Recover (song)

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Single by The Automatic
from the album Not Accepted Anywhere
B-side "Song 6", "Jack Daniels", "Time=Money"
Released 21 November 2005(original)
18 September 2006(re-release)
Format 7", CD, CD maxi
Genre Indie rock
Post-punk revival
Length 2:57
Label B-Unique Records [1]
Polydor Records[2]
The Automatic singles chronology
Re-release chronology
"Recover" (re-release)
"Raoul" (re-release)
CD 2

"Recover" is the debut and fourth single by The Automatic, from their debut album Not Accepted Anywhere.[3] Originally released on the 21 November 2005 as a limited 7" vinyl, CD single and digital download[4] the bands record labels - B-Unique & Polydor believed it could perform better and reach a larger audience after the bands success with "Monster".[5] It was released again on 18 September 2006.[6]

Origins and recording[edit]

Originally in 2005 the track was recorded at the Elevator Studios in Liverpool, with Ian Broudie as producer,[7] this version was featured on the 21 November 2005 release, as well as on Raoul EP and the UK version of Not Accepted Anywhere. The re-recording of "Recover" took place in Monnow Valley Studio in Monmouth, with Richard Jackson as producer, both recordings were mixed by Stephen Harris. For the USA release of Not Accepted Anywhere the Ian Broudie mix was used again, but it was remastered by Leon Zervos at Sterling Sound in New York City, and re-mixed by Mark Needham.[8]

The song’s about being a waster and trying to motivate yourself into doing something better than sit in front of the television

— Rob discusses the lyrics of "Recover"[9]


The song was performed live on The Friday Night Project's third season, making them the first band to make a return performance after they performed their single "Raoul" the season before.[10][11]

For the original 2005 release artwork by Antar was used on the CD and vinyl.[12] Later in 2006 artist Dean 'D*Face' Stockton created two new separate artworks, which would be used for two CD singles and a 7" vinyl.


Music videos[edit]

Top-The original video for Recover the band playing, Bottom the third video for Recover the band in the wrestling ring

Three music videos were ultimately made for "Recover".


The original video of "Recover" was first released on 7 November 2005. The video features parts from live performances, as well as a small white room where all the band mates are singing and jumping around. The video was rarely aired, however is available on The Automatic's website, as well as YouTube. The music video was directed by Phaelon Productions[13][14]

Second version[edit]

A second video was also released which received MTV2 and other music stations play, the video features live footage, and footage from the original video.[15] This version cuts out all of the previous scenes with the large mouths instead of heads on the band members, as well as cutting out all scenes of the women who pass out in the park.

Re-release (third)[edit]

The latest version of The Automatic's video for "Recover" released on 1 September 2006 [16] and directed by Up the Resolution,[17] is based around a wrestling match, where the band are dressed as several different people each, both spectators and other various people, whilst they perform on the stage/ring. Whilst this is going on the 'fight' is also happening; however, the camera switches to and from the fight, and the band playing on the same ring.[18]

Track listing[edit]

Vinyl, 21 November 2005
No. Title Length
1. "Recover"   2:53
2. "Song6"   3:29
CD single, 21 November 2005
No. Title Length
1. "Recover"   2:53
2. "Jack Daniels"   3:10
Vinyl, 18 September 2006
No. Title Length
1. "Recover"   2:53
2. "Recover (Culprit One Remix)"   2:53
CD single 1, 18 September 2006
No. Title Length
1. "Recover"   2:53
2. "Time = Money"   3:07
CD single 2, 18 September 2006
No. Title Length
1. "Recover"   3:28
2. "That's What She Said (Live at the Electric Ballroom)"   3:13
3. "Monster Lego DIY music video"    
4. "Up the Resolution's Recover music video"    
7digital exclusive, 18 September 2006
No. Title Length
1. "Recover (Live at Leeds)"   2:58

External links[edit]


  1. ^ B-Unique The Automatic at B-unique Records
  2. ^ Polydor List of artists signed to Polydor Records
  3. ^ The Automatic to re-release rare single NME, 31 July 2006
  4. ^ The Automatic - Recover, 24 November 2005
  5. ^ New single: Recover,, 3 August 2006
  6. ^ The Automatic mount mini-tour this week NME, 20 September 2006
  7. ^ Sound of 2006: The Top 10: The Automatic BBC, Number 10, Sound of 2006, 2006, 20 July 2009
  8. ^ The Automatic Automatic, Not Accepted Anywhere, Columbia Records/B-Unique Records, 88697 06685 2
  9. ^ New single: Recover,, 3 August 2006
  10. ^ ilikemusic The Automatic tour dates and performance on The Friday Night Project - date June 2006
  11. ^ contactmusic Monster - Recover/Raoul featured on Friday Night Project - date - 30-05-06
  12. ^ antar, 2 July 2010
  13. ^ Recover Original Video For 'Recover'
  14. ^ Phaelon Productions
  15. ^ Recover Second Music Video for 'Recover'
  16. ^ Recover Video hit screens
  17. ^ Factory Films
  18. ^ Recover 2006 Music Video 'Recover'