Supernature (song)

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"Supernature"
Single by Cerrone
from the album Supernature (Cerrone III)
ReleasedDecember 1977[1]
RecordedJune–August 1977
StudioTrident Studios, London
GenreDisco
Length3:50 (single edit)
10:20 (album version)
LabelMalligator
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Cerrone
Music video
"Supernature" on YouTube

"Supernature" is the title track of Cerrone's 1977 album Supernature (Cerrone III). Along with the tracks "Give Me Love" and "Love Is Here", the song reached number one on the US disco/dance charts early in 1978.[3] The single crossed over to both the Billboard Hot 100, where it peaked at number 70, and the soul charts, where it peaked at number 72.[4] In August 1978, it peaked at number 8 in the UK Singles Chart after heavy use in the first series of The Kenny Everett Video Show.

Background[edit]

The lyrics were written by Lene Lovich, though she was not credited.[2] The song has an environmental theme, imagining a future in which the use of artificial chemicals in agriculture has caused "creatures down below" to emerge and "take their sweet revenge" against mankind.

Reception[edit]

Pitchfork named it the 187th best song of the 1970s, saying it "introduced an unprecedented strain of dystopian disco dread. Neither Kraftwerk nor Berlin-era Bowie had an immediate international dancefloor impact as profound as "Supernature". As the track grows more sinister, mutant monsters take their revenge until humanity reverts to a primitive state where it must once again earn its place."[5]

Charts[edit]

Cover versions[edit]

Popular culture[edit]

  • An instrumental edit of the song is used in Gaspar Noé's 2018 film Climax, being used for its opening choreography.[13]
  • The band Goldfrapp named their third studio album after the song.[14]
  • TK Maxx used the song in their Christmas 2022 TV advertising campaign.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Cerrone - Supernature / Sweet Drums". 45cat.com. Retrieved 17 July 2022.
  2. ^ a b Juneau, Jason (September 2001). "Innovation in New Wave: Lene Lovich". Perfect Sound Forever. Retrieved 27 January 2014.
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003. Record Research. p. 54.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g "Cerrone – Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 4 July 2013.
  5. ^ Barry Walters (22 August 2016). "The 200 Best Songs of the 1970s". Pitchfork.
  6. ^ "Top RPM Dance/Urban: Issue 5531." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 12 May 2015.
  7. ^ "InfoDisc : Tous les Titres par Artiste". InfoDisc (in French). Select "Cerrone" from the artist drop-down menu. Retrieved 6 July 2013.
  8. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Supernature". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 1 January 2014.
  9. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 6 July 2013.
  10. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 6 July 2013.
  11. ^ "Cerrone – Supernature" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved 6 July 2013.
  12. ^ Ruggieri, Melissa (26 October 2023). "Duran Duran reunites with Andy Taylor for best song in a decade on 'Danse Macabre' album". USA Today. Retrieved 28 October 2023.
  13. ^ Bramesco, Charles (1 March 2019). "Breaking Down Climax's DJ Set from Hell". Vulture.com. Retrieved 11 February 2021.
  14. ^ Wright, Jonathan (27 January 2017). "Starting XI: Goldfrapp". God Is in the TV. Retrieved 25 March 2017.