Signs (Bloc Party song)

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"Signs (Armand Van Helden Remix)"
Single by Bloc Party
from the album Intimacy Remixed
Released 27 April 2009
Format Digital download, 12"
Recorded 2008
Genre Alternative dance, electro house, dream pop
Length 5:48
Label Wichita
Songwriter(s) Russell Lissack, Kele Okereke
Producer(s) Jacknife Lee & Armand Van Helden
Bloc Party singles chronology
"One Month Off"
"Signs (Armand Van Helden Remix)"
"One More Chance"

"One Month Off"
"Signs" (Armand Van Helden Remix)
"One More Chance"
Intimacy Remixed track listing
  1. "Ares (Villains Remix)"
  2. "Mercury (Hervé Is in Disarray Remix)"
  3. "Halo (We Have Band Dub)"
  4. "Biko (Mogwai Remix)"
  5. "Trojan Horse (John B Remix)"
  6. "Signs (Armand Van Helden Remix)"
  7. "One Month Off (Filthy Dukes Remix)"
  8. "Zephyrus (Phase One Remix)"
  9. "Talons (Phones R.I.P Remix)"
  10. "Better Than Heaven (No Age Remix)"
  11. "Ion Square (Banjo or Freakout Remix)"
  12. "Letter to My Son (Gold Panda Remix)"
  13. "Your Visits Are Getting Shorter (Optothetic Remix)"

"Signs" is the first single from Intimacy Remixed, the remix album to Bloc Party's third album Intimacy.[1] The song's remix by Armand Van Helden was released on 27 April 2009 in the United Kingdom only on digital download and 12" vinyl.[2] It is the first single to be released from a Bloc Party remix album as no songs were released from the previous effort Silent Alarm Remixed.

Musical style[edit]

Paul Cook of stated that the remixed version of "Signs" does "away with the xylophone intro and delicate layering of vocals and instrumentals" of the original version by "wedging in a thick, house bassline.[3] Cook also commented that this change "hasn't done this track any favours" and that the song "is far from inventive or experimental in its production".[3] Simon Taylor of offered a differing opinion, stating that "Helden rips up the dancefloor with his rework - all grinding synths, bouncy basslines and booming beats" to create a remix that "will appeal to clubbers and indie fans in equal measure", evoking the success of one Bloc Party's earlier singles, "Banquet".[4]

Music video[edit]

The music video features "maligned individuals with volume knobs for eyes, equalizer LEDs for spines, and cable input/outputs for faces" as well as a "barrage of seemingly random and disturbing images [including] a talking vagina".[5] Filter described the video as "what a sexually repressed sound engineer's nightmare might look like", concluding that "all that being said, the rifle-quick imagery is suiting for the pace and rhythm of the song, emphasized by house music maestro Armand Van Helden who remixes the track".[5]

The video was directed by Hiro Murai, and David Knight of commented that his "inventive graftings of bodies and machines" seem to be "somewhat influenced by the Aphex-Cunningham school of body-horror".[6] Knight ultimately described the video as "stunning", with similar positive comments from Peter Gaston of Spin who stated that it was "completely gripping".[6][7] In addition, Gaston claimed that the video "ranks up there with dance music's best videos, like Aphex Twin's "Come to Daddy"".[7]

Track listing[edit]

Digital download

  1. "Signs" (Armand Van Helden Remix) – 5:48

12" vinyl

  1. "Signs" (Armand Van Helden Remix) – 5:48
  2. "Signs" (Armand Van Helden Remix Instrumental) – 5:33
  3. "Signs" (Pantha Du Prince Remix) - 8:45

Promo CD

  1. "Signs" (Armand Van Helden Remix Edit) – 3:18
  2. "Signs" (John King Remix) - 4:01
  3. "Signs" (Intimacy version) – 4:39


Charts (2008) Peak
UK Singles Chart 115

In popular culture[edit]

  • The song was featured in the 13th episode of the 2nd season of Gossip Girl ("Oh Brother, Where Bart Thou?") that aired on December 8, 2008. "Biko" from the same album was used in the same episode.[8]
  • The song was also featured in the end of "Chuck vs. the Lethal Weapon", the 16th episode of the second season of Chuck.


  1. ^ Singh, Amrit (16 March 2009). "New Bloc Party - "Signs (Armand Van Helden Remix)"". Stereogum. Retrieved 2 May 2009. 
  2. ^ "Bloc Party: Signs (Armand Van Helden remix) UK Release". Prefix. Retrieved 2 May 2009. 
  3. ^ a b Cook, Paul (28 April 2009). "Bloc Party - Signs (Armand Van Helden remix)". Retrieved 2 May 2009. 
  4. ^ Taylor, Simon (23 April 2009). "Bloc Party - Signs (Armand Van Helden Remix)". Retrieved 2 May 2009. 
  5. ^ a b "Bloc Party, Signs (Armand Van Helden remix) Video". Filter. 16 March 2009. Retrieved 2 May 2009. 
  6. ^ a b Knight, David (18 March 2009). "Bloc Party's Signs (Armand Van Helden remix) by Hiro Murai". Retrieved 2 May 2009. 
  7. ^ a b Gaston, Peter (16 March 2009). "Bloc Party's New Video: Is That a... Woman?". Spin. Retrieved 2 May 2009. 
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