Stoned in Love

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"Stoned in Love"
Chicane-Stoned in Love.jpg
Single by Chicane featuring Tom Jones
from the album Somersault
B-side "Music for Elevators"
Released 17 April 2006 (UK)
11 July 2006 (Canada)
11 September 2006 (Australia)
Format CD, 12" (UK)
Digital download (Canada)
Recorded Modena 2, Mothership Studios UK.[1]
Shangri-La Studios, Malibu (vocals)[2]
Genre Balearic house[3]
Length 3:41 (radio edit)
Label Globe
Writer(s) Nick Bracegirdle, Ray Hedges, Tom Jones, John Pickering, Nigel Butler[1]
Producer(s) Bracegirdle, Steve Osborne, Hedges[1]
Chicane chronology
"Don't Give Up 2004"
"Stoned in Love"
"Come Tomorrow"
Tom Jones chronology
"Hold On I'm Coming"
"Stoned in Love"
"(Barry) Islands in the Stream"

"Stoned in Love" is a dance track by Chicane (Nick Bracegirdle), with vocals performed by famed pop singer Tom Jones. It was released as a single on 17 April 2006.[4]

The song followed a number of genre crossover recordings for both musicians, Bracegirdle having recorded previous hits with Celtic folk singer Máire Brennan and rock singer Bryan Adams, and Jones having recorded the house music hit "Sex Bomb" with producer/DJ Mousse T.

It was included on Chicane's third studio album, Somersault in 2007, as well as Tom Jones' 2006 compilation "Greatest Hits: The Platinum Edition".


Having written the song, Bracegirdle was looking for a singer able to reach a high pitch in vocal range, without having to resort to falsetto. According to Bracegirdle, his initial candidates were Jones, James Dean Bradfield and Kelly Jones — all Welshmen.[5] Jones has stated that he had never heard of Chicane before being approached with the song, but soon took a liking to the material: "It's a very well written song with good lyrics. It's a proper song structurally and not just a moody record."[2]

The single was first announced in March 2006 in a press release on the official Chicane website,[6] following three years of minimal recording activity and little publicity from Bracegirdle. Soon after, audio and video samples were hosted on the official Chicane and Tom Jones websites.[7][8]

The single received play from various DJs on BBC Radio 1, including noted DJ Pete Tong on 24 February and 10 March,[9][10] and Dave Pearce on 2 April.[11]

Jones' knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II took place during this period of time, on 29 March 2006.

Two concerts were announced with the release of the single: the Manchester Academy on 22 April, and the Islington academy on 24 April.[7] At the 22 April concert, a number of new songs from the upcoming album were played to the public for the first time, including the next single, "Come Tomorrow".[12]

Jones has performed the song live with Chicane on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross on 21 April,[13] on 24 April at the Islington Academy and The Paul O'Grady Show, and on 30 April on Top of the Pops.[14]

Vocal performance[edit]

Jones's singing in the song is noted for being "lighter" and quieter than usual during the verses, to the extent that listeners don't always recognize his voice at first listen. During the choruses, however, he switches to his traditional, high-register vocal style.[15]

While on Top of the Pops, Jones's performance of the song was mandated by his record label, requiring a second performance to be recorded in order to get the song "right".[16]

Single release[edit]

"Stoned in Love" entered the UK Singles Chart at #42 on the week starting 29 April 2006, simultaneous to its release date (prior to this, only digital downloads were available). The next week, the song rose all the way to #8 and on its third week, it climbed to #7. The single received remixes by Vertigo and The Young Punx.

On 11 July 2006, "Stoned in Love" was released in Canada as a digital download single on the Universal Music Canada imprint label GLOW Digital. Billed as "Canada’s first digital dance/pop label", GLOW was launched with "Stoned in Love" as its first release.[17]

Music video[edit]

The music video, directed by Phil Griffin, was made available on the Top of the Pops website as of the 16 April 2006 show.[18]

The video tells a caper story, showing a woman (played by Jane Le) and a man driving through a desert and robbing gas stations, and two police officers in pursuit of them. The man is dubbed the "Tom Jones Bandit" on a wanted poster because he is always seen wearing a rubber Tom Jones mask. Filming took place in the United States.[15]

The video ends with the man being arrested and unmasked, revealing the real Tom Jones underneath.[15]

Track listing[edit]

UK enhanced CD single[edit]

  1. "Stoned in Love" (Radio Edit) 3:41
  2. "Stoned in Love" (Commercial 12" Mix) 5:01
  3. "Stoned in Love" (Vertigo Vocal Mix) 9:04
  4. "Stoned in Love" (The Young Punx Vocal Remix) 7:51
  5. "Stoned in Love" (Video)

Audio sample[edit]


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  2. ^ a b Dingwall, John (31 March 2006). "Exclusive: The Queen and I Go Back a Long Way". Daily Record (Scotland). Retrieved 2006-04-19. 
  3. ^ "Chicane feat. Tom Jones - Stoned In Love (CD) at Discogs". 2006-04-24. Retrieved 2014-03-25. 
  4. ^ ""Stoned In Love" Strong On the Charts & Asks Your Help Keeping It So". Tom Jones International. 7 May 2006. Retrieved 2006-05-11. 
  5. ^ "Chicane Interview". Ministry of Sound. 18 April 2006. Retrieved 2006-04-30. 
  6. ^ "Chicane returns to the uk music scene with a music legend" (PDF) (Press release). The Incubator. March 2006. 
  7. ^ a b "". Retrieved 2006-04-19. 
  8. ^ "". Retrieved 2006-04-19. 
  9. ^ "BBC Radio-1 - Pete Tong - Tracklisting, 24 February 2006". BBC Radio 1. Retrieved 2006-03-29. 
  10. ^ "BBC Radio-1 - Pete Tong - Tracklisting, 10 March 2006". BBC Radio 1. Retrieved 2006-03-29. 
  11. ^ "BBC Radio-1 - Dance Anthems - Tracklisting, 2 April 2006". BBC Radio 1. Retrieved 2006-04-19. 
  12. ^ Edwards, Mark (23 April 2006). "Pictures". Retrieved 2006-04-24. 
  13. ^ "Friday Night with Jonathan Ross: Graham Norton, Dita von Teese, Sir Tom Jones, Chicane". Retrieved 2006-04-19. 
  14. ^ "UK TV Appearances!". Archived from the original on 7 May 2006. Retrieved 2006-05-11. 
  15. ^ a b c Price, Karen (20 April 2006). "Sir Tom dabbles in dance music". The Western Mail. Retrieved 2006-04-20. 
  16. ^ "Just another day on Top of the Pops". Worksop Today. 28 April 2006. Retrieved 2006-05-11. [dead link]
  17. ^ "Universal Music Canada launches new digital dance/pop label - GLOW Digital" (PDF) (Press release). Universal Music Canada. 26 July 2006. 
  18. ^ "BBC - Top of the Pops - Homepage". BBC. Retrieved 2006-04-19. 

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