The Box (Orbital song)
|Single by Orbital|
|from the album In Sides|
|Released||15 April 1996|
|Length||4:13 (Radio Edit)|
|Orbital singles chronology|
"The Box" was released in two main versions, each divided into parts. The album version released on In Sides is in two parts, a slow ambient "part 1" and an upbeat "part 2". The longer single version is in four parts, of which the first has a similar arrangement to "part 2" of the album version. On the CD single (but not the 12" vinyl), the first three parts are segued/mixed together, though indexed separately.
The last part on the single contains a vocal version of "The Box", with additional vocals by Grant Fulton and Alison Goldfrapp. The lyrics were written by Fulton. Fulton has previously contributed lyrics and vocals to the earlier Orbital single "Belfast"/"Wasted", and he is one half of the design duo Fultano Mauder regularly responsible for artwork on Orbital releases.
The promotional video, starring actress Tilda Swinton, won a silver sphere for the best short film at the San Francisco Film Festival and was nominated for the best video award at the 1997 Brit Awards. It was also shown in the Mirrorball strand of the Edinburgh International Film Festival and in the London Calling section of the London International Film Festival. In a 2002 sleeve note, Orbital called the video "by common consent, the best video we've ever done".
- Roberts, David (Ed.) (2004). British Hit Singles & Albums (17th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. ISBN 0-85112-199-3.
- Orbital Promo Shoot - The Box, Making of.
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