Lights Out (Santigold song)

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"Lights Out"
Single by Santogold
from the album Santogold
Released August 11, 2008
Genre Pop rock, new wave
Length 3:12
Label Downtown Records (US)
Atlantic Records (UK)
Songwriter(s) Santi White, John Hill, Chris Feinstein
Producer(s) Santi White, John Hill
Santogold singles chronology
"L.E.S. Artistes"
"Lights Out"
"Say Aha"
"L.E.S. Artistes"
"Lights Out"
"Say Aha"

"Lights Out" is the third single by American artist Santogold (now Santigold), taken from her self-titled debut Santogold (see 2008 in music).

Release and reception[edit]

It was announced on July 4, 2008 that "Lights Out" would be released as a single on August 11.[1][2] "Lights Out", as well as an exclusive remix of the song, is used to promote Bud Light Lime.[3] The remix was available as a free download from the beer's official website.[4] Santi promoted the song on BBC Radio 1's popular Live Lounge programme, hosted by Jo Whiley. She performed "Lights Out" and a cover of Adele's "Hometown Glory". Lights Out also appeared in hit TV show Grey's Anatomy.

Rolling Stone compared "Lights Out" to "a lost Pretenders single."[5] NME, meanwhile, said the song "harkens back to the sleek ’80s new wave of The Cars."[6] Blender seconded the comparison, saying the "butterfly fragile" song uses "chunky Cars guitars and a plaintive early-MTV synth" as a "shy come-on".[7] "Lights Out" also received comparisons to the Pixies;[8][9] The Village Voice stated it "channel[s] the Pixies with a punk-pop sound fueled by spare guitar plucks, simple drum patterns, and lyrics delivered in a talk-sing stutter with random falsetto breaks."[10] It "finds a fascinating middle ground between the Pixies and the Go-Go's", according to Pitchfork Media.[11] Pitchfork Media placed it at #422 on its "Top 500 Tracks of the 2000s" list.[12] PopMatters simply called the song "a sweet and eerie lullaby".[13] ILikeMusic said that "under a pure fire pop chorus the track is as irresistible as gravity."[9] The Manchester Evening News went as far to call the song "perfect, faultless: a complete peach."[8]

Music video[edit]

The "Lights Out" music video was directed by Kim Gehrig. The music video premiered via Pitchfork Media on August 11, 2008.[14] It features Santigold performing in front of various colored walls and patterns — zebra print, black-and-yellow gingham, a tropical theme, cheetah and tiger prints, flamingoes, feathers, and others.[14]

Track listing[edit]

  • UK CD single
  1. "Lights Out" (radio edit) – 3:13
  1. Lights Out – 3:13
  2. Lights Out (Tepr Club Remix) – 5:40
  3. Lights Out (Tepr Emo Remix) – 3:37
  4. Lights Out (Kid Gloves Remix) – 7:30
  5. Lights Out (Dave Rubato Remix) – 3:16 (iTunes only)[16]

Official versions and remixes[edit]

  • Album Version — 3:12
  • Radio Edit — 3:13 (same as the album version)
  • Video Version — 2:30
  • Bud Light Remix — 2:32
  • Dave Rubato Remix — 3:16
  • Diplo's Panda Bear Remix — 2:22 (appears on Top Ranking)
  • Kid Gloves Remix — 7:30
  • Tepr Club Remix — 5:40
  • Tepr Emo Remix — 3:37


  1. ^ "Santigold to release Lights Out single". AngryApe. 2008-07-04. Retrieved 2008-07-04. 
  2. ^ Rick Fulton (2008-07-04). "Razz Rocks: Striking Gold". Daily Record. Trinity Mirror. Retrieved 2008-07-04. ...Lights Out which is out on August 4 [dead link]
  3. ^ "New Santigold - "Lights Out (Bud Light Remix)"". Stereogum. 2008-05-19. Retrieved 2008-07-04. 
  4. ^ "Music Downloads". Bud Light Lime. Budweiser (Anheuser-Busch). Retrieved 2008-07-04. 
  5. ^ Will Hermes (2008-05-01). "Santigold". Rolling Stone. Wenner Publishing. Retrieved 2008-07-04. 
  6. ^ Priya Elan (2008-05-08). "Santigold". NME. IPC Media. Retrieved 2008-07-04. 
  7. ^ Jon Dolan (April 2008). "Hip-hop hipster mocks hipsters, gets hipper". Blender. Dennis Publishing. Retrieved 2008-07-04. 
  8. ^ a b Sarah Walters (2008-07-31). "Lights Out (Lizard King)". Manchester Evening News. Guardian Media Group. Retrieved 2008-08-23. [dead link]
  9. ^ a b "Santigold live, plus free mixtape". ILikeMusic. 2008-08-08. Retrieved 2008-08-23. 
  10. ^ Katie Hintz (2008-04-22). "Santigold: A star grows in Brooklyn". The Village Voice. Village Voice Media. Retrieved 2008-07-04. 
  11. ^ Tom Ewing (2008-05-07). "Santigold". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 2008-07-04. 
  12. ^
  13. ^ Alexis Pauline Gumbs (2008-04-30). "Santigold". PopMatters. Retrieved 2008-07-04. 
  14. ^ a b Marc Hogan (2008-08-11). " Santigold: "Lights Out" [Video]". Retrieved 2008-08-13. 
  15. ^ "Lights Out". 7digital. 2008-08-10. Retrieved 2008-08-13. 
  16. ^ "Lights Out - EP". iTunes Store. 2008-08-11. Retrieved 2008-08-13.