Let Forever Be

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"Let Forever Be"
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Single by The Chemical Brothers featuring Noel Gallagher
from the album Surrender
Released2 August 1999 (1999-08-02)
  • 3:56 (album version)
  • 3:40 (radio edit)
  • Tom Rowlands
  • Ed Simons
  • Noel Gallagher
Producer(s)The Chemical Brothers
The Chemical Brothers singles chronology
"Hey Boy Hey Girl"
"Let Forever Be"
"Out of Control"
Noel Gallagher singles chronology
"Setting Sun"
"Let Forever Be"
"Keep What Ya Got"

"Let Forever Be" is a song by English big beat band The Chemical Brothers, released as the second single from their third album Surrender. It contains the vocals of Noel Gallagher of Oasis, who also co-wrote the song and previously worked with The Chemical Brothers on "Setting Sun". The song is a clear homage to The Beatles' "Tomorrow Never Knows", both melodically and rhythmically.

Both the track's B-sides sample tracks from Surrender: "The Diamond Sky" samples the track "Surrender", and "Studio K" samples "The Sunshine Underground".

"Let Forever Be" was The Chemical Brothers' fourth top 10 single in the UK, peaking at number nine in the UK Singles Chart.[citation needed] The song was also one of their biggest hits in the United States, peaking at number 29 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart.[1]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Let Forever Be" – 3:56
  2. "The Diamond Sky" – 3:37
  3. "Studio K" – 5:48

Music video[edit]

The video for the track was directed by Michel Gondry, and utilized ground-breaking video and film effects in its depiction of a young woman's nightmares (the girl is played by actress and dancer Stephanie Landwehr[2]). The video, which drew visual inspiration from Ray Davies' 1975 Granada TV production Starmaker, received much media attention and became one of the most well-known videos from the band. The video also makes specific visual and thematic references to the dance sequence "I Only Have Eyes For You" (music by Harry Warren; lyrics by Al Dubin), choreographed by Busby Berkeley for the Warner Bros. musical Dames (1934) directed by Ray Enright.

Pitchfork Media named it the "quintessential Michel Gondry video" and ranked it at number seven in their list of the "Top 50 Music Videos of the 1990s".[3]

Release history[edit]

Region Release date Label Format Catalogue
Japan 23 July 1999 Virgin Japan CD VJCP-12127
UK 2 August 1999 Freestyle Dust CD CHEMSD9
12" vinyl CHEMST9
Cassette CHEMSC9
US 3 August 1999 Astralwerks CD ASW95999-2


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