I Still Remember

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This article is about the song by Bloc Party. For the Blackmore's Night song, see Fires at Midnight.
"I Still Remember"
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Single by Bloc Party
from the album A Weekend in the City
B-side
  • "Atonement"
  • "Cain Said to Abel"
  • "Selfish Son"
  • Remixes
Released 9 April 2007
Format
Recorded 2006
Genre
Length 4:24
Label Wichita
Writer(s) Russell Lissack, Gordon Moakes, Kele Okereke, Matt Tong
Producer(s) Jacknife Lee
Bloc Party singles chronology
"The Prayer"
(2007)
"I Still Remember"
(2007)
"Hunting for Witches"
(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"

"I Still Remember" is a song by English rock band Bloc Party. It was released as a single from their second studio album, A Weekend in the City., being the first U.S. single and second UK single from the album. The single was released in Britain in two 7" formats as well as a CD version. The B-sides are "Atonement", "Cain Said To Abel", "Selfish Son", and "I Still Remember (Music Box And Tears Remix)". A limited edition "I Still Remember" 7" was also given to the first 1000 people who pre-ordered the album from Insound.[1] The music video was made by Aggressive[2] and was first shown on 8 January 2007 on MTV2. Upon release, the song reached number 24 on the Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart (since renamed Alternative Songs),[3] making it the band's highest charting single in the US, besting the number 34 peak of "Banquet" on the same chart in 2005.[3]

Song inspiration[edit]

Frontman Kele Okereke talked about the song at some length in his January 2007 The Observer interview, responding to questions as to whether the song had an autobiographical nature:[4]

Not really ... I guess, partially. [Can we call it a gay love story?] Yeah, but is it a love story? It's one person longing for somebody they can't really have. But it's not consummated. It's not a mutual thing. ...

This is probably a contentious issue, but I swear that I could always see [male homosexual attraction] in people, in the way that guys would need to be touching other guys. You could see there was something they couldn't say aloud. And I saw it when I was at school. And I guess "I Still Remember" is an attempt at trying to confront that. ... I know from my own experiences a lot of heterosexual boys had feelings or experiences when they were younger. And that's not really ever spoken about, that un-spoken desire. ...

Not two gay boys ... but the idea of two straight boys having an attraction, or there being an attraction that's unspeakable - that was the idea of that song.

Track listing[edit]

7" singles[edit]

  • Wichita / WEBB125S (UK) (in gatefold sleeve which houses second 7")

All tracks written by Bloc Party.

No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "I Still Remember" Jacknife Lee 4:36
2. "Atonement" Eliot James 3:49
  • Wichita / WEBB125SX (UK)

All tracks written by Bloc Party.

No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "I Still Remember" Jacknife Lee 4:36
2. "Cain Said to Abel" Eliot James 3:24

CD[edit]

All tracks written by Bloc Party.

No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "I Still Remember" Jacknife Lee 4:36
2. "Selfish Son" Eliot James 4:58
3. "I Still Remember" (Music Box and Tears Remix)
  • Jacknife Lee
  • Lull
5:03

Promo CD[edit]

All tracks written by Bloc Party.

No. Title Length
1. "I Still Remember" (radio edit) 3:51
2. "I Still Remember" (UK radio edit) 3:50
3. "I Still Remember" (album version) 4:24

Charts[edit]

Charts (2008) Peak
position
UK Singles Chart 20
US Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks 24[3]
US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles (Billboard)[5] 19

References[edit]

  1. ^ link
  2. ^ Gottlieb, Steven J (12 November 2006). "Booked: Bloc Party - Aggressive, directors". Video Static. Retrieved 31 December 2006. 
  3. ^ a b c http://www.allmusic.com/artist/bloc-party-mn0000223861/awards
  4. ^ McLean, Craig (7 January 2007). "Kele Okereke: 21st-century boy". London: The Observer. Retrieved 21 February 2007. 
  5. ^ "Bloc Party – Chart history" Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 for Bloc Party. Retrieved September 18, 2016.

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