Sleepless (King Crimson song)

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Single by King Crimson
from the album Three of a Perfect Pair
B-side Nuages (That Which Passes, Passes Like Clouds)
Released 1984
Length 5:24
Label Warner Bros.
Producer(s) King Crimson
King Crimson singles chronology
"Three of a Perfect Pair"

Sleepless is a song by the band King Crimson, released as a single in 1984. It is best known for its distinctive opening bassline which features Tony Levin slapping on the strings to create its pulsating beat. It came from Levin's habit of tapping the strings in rehearsal and as well as at soundchecks. The 2001 re-release features several different versions of the song.

The opening bassline has been used as the show theme for Australia's RAGE program, since 1987.[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

Tracks written by Adrian Belew, Bill Bruford, Robert Fripp, and Tony Levin.

7" version[edit]

  1. "Sleepless" (Album Mix) – 5:24
  2. "Nuages (That Which Passes, Passes Like Clouds)" – 4:47

UK 12" version[edit]

  1. "Sleepless" (Dance Mix: François Kevorkian) – 6:17
  2. "Sleepless" (Instrumental (Tony Levin) Mix) – 7:26
  3. "Sleepless" (Bob Clearmountain Mix) – 5:24

U.S. 12" version[edit]

  1. "Sleepless" (Dance Mix: François Kevorkian) – 6:17
  2. "Sleepless" (Instrumental (Tony Levin) Mix – 7:26