Insomnia (Faithless song)

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"Insomnia"
Faithless Insomnia1.jpg
Single by Faithless
from the album Reverence
Released
  • 27 November 1995
  • 14 October 1996 (re-release)
  • September 2005 (re-release)
FormatCD
Recorded1995 in London, England
Length3:36
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Rollo
Faithless singles chronology
"Salva Mea"
(1995)
"Insomnia"
(1995)
"Don't Leave"
(1996)
Faithless singles chronology
"Why Go?"
(2005)
"Insomnia 2005"
(2005)
"Fatty Boo"
(2005)
Audio sample
Music video
"Insomnia" on YouTube
Alternative cover
2005 version
2005 version

"Insomnia" is a song recorded by British musical group Faithless. Released as the band's second single, it became one of their most successful. It was originally released in 1995 and reached number 27 on the UK Singles Chart, topping the UK Dance Chart in the process. When re-released in 1996, the song reached a new peak of number three in the United Kingdom and peaked atop the charts of Finland, Norway and Switzerland, while becoming a top-five hit in several other countries and topping multiple dance charts. It was certified Platinum by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) in 2015.

"Insomnia" was voted by Mixmag readers as the fifth greatest dance record of all time.[1] The main refrain of "Insomnia" is a drum sample of "Let Me Love You for Tonight" by artist Kariya. [2]

Content[edit]

The song features Maxi Jazz singing as an insomniac while he struggles to sleep ("I toss and I turn without cease, like a curse, open my eyes and rise like yeast/At least a couple of weeks since I last slept, kept takin' sleepers, but now I keep myself pepped"). The subject is resonant with fans of dance music, as stimulant use is common in club/rave culture, and insomnia is a common side effect. The insomniac is also rather destitute ("Make my way to the refrigerator/One dry potato inside, no lie, not even bread, jam, when the light above my head went bam...").

Release[edit]

The album version is nearly nine minutes long and contains some lyrics not able to be broadcast on the radio edit due to their explicit content. It also contains some bells chiming at the start of the song not generally known by the club-going public as many people know the Monster Mix or the Monster Mix Radio Edit. The Monster Mix was the mix featured on Faithless' greatest hits album Forever Faithless. The song topped the U.S. Hot Dance Club Play chart. The Moody Mix featured on some of the singles was also on the Reverence / Irreverence release.

The main refrain of "Insomnia" is a heavy sample of 1989' "Let Me Love You for Tonight" by UK artist Kariya.[3]

Music video[edit]

The music video of "Insomnia" was directed by Lindy Heymann.[4]

Impact and legacy[edit]

DJ Magazine ranked it number 14 in their list of Top 100 Club Tunes in 1998.[5]

MTV Dance placed "Insomnia" at number 22 in their list of The 100 Biggest 90's Dance Anthems Of All Time in November 2011.[6]

It was voted by Mixmag readers as the fifth Greatest Dance Record of All Time.[7]

Track listing[edit]

Charts and certifications[edit]

2005 mix[edit]

"Insomnia" was re-mixed and re-released in 2005 after the re-entry of the 1996 single into the UK Singles Chart at number 48. This was partly because of Faithless releasing their greatest hits album. The re-mix was not used on the greatest hits with the Monster Mix being the version which featured on the album. The re-mixed version reached number 17 on the UK Singles Chart.

CD1[edit]

  1. "Insomnia" (Blissy vs. Armand Van Helden 2005 Re-Work) – 03:22
  2. "Insomnia" (Monster Mix Radio Edit) – 03:36

CD2[edit]

  1. "Insomnia" (Blissy vs. Armand Van Helden 2005 Re-Work) – 03:22
  2. "Insomnia" (Sasha B.A Remix) – 09:52
  3. "Insomnia" (Armand's European Vacation Mix) – 08:03
  4. "Insomnia" (Monster Mix) – 08:35

Version 2.0 by Avicii[edit]

In 2015, Swedish DJ and record producer Avicii released a remix titled "Insomnia 2.0 (Avicii Remix)". The track was released on 24 July 2015 and reached the German charts.[52] It was also featured on the Faithless 2.0 release in Avicii extended remix and Avicii radio exit remix formats (as well as the 1995 Monster Mix). "Insomnia 2.0" also went to number one on the US Dance chart.[53]

Mike Candys and Jack Holiday version[edit]

"Insomnia"
JH MC - Insomnia single.jpg
Single by Mike Candys and Jack Holiday
from the album Smile
Released11 September 2009 (2009-09-11)
Format
Genre
Length3:29
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Mike Candys
  • Jack Holiday
  • Chris Crime
Mike Candys and Jack Holiday singles chronology
"Insomnia"
(2009)
"Together Again"
(2010)

In 2009, Swiss DJs Mike Candys and Jack Holiday recorded a remix of the song. It was released in September 2009 as their debut single and charted throughout Europe.

Track listing[edit]

CD maxi – Europe (2009)
  1. "Insomnia" (Radio Edit) – 3:31
  2. "Insomnia" (Chris Crime Infinity Remix) – 4:41
  3. "Insomnia" (Christopher S. Remix) – 4:39

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2009–12) Peak
position
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[54] 41
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[55] 9
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[56] 16
Denmark (Tracklisten)[57] 2
France (SNEP)[58] 15
Germany (Official German Charts)[59] 44
Luxembourg (Billboard)[60] 5
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[61] 30
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[62] 34

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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