Rockferry (song)

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"Rockferry"
Duffy - Rockferry (single).jpg
Single by Duffy
from the album Rockferry
B-side "Oh Boy"
Released 19 November 2007 (UK)
Format 7" single
Recorded 2004
Length 4:09
Label
Writer(s) Duffy and Bernard Butler
Duffy singles chronology
"Rockferry"
(2007)
"Mercy"
(2008)

"Rockferry" is the debut single by Welsh singer Duffy, written by Duffy and Bernard Butler. It is the first track on the album Rockferry. The music video for Rockferry was filmed in Porthmadog.

Song information[edit]

"Rockferry" was available for download on 19 November 2007 and was released on 3 December 2007 on limited edition 7" vinyl, with only 500 copies. A free download of the track was originally available via a link published on 15 October 2006 in Observer Music Monthly. The cover and music video was taken in a shoot at the Ffestiniog Railway in Porthmadog, which was renamed for the occasion. The B-side "Oh Boy" was written by Richard J. Parfitt. Duffy cites "Oh Boy" as the song which meant she was discovered.[1]

The song charted at number 45 on the UK Singles Chart, as well as charting at number 35 on the Swiss Singles Chart.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

The track received widespread critical acclaim. Rolling Stone commented that she's "singing with great sincerity."[3] Allmusic called it a "grand, sweeping ballad."[4] MusicOMH.com said that she "carries the song unbelievably well, pouring drama and emotion into the lyrics, building up quite masterfully to the song's climax."[5] Spin Magazine included "Rockferry" in its list of the 20 best songs of 2008.[6] Time included it at number 9 of its Top 10 songs of 2008.[7]

Track listing[edit]

UK 7" vinyl
(175 410-6; Released: 2007)

  1. "Rockferry" [Single Version] – 4:11
  2. "Oh Boy" – 2:29

Promo CD

  1. "Rockferry" [Single Version] – 4:09

iTunes Rockferry – single

  1. "Rockferry" – 4:12
  2. "Oh Boy" – 2:32

Charts[edit]

"Rockferry" peaked at number 45 in the UK Singles Chart, whilst due to the popularity of the song, the B-side, "Oh Boy" managed to chart number 96.[8]

"Rockferry"[edit]

Chart (2008) Peak
position
UK Singles Chart[9] 45
Swiss Singles Chart[2] 35

"Oh Boy"[edit]

Chart (2008) Peak
position
UK Singles Chart[8] 96

Music video[edit]

The black and white album art and video for the title track were shot by directors Luke Seomore and Joseph Bull, on and around the Ffestiniog Railway in Porthmadog, which was renamed 'Rockferry' for the occasion.[10]

Further information[edit]

  • The front cover of "Rockferry" was taken on the Ffestiniog Railway at Porthmadog (renamed for the occasion), North Wales on the video shoot for the single.
  • The 7" single was limited to 500 copies.
  • Spin Magazine include "Rockferry" in its list of the 20 best songs of 2008.[6]
  • TIME Magazine includes it on its top 10 songs of 2008 at #9.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "YouTube". YouTube. Retrieved 1 December 2013. 
  2. ^ a b ""Rockferry" Swiss Chart & Trajectory". Hitparade.ch. Retrieved 4 April 2009. 
  3. ^ "Album Reviews and Ratings". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 1 December 2013. 
  4. ^ John Bush (3 March 2008). "Rockferry – Duffy | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 1 December 2013. 
  5. ^ "Duffy – Rockferry | Album Reviews". musicOMH. 3 March 2008. Retrieved 1 December 2013. 
  6. ^ a b [1] Archived 18 December 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ Tyrangiel, Josh (3 November 2008). "Duffy's Rockferry – The Top 10 Everything of 2008". TIME. Retrieved 1 December 2013. 
  8. ^ a b [2][dead link]
  9. ^ "Duffy – Rockferry – Music Charts". Acharts.us. Retrieved 1 December 2013. 
  10. ^ "Wales has a singing star in the making – walesonline Administrator". Wales Online. 30 November 2007. Retrieved 1 December 2013. 
  11. ^ Tyrangiel, Josh (3 November 2008). "Duffy's Rockferry – The Top 10 Everything of 2008". TIME. Retrieved 1 December 2013. 

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