Shinobi vs. Dragon Ninja

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"Shinobi vs. Dragon Ninja"
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Single by Lostprophets
from the album The Fake Sound of Progress
Released 26 November 2001
Format CD, vinyl
Genre Nu metal
Length 2:47
Label Visible Noise, Columbia Records
Songwriter(s) Mike Chiplin, Lee Gaze, Mike Lewis, Jamie Oliver, Stuart Richardson, Ian Watkins
Producer(s) Dan Sprigg
Lostprophets singles chronology
"Shinobi vs. Dragon Ninja"
"The Fake Sound of Progress"
"Shinobi vs. Dragon Ninja"
"The Fake Sound of Progress"

"Shinobi vs. Dragon Ninja" is a song by Welsh rock band Lostprophets. Written by frontman Ian Watkins, the song was released in 2001 as the first single from the band's debut studio album, The Fake Sound of Progress. It was the only charting single on the Billboard charts from the album, and was still on the band's tour setlist when they broke up in 2013.[1]

Writing and production[edit]

The band wrote the song in under an hour. According to frontman Ian Watkins, it is a song about nostalgia for when the band were growing up together in their home town of Pontypridd, South Wales, and was originally inspired by the Shinobi arcade game they used to play at the Park View Café in Pontypridd. The song's name is derived from the video games Shinobi and Bad Dudes vs. DragonNinja.

Release and reception[edit]

"Shinobi vs. Dragon Ninja" was released in the summer of 2001 and became the most successful song from The Fake Sound of Progress on the American rock charts. It appeared on Billboard magazine's Modern Rock Tracks chart at 33. In the United Kingdom the album peaked at 41 on the UK Singles Chart in 2001 and stayed on the charts for two weeks. After the release of the follow-up single "The Fake Sound of Progress" in 2002 "Shinobi vs. Dragon Ninja" re-charted and peaked at 161.[2][3] The song was featured on the soundtrack of ATV Offroad Fury 2.

Music video[edit]

The video for this single is one of few Lostprophets videos actually filmed in the UK. It features the band performing to a crowd of people on the roof of a disused multi-storey car park in Edmonton, North London. The video received significant airplay on MTV2. The music video was directed by Mike Piscitelli, who would direct the music video for "The Fake Sound of Progress," the follow-up single to "Shinobi vs. Dragon Ninja."[4] The shooting for the music video started on 5 October on a Friday at an undisclosed location.[5] Any fan that wanted to participate in the music video could simply email their name, age, gender and contact number to the band.[5] Once the email was received, the band chose who they wanted to include in the music video.[5] And alternate version of the music video exists in a completely different setting, this version just shows the band performing in a live setting. This version was also shot in black and white.[6]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Shinobi vs. Dragon Ninja" 2:47
2. "Directions" 4:59
3. "The Lesson Part 1" 3:12
No. Title Length
1. "Shinobi vs. Dragon Ninja" 2:47
2. "Still Laughing" (live) 4:19
3. "Miles Away from Nowhere" 4:33
No. Title Length
1. "Shinobi vs. Dragon Ninja" 2:47
2. "Miles Away from Nowhere" 4:33


Chart positions[edit]

Year Chart Position
2001 US Billboard Modern Rock Tracks[3] 33
UK Singles Chart[2] 41
2002 UK Singles Chart[2] 161


  1. ^ "Feel My Pain!". NME. 10 February 2004. Retrieved 2009-02-19. 
  2. ^ a b c "Chart Log UK 1994–2006 DJ Steve L. – LZ Love". Zobbel. Retrieved 2009-02-18. 
  3. ^ a b "Hot Modern Rock Tracks Shinobi vs. Dragon Ninja". Billboard. Archived from the original on 31 December 2014. Retrieved 2009-02-18. 
  4. ^ Dan Hammer (3 January 2002). "Lostprophets: Making More Fucking Videos!". Metal Hammer. Retrieved 2009-02-18. 
  5. ^ a b c "Prophet From Your Favourite Band's Needs!". NME. 1 October 2001. Retrieved 2009-02-18. 
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