The Adventure

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This article is about the Angels & Airwaves song. For other uses, see Adventure (disambiguation).
"The Adventure"
Angels & Airwaves - The Adventure cover.jpg
Single by Angels & Airwaves
from the album We Don't Need to Whisper
Released May 18, 2006
Format CD
Recorded 2005
Genre Alternative rock, space rock
Length 5:12
Label Geffen
Writer(s) Tom Delonge
Producer(s) Tom DeLonge
Angels & Airwaves singles chronology
"The Adventure"
"It Hurts"

"The Adventure" is a song by the American rock band Angels & Airwaves. It was the lead single from their debut studio album, We Don't Need to Whisper (2006), released on Geffen Records.

The song received increased attention when it aired on a Smallville trailer. After the season finale of Smallville aired, "The Adventure" climbed to #30 on Amazon.

During concerts, DeLonge has often used both "Down" and "I Miss You" by Blink-182 as part of an extended intro to the song. The track was played in the crowd warm-up session before Barack Obama's presidential election rallies in 2008.

"The Adventure" is also featured as downloadable content in the karaoke game Lips and in the music game Rock Band. It is also a playable song in the music game Band Hero.

The song was also featured on a Ford and X-Play commercial.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "The Adventure" (Album version) – 5:12
  2. "The Adventure" (Radio edit) – 4:40

Acoustic version[edit]

An acoustic version of "The Adventure" appears as a B-side on the "Everything's Magic" single.

This song was featured on MuchMusic's Big Shiny Tunes 11.

Short film[edit]

The song was officially released on February 20, 2006, as an internet-only short film. Although DeLonge had stated differently, the same version of the song that had been leaked previously after someone hacked into DeLonge's email account. It is shot on 8mm black and white, with the film having a science fiction feel to it. DeLonge stated that " kind of looks like George Lucas' THX 1138, where it's all beautiful naked women and fast cars and concrete and glass architecture." The subsequent short-film, "It Hurts", was released on April 18 and continues the story where "The Adventure" left off.

Music video[edit]

The music video for the song was directed by The Malloys. It was shot in March 2006 was released on April 5. The video was leaked onto the Internet soon after its release. "The Adventure" begins with the band boarding a spacecraft to pick up their instruments and begin playing, and then moves to DeLonge walking in a field. It ends with clips of World War II and DeLonge walking off into the distance in a meadow with the sky lit with planets. The video was nominated for Best Effects by the 2006 MTV Video Music Awards, including Best New Artist and Best Editing. It was also number one on MuchTopTens: "Top Ten Out of This World Videos" on December 14, 2006.


Chart (2006) Peak
Germany (Official German Charts)[1] 82
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[2] 15
Ireland (IRMA)[3] 47
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[4] 20
US Billboard Hot 100[5] 55
US Hot Modern Rock Tracks (Billboard)[6] 5
US Pop 100 (Billboard)[7] 51


  1. ^ " – Angels & Airwaves Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH. Retrieved January 19, 2016.
  2. ^ "Archive Chart: 2006-05-21". Scottish Singles Top 40. Retrieved March 12, 2016.
  3. ^ "Chart Track: Week 20, 2006". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved January 19, 2016.
  4. ^ "Archive Chart: 2006-05-21" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved January 19, 2016.
  5. ^ "Angels & Airwaves – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Angels & Airwaves. Retrieved January 19, 2016.
  6. ^ "Angels & Aiwaves Chart History". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved January 19, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Angels & Airwaves Chart History". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved January 19, 2016. 

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