Pardon Me

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"Pardon Me"
Single by Incubus
from the album Make Yourself
Released February 22, 2000
Format Compact Disc
Recorded May - June 1999 in Los Angeles, California
Length 3:44
Label Epic, Immortal
Songwriter(s) Boyd, Einziger, Katunich, Kilmore, and Pasillas.
Producer(s) Scott Litt
Incubus singles chronology
"New Skin"
"Pardon Me"

"New Skin"
"Pardon Me"

"Pardon Me" is a song by American rock band Incubus, the song is released as the first single from their third album Make Yourself. It was the first Incubus song to receive a considerable amount of radio airplay, reaching number three on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart and number seven on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Pardon Me" was directed by Steven Murashige and also gained considerable airplay. The video begins with Boyd and his father, at opposite ends of a hallway. As the two approach each other, Brandon's father begins to regress in age and appearance, while the younger clone begins to grow more elderly, becoming more and more alike as they advance toward each other. When they meet, they pass through each other and continue on in opposite directions. Footage of the band members in white outfits (except for Boyd, who is shirtless) in a red-colored box are also shown, as is footage of the band members in red outfits being surrounded by businessmen and businesswomen.

Structure and style[edit]

The song describes a state of confusion, with allusions to spontaneous combustion. Lead singer Brandon Boyd says he was inspired to write the song after making a connection between images of spontaneous combustion in a magazine and "some turmoil in [his] life, both good and bad", namely coming back from a tour to find out that his girlfriend of 7 years had been cheating on him, and that both his grandmother and a close friend of his had died. After seeing a picture in a magazine of a man who had spontaneously combusted, he related the man's problems to his own and was inspired to write the lyric "Pardon me while I burst into flames" on his hand at that spot.

Musically, the song combines fast-paced, ambient verses with prominent turntable scratching, in place of a guitar solo, by DJ Kilmore and a hard-rocking mid-tempo chorus. However, the acoustic version of the song is also well regarded by fans, and helped the song become a radio hit. Initial radio reception was lukewarm, so Boyd and guitarist Mike Einziger decided to perform the song acoustically at several radio stations that had been playing the song, including KROQ-FM, and this acoustic version grabbed the attention of radio programmers and listeners. An acoustic version of the song was released on the When Incubus Attacks Volume 1 EP.

Track listing[edit]

US single
  1. "Pardon Me" (Album Version)
  2. "Crowded Elevator"
  3. "Pardon Me" (Acoustic)
  4. "Drive" (Acoustic)
US promotional single
  1. "Pardon Me" (Acoustic)
UK single
  1. "Pardon Me" (Album Version)
  2. "I Miss You" (Acoustic)
  3. "Crowded Elevator"

In popular culture[edit]

"Pardon Me" were released as downloadable content for Rock Band 3. The song was played during the credits of an episode from the fourth season of Daria. The song was also featured in the film Little Nicky starring Adam Sandler.[2]




  1. ^ Shumka, Dave. "10 nu metal songs that still hold up on CBC music". CBC Music.  (February 14th, 2013)
  2. ^ "Little Nicky (2000)". IMDb. 22 Feb 2017. 

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