Protection (Massive Attack song)

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Massive Attack with Tracey Thorn - Protection.jpg
Single by Massive Attack with Tracey Thorn
from the album Protection
Released 9 January 1995
Format CD, 12"
Recorded 1994
Genre Trip hop
Length 7:51 (album version)
4:53 (single edit)
Label Virgin Records
Songwriter(s) Robert Del Naja, Grant Marshall, Andrew Vowles, Tracey Thorn
Producer(s) Massive Attack and Nellee Hooper
Massive Attack singles chronology

"Protection" is a collaboration between Massive Attack and Everything But the Girl singer Tracey Thorn, that appeared on Massive Attack's second album Protection on CD and 12" in 1994 as a second single. It reached number 14 on the UK Singles Chart, staying there for four weeks. The song was also included on Everything But the Girl's compilations The Best of and Like the Deserts Miss the Rain.

The song contains samples taken from "The Payback" by James Brown,[1] namely the hi-hat/bass figure that drives the beat and the recurrent wah-wah guitar chord.

Michel Gondry directed the music video for the song.

Track listings[edit]

UK CD single #1
  1. "Protection" (7" edit)
  2. "Protection" (The Eno Mix)
  3. "Protection" (Radiation for the Nation Mix)
  4. "Protection" (J Sw!ft Mix)
UK CD single #2
  1. "Protection"
  2. "Protection" (Underdog's Angel Dust Mix)
  3. "Three" (Dom T's House of Fortune Mix)
UK 12" single
  1. "Protection" (Underdog's Angel Dust Mix)
  2. "Protection" (Radiation for the Nation Mix)
  3. "Protection" (The Eno Mix)
  4. "Protection" (J Sw!ft Mix)
  5. "Protection" (album version)
UK 2×12" single
  1. "Protection" (The Eno Mix)
  2. "Protection" (The Eno Instrumental)
  3. "Protection" (Underdog's Angel Dust Mix)
  4. "Protection" (Angel Dust Instrumental)
  5. "Three" (Dom T's House of Fortune Mix)
  6. "Protection" (Radiation for the Nation Mix)
  7. "Protection" (album version)
  8. "Protection" (J Sw!ft Mix)
US CD single
  1. "Protection" (album version) – 7:51
  2. "Protection" (single edit) – 4:53
  3. "Protection" (The Eno Mix) – 9:10
  4. "Protection" (J Sw!ft Mix) – 7:12
  5. "Three" (Dom T's House of Fortune Mix) – 7:16


Chart (1995) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[2][3] 91
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[4] 27
UK Singles Chart (Official Charts Company)[5] 14


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  2. ^ "The ARIA Australian Top 100 Singles Chart – Week Ending 19 Mar 1995". (original document published by ARIA). Retrieved 9 February 2017. 
  3. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing. 
  4. ^ "Massive Attack feat. Tracey Thorn – Protection". Hung Medien. Retrieved 5 August 2013. 
  5. ^ "Official Charts > Massive Attack". The Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved 9 February 2017. 

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