Sometime Around Midnight

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"Sometime Around Midnight"
Single by The Airborne Toxic Event
from the album The Airborne Toxic Event
B-side "Innocence" (Live) /
"Sometime Around Midnight" (Acoustic)
Released February 2, 2009 (2009-02-02)
Format Digital download, CD
Genre Indie rock
Length 5:03 (Album Version)
4:30 (Radio Edit)
Label Island
Writer(s) Mikel Jollett
Producer(s) Pete Min
The Airborne Toxic Event singles chronology
"Sometime Around Midnight"
"Happiness Is Overrated"

"Sometime Around Midnight" is a song by The Airborne Toxic Event from their self-titled debut album, and was released as a UK single on February 2, 2009.[1]

The song is autobiographical, about the night that lead singer Mikel Jollett met a former girlfriend while out at a bar, during which he discovered that he still loved her. The entire band was present during this event.[2] The lyrics to the song were written in isolation by Jollett over the course of the next three days.[3][4]

The song has two music videos, the first of which was released in August 2008, and was directed by Jason Wishnow.[5] This video is a literal re-telling of the song's events. The second video was released on April 30, 2009, and was directed by D.J. Caruso.[6] The newer video is a more abstract, surreal depiction of Jollett writing the song. Actress Anita Briem stars as the love interest in the video.

"Sometime Around Midnight" was iTunes' #1 alternative song of 2008.[7] An acoustic version of this song was chosen as the Starbucks Pick of the Week for May 6.[8]

The song was the Airborne Toxic Event's breakthrough single, peaking at #4 on the Billboard Hot Alternative Songs chart and #33 on the UK Singles Chart.


Country Certifications
United States Gold[9]