Strange Days (Matthew Good Band song)

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"Strange Days"
Strange Days.jpg
Single by Matthew Good Band
from the album Beautiful Midnight
Released March 2000
Recorded February - April 1999
Genre Alternative rock
Length 4:25
Label Universal Music Canada (Canada)
Atlantic Records (US)
Songwriter(s) Matthew Good, Dave Genn
Producer(s) Warne Livesey
Matthew Good Band singles chronology
"Load Me Up"
(1999)
"Strange Days"
(2000)
"The Future Is X-Rated"
(2000)
"Load Me Up"
(1999)
"Strange Days"
(2000)
"The Future Is X-Rated"
(2000)
Music video
"Strange Days" on YouTube

"Strange Days" is the third single from Canadian group Matthew Good Band's third studio album, Beautiful Midnight. The song peaked at #6 on Canada's Rock chart,[1] and is still one the band's most popular songs.

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Strange Days" depicts a young homeless girl begging for change outside an office building, and being turned down by a woman passerby. Interspersed are "strange" happenings (such as the street turning to dusk) and a flashback sequence showing the girl running away from an abusive father. Throughout, a disheveled and unshaven Matthew Good is depicted interacting with the video's characters, though his presence goes unnoticed. At the climax of the song the woman leaves the building, once again dismissing the girl's and a still unnoticed Good's request for change. The young runaway watches as the woman steps off the curb into the path of an oncoming van. The runaway springs up to save the woman, sacrificing herself in the process. Fading in, the girl's ghost is shown watching paramedics as they close a body bag over her. She finally acknowledges Good, who is now clean shaven and wearing an all black suit, revealing his role as an angel of death. The final blurred shot depicts a little girl skipping down a tunnel toward a bright light.

The video reached #1 on the MuchMusic Countdown for two straight weeks between August 25 and September 1, 2000.[2]

Awards and Nominations[edit]

The video was nominated for Best Video, Best Director and Best Cinematography at the 2000 Much Music Video Awards, failing to win any.

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