Machine Gun (Portishead song)

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"Machine Gun"
Portishead - Machine Gun.jpg
Single by Portishead
from the album Third
Released 24 March 2008
Format Digital download, 12"
Recorded 2005–2008
Genre Electro-industrial, experimental
Length 4:45
Writer(s) Geoff Barrow and Beth Gibbons
Producer(s) Portishead
Portishead singles chronology
"Only You"
"Machine Gun"
"The Rip"

"Machine Gun" is the first single taken from the 2008 LP Third by English band Portishead. The song made its radio and download debut on 24 March 2008. It premiered on Zane Lowe's BBC Radio 1 show and was made available for download on the band's official website. A UK one-sided 12 inch vinyl was released on 14 April 2008.[1]

The music video features the band playing the song at the studio. The 12-inch vinyl was released on 14 April, while a digital version was made available from the official site on 10 April. On 29 May, during the first concert at the Estrella Damm Primavera Sound Festival in Barcelona, Chuck D of Public Enemy joined the band onstage to perform a rap section on the instrumental part at the end of the song.[citation needed]

The song's beat was sampled by The Weeknd on his song "Belong to the World" from his debut album Kiss Land. According to Geoff Barrow, the sample was used without the band's permission.[2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Machine Gun" – 4:43

In popular culture[edit]

  • A different version of the song appeared in the teaser for the video game Metro: Last Light.
  • The song was featured in an episode of the British teen drama Skins, which is set in Bristol which is where the band are from.
  • The song is used as entrance theme of professional wrestler Marty Scurll in Progress Wrestling.


"Machine Gun" entered the UK Singles Chart at number 52 on 30 March 2008, their first singles chart entry for ten years since "Only You" in March 1998.[citation needed]

Chart (2008) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[3] 87
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[4] 12
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[5] 17
France (SNEP)[6] 82
UK Singles Chart (Official Charts Company)[7] 52


  1. ^ "Portishead Reveal Third single, Box Set details". Retrieved 2008-03-20. 
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  3. ^ "The ARIA Report: Issue 946 (Week Commencing 14 April 2008)" (PDF). Australian Recording Industry Association. p. 4. Retrieved 7 June 2013. 
  4. ^ "Portishead – Machine Gun" (in Dutch). Ultratop. Hung Medien. Retrieved 6 June 2013. 
  5. ^ "Portishead – Machine Gun" (in French). Ultratop. Hung Medien. Retrieved 6 June 2013. 
  6. ^ "Portishead – Machine Gun". (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved 7 June 2013. 
  7. ^ "Portishead". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 7 June 2013. 

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