crystal Castles Remix)" 4:57
  • Manufactured CD, but labelled "for promotional use only".

Download[edit]

All tracks written by Bloc Party.

No. Title Length
1. "Hunting for Witches (Dave Pianka Remix)" 6:29

Charts[edit]

Charts (2008) Peak
position
UK Singles Chart 22

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bloc Party Grows Up On second album". Billboard. 5 May 2007. Archived from the original on 5 February 2008. Retrieved 1 April 2009. 

External links[edit]