Mountains (Biffy Clyro song)

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Single by Biffy Clyro
from the album Only Revolutions
B-side "Little Soldiers
Released 18 August 2008
Format CD, 7", Digital download
Recorded Sunset Sound Recorders, Hollywood, California
Early March 2008
Genre Alternative rock, progressive rock
Length 3:20
Label 14th Floor
Songwriter(s) Simon Neil / Biffy Clyro
Producer(s) Garth Richardson / Biffy Clyro
Biffy Clyro singles chronology
"Who's Got a Match?"
"That Golden Rule"
"Who's Got a Match?"
"That Golden Rule"
Only Revolutions track listing
  1. "The Captain"
  2. "That Golden Rule"
  3. "Bubbles"
  4. "God and Satan"
  5. "Born on a Horse"
  6. "Mountains"
  7. "Shock Shock"
  8. "Many of Horror"
  9. "Booooom, Blast & Ruin"
  10. "Cloud of Stink"
  11. "Know Your Quarry"
  12. "Whorses"
7" Picture Disc #1
7" Picture Disc #1
7" Picture Disc #2
7" Picture Disc #2

"Mountains" is a single by Scottish band Biffy Clyro, released on 18 August 2008. Originally released as a 'non-album' single, "Mountains" is the band's highest charting single to date on the UK singles chart, peaking at #5. The song was later included on the band's fifth studio album, Only Revolutions.[1]

"Mountains" was originally entitled "Teeth or Mountains", and was first played live at the Electric Festival in Getafe, Spain, on 30 May 2008.

The song is the 40th biggest selling rock song of the 21st century in the United Kingdom with sales of 200,000.[2]

Release and reception[edit]

The band signing copies in Glasgow, 25 August 2008

Taking a short break from touring with Say Anything in March 2008, the band recorded the song in Los Angeles, with producer Garth Richardson - producer of the band's previous album, Puzzle.

After appearing in many of the band's summer setlists, the song made its radio debut on Zane Lowe's BBC Radio 1 show on Friday 19 June 2008 and was introduced as "The Hottest Record in the World Today".

To coincide with the single's physical release, the band embarked on a promotional tour across the UK performing acoustic sets in record stores and signing copies of the single.[3]

Australia is starting to play the song on commercial radio,[when?] and the song was used for the credits for XXXX Gold Beach Cricket.

Mountains was included on Colin McRae: DiRT 2 in a video tribute to the late Scottish rally driver Colin McRae.[4]

This song also appears on Shift 2: Unleashed.


"Paperfriend" was a track recorded for Puzzle in 2007 that didn't make the cut. Lyrics from the track, "Help Me Be Captain", can be heard in the song.

"Little Soldiers" appeared in the band's acoustic sets promoting the single.

Track listing[edit]

  • CD 14FLR32CD
  1. "Mountains" – 3:23
  2. "Little Soldiers" – 2:46
  • 7" Picture Disc #1 14FLR32V1
  1. "Mountains" – 3:23
  2. "Paperfriend" – 4:07
  • 7" Picture Disc #2 14FLR32V2
  1. "Mountains" – 3:23
  2. "Robbery" – 1:54
  1. "Mountains (Acoustic Version)"

Songs and lyrics by Simon Neil, music by Biffy Clyro. All songs published by Good Soldier Songs.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2008) Peak
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[5] 5
Australia (ARIA)[6] 55
Ireland (IRMA)[7] 42



  • Simon Neilguitar, piano, vocals, writer
  • Ben Johnstondrums, vocals
  • James Johnstonbass, vocals, recording (of "Little Soldiers" & "Robbery")
  • Garth Richardson – producer
  • Andy Wallace – mixing
  • David Schiffman – engineering
  • Ben Kaplan – engineering
  • Mike Fraser – engineering (of "Paperfriend")
  • John O'Mahony – mix engineer
  • Howie Weinberg – mastering
  • Mark Williams – mixing (of "Little Soldiers" & "Robbery)
  • Frank Arkwright – mastering (of "Little Soldiers", "Robbery" & "Paperfriend")
  • Alex H. N. Gilbert – artist and repertoire, and additional production
  • OXEN – cover art and design


  1. ^
  2. ^ 4 Music "Biggest Selling Rock Hits Of The 21st Century" television program. September 2011.
  3. ^
  4. ^ Video on YouTube
  5. ^ "Biffy Clyro: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company.
  6. ^ " – Biffy Clyro – Mountains". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  7. ^ "Chart Track: Week 36, 2008". Irish Singles Chart.
  8. ^ Biffy Clyro – "Mountains" CD single liner notes (14FLR32CD)
  9. ^ Biffy Clyro – "Mountains" 7" single #2 (14FLR32V2)
  10. ^ Biffy Clyro – "Mountains" 7" single #1 (14FLR32V1)

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