Kelly Watch the Stars

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"Kelly Watch the Stars"
Single by Air
from the album Moon Safari
Released 1998
Recorded 1997
Genre Space pop, chillout
Length 3:44
  • Jean-Benoît Dunckel
  • Nicolas Godin
Air singles chronology
"Sexy Boy"
"Kelly Watch the Stars"
"All I Need"
"Sexy Boy"
"Kelly Watch the Stars"
"All I Need"

"Kelly Watch the Stars" (also written "Kelly, Watch the Stars!") is a song by Air, from their debut studio album Moon Safari.

Critical reception[edit]

The song was well received by music critics. AllMusic called the song "accessible pop."[1] Drum 'n' Bass: The Rough Guide described the song as "retro-electronics".[2] The song was also included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.[3]

Chart performance[edit]

The song was commercially successful in the UK, entering the UK Singles Chart at number 18 on the chart dated 16 May 1998 and spending a total of three weeks in the top 50.[4] The song remains their second-biggest hit in the UK.[4]

Music video[edit]

The music video, directed by Mike Millis,[5] drew attention due to its surreal concept.[3] It depicts a girl named Kelly playing ping-pong. She is knocked unconscious, and floats into the night sky. She eventually regains consciousness, and continues to play, eventually winning the ping-pong match.[6]

Live performances and media usage[edit]

The group performed the song on Jimmy Kimmel Live! in 2016, to promote the release of their retrospective collection Twentyears.[7][8]

A remix of the song was featured on the soundtrack for the 1999 film Splendor.[9] The song was also featured on the 2012 electronica retrospective collection "Electrospective".[10] The song was also featured in an episode of TV shows Daria and Back in Time for Dinner.[11]

Track listing[edit]


Chart (1998) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[16] 77
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[17] 62
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[18] 18


  1. ^ Bush, John. "Moon Safari – Air". AllMusic. Retrieved 28 February 2017. 
  2. ^ Shapiro, Pete. "Drum 'n' Bass: The Rough Guide". Google Books. Rough Guides. Retrieved 28 February 2017. 
  3. ^ a b Dimery, Robert (2016). 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die (5th ed.). Tristan de Lancey. ISBN 1-84403-392-9. 
  4. ^ a b "Air UK Chart History". Official Charts. Official Charts Company. Retrieved 28 February 2017. 
  5. ^ "Kelly Watch the Stars (1998)". IMVDb. Retrieved 28 February 2017. 
  6. ^ "Official Music Video". YouTube. Astralwerks. Retrieved 28 February 2017. 
  7. ^ Pearce, Sheldon; Minsker, Evan. "Watch Air Perform "Kelly Watch the Stars," Action Bronson Talk Stealing TVs on "Kimmel"". Pitchfork. Conde Nast. Retrieved 28 February 2017. 
  8. ^ Kaye, Ben. "Air performs "Kelly Watch the Stars", Action Bronson talks food on Kimmel — watch". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 28 February 2017. 
  9. ^ Birchmeier, Jason. ""Splendor" Overview". AllMusic. RhtyhmOne. Retrieved 28 February 2017. 
  10. ^ Kellman, Andy. ""Electrospective" Track Listing and Overview". AllMusic. RhythmOne. Retrieved 28 February 2017. 
  11. ^ "Air at IMDb". IMDb. Retrieved 1 March 2017. 
  12. ^ "Standard Edition tack listing". Discogs. Retrieved 28 February 2017. 
  13. ^ "French Maxi-Single Track Listing". Discogs. Retrieved 28 February 2017. 
  14. ^ "UK Cassingle Track Listing". Discogs. Retrieved 28 February 2017. 
  15. ^ "French Promo Single Track Listing". Discogs. Retrieved 28 February 2017. 
  16. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing. 
  17. ^ " – Air – Kelly Watch the Stars" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 28 February 2017.
  18. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 28 February 2017.

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