Pumping on Your Stereo

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"Pumping on Your Stereo"
Supergrass Pumping on your Stereo.jpg
Single by Supergrass
from the album Supergrass
B-side "You'll Never Walk Again"
Released 24 May 1999 (UK)
Format CD, 7" vinyl, TC
Recorded Ridgefarm Studios,
Sawmills Studio
Genre Britpop
Length 03:21
Label Parlophone
Writer(s) Supergrass & Rob Coombes
Producer(s) Supergrass
John Cornfield
Supergrass singles chronology
"Late in the Day"
"Pumping on Your Stereo"

"Pumping on Your Stereo" is a song by Supergrass, released as their first single from their self-titled third album, Supergrass (1999). The single reached No. 11 in the UK Singles Chart.[1][2] In October 2011, NME placed it at number 124 on its list "150 Best Tracks of the Past 15 Years".[3]

Mick Quinn said in regard to the recording of the song; "There were certain instances where Danny didn't hit the snare [drum] loud enough so we all had to clap over the snare. In the end it sounds like [David] Bowie."[4]

Danny Goffey: "It came about when we were just in our rehearsal studio and we all started singing it over three chords. It's quite easy to play. The easier the song is to play, the better we play it. It just happened really quickly. It was one of those songs that just comes together in 10 minutes."[5]

Though the title of the song is "Pumping on Your Stereo," the band thought it funny to actually sing the word "humping" in place of "pumping," and this is how it is thus heard on the recording. In live performances, the band has sung "pumping" instead.

Supergrass can be heard applauding themselves and whooping at the end of the recording, at the very end of this drummer Danny Goffey says, "Can we go home now?"

The song features in the movie Road Trip. It was also featured in Formula One's video for the 2009 Italian Grand Prix. In 2011, the song featured on a TV advert for the Toyota Yaris.

Track listing[edit]

CD1 CDRS6518

  1. "Pumping on Your Stereo" (3:21)
  2. "You'll Never Walk Again" (2:16)
  3. "Sick" (3:40)

CD2 CDR6518

  1. "Pumping on Your Stereo" (3:21)
  2. "What a Shame" (2:44)
  3. "Lucky (No Fear)" (3:13)

LTD. ED. Green 7" R6518 / TC TCR6518

  1. "Pumping on Your Stereo" (3:21)
  2. "You'll Never Walk Again" (2:16)

"That [You'll Never Walk Again] was just a demo we did on our eight-track," says Danny. "It's just the three of us around the mic. It's about the riots at France '98, the World Cup. It's just a really stupid song. It just happened. Probably either Gaz or Micky started singing it and we all joined in. Then we overdubbed some stupid cowbells on it."[5]

Music video[edit]

The video, directed by Hammer & Tongs, shows the band with their heads on Muppet-like puppet bodies, playing equally muppet-like instruments in a black room. Floating pink feather boas, Moai heads and fireworks are also seen through the duration of the video. The band members remove their heads from their bodies in the video, and as the song finishes Danny Goffey's head can be seen being knocked off of his shoulders and flying across the stage until it hits a speaker and falls. At the very end, he moans "Can we go home now?" in sync with the song.

Mick Quinn described how the video came about; "It's pretty straightforward really. We couldn't use our regular directors [Dom and Nic] because they were too busy doing another video. We looked around for some other directors, and we came up with Gus Jennings, who had worked with other people like Bentley Rhythm Aces. The puppets was his idea. It looked like the most interesting thing to do."[4]

Single artwork[edit]

The single artwork is a photograph of the internal workings of a stereo, in fitting with the song's title. The 2nd CD of the CD release has the same cover design as the other formats, apart from the colours which have been altered to produce a more pinkish hue.


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