Somewhere Out There (Our Lady Peace song)

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"Somewhere Out There"
SOT(2002).jpg
Single by Our Lady Peace
from the album Gravity
Released April 5, 2002 (2002-04-05)
Format
Recorded January 2002 at Plantation Studios - Maui, Hawaii
Genre
Length 4:11
Label Columbia
Songwriter(s) Maida/Taggart/Coutts/Edwards/Turner
Producer(s) Bob Rock
Our Lady Peace singles chronology
"Right Behind You (Mafia)"
(2001)
"Somewhere Out There"
(2002)
"Innocent"
(2002)
"Right Behind You (Mafia)"
(2001)
"Somewhere Out There"
(2002)
"Innocent"
(2002)

"Somewhere Out There" is a song by Canadian alternative rock group Our Lady Peace. It was released in April 2002 as the lead single from their fifth studio album, Gravity. It was the most successful single from the album, and is also their most internationally successful single.

Song information[edit]

The correct title of the song is indeed "Somewhere Out There", however the specific chorus lyrics "defying gravity" and the fact that the album is titled Gravity, led some to believe that the title of the song was "Gravity". The song is mislabeled as such in some search engines, lyric websites, and P2P file-sharing programs.

The song is one of Our Lady Peace's most successful singles to date, having been very popular both in Canada and the United States. Many critics praised the single, but some also criticized it for being "too mainstream", saying that the artistic uniqueness that Our Lady Peace possessed in former albums was absent here.

In one of Our Lady Peace's most recent albums, A Decade, which includes many of Our Lady Peace's greatest hits, "Somewhere Out There" is featured. The song is also featured on Now That's What I Call Music! 11.

Background and writing[edit]

"Somewhere Out There" was culled from two sets of lyrics written by Raine Maida during Christmas, 2001. "Bob called me in Toronto the night before Christmas and asked if I had any other song ideas that we should consider before we headed back to Hawaii to finish the album in January," he explained. "The phone call propelled me to write seven new songs during the ten days we had off at Christmas. When we got back to Maui, he combined a verse from one song and a chorus from another and 'Somewhere Out There" was born.[1]

Singles[edit]

Four versions of the single were released. In the United States and Canada (SAMPCS11757), a one-track promotional CD was sent to radio stations only. In Europe and Australia, where the single was commercially released on September 9, 2002 (Columbia 672965 2), three live bonus tracks, "Starseed", "Whatever", and "4 AM" were included. They were recorded in June 2001 in Syracuse, New York during the Spiritual Machines tour.[2] "4 AM" is sung entirely by the audience. The single was released in Europe on September 16, 2002 with "Whatever" omitted. The fourth version, released in 2003 as part of the promotion for Live, contains the live version of "Bring Back the Sun" from that album (Columbia 79943).

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Eric Heimbold.[3][4] It was filmed in Montreal.[5] It shows the band performing for fans on a rounded stage lit up in a very dark studio. Most of the video focuses on a woman who climbs to the top of a speaker tower and then throws herself off, being caught by the crowd. The video was officially released on May 22, 2002. This is also Steve Mazur's first appearance in the band since former lead guitarist Mike Turner left to form Fair Ground.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2002) Peak
position
Canadian Singles Chart 1
US Billboard Hot 100 44
US Billboard Radio Songs 40
US Billboard Modern Rock Tracks 7
US Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks 26
US Billboard Adult Top 40 12
US Billboard Top 40 Tracks 23
US Billboard Pop Songs 19
US Billboard Top 40 Adult Recurrents 10

References[edit]

  1. ^ Anon. "Our Lady Peace - Gravity" - musicremedy 2002. Retrieved November 15, 2009
  2. ^ Somewhere Out There (Import) (CD single). Our Lady Peace. Columbia Records. 2002. 672965. 
  3. ^ Columbia Records (June 26, 2002). "New Our Lady Peace Album, Gravity, Debuts on U.S. Top 10" (Press release). PR Newswire. Retrieved July 27, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Our Lady Peace Hit the Road in Support of New Album". NY Rock. May 20, 2002. Archived from the original on July 7, 2003. Retrieved July 27, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Timeline" - "OurLadyPeace.net" retrieved from the Internet Archive - 2002. Retrieved November 29, 2009

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