The Current (song)

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"The Current"
The Current.jpg
Single by Blue Man Group featuring Gavin Rossdale
from the album The Complex
Released July 28, 2003
Format CD, 12"
Genre Experimental rock, industrial rock
Length 3:49
Label Lava / Atlantic
Songwriter(s) Christian Dyas, Matt Goldman, Phil Stanton, Chris Wink
Producer(s) Steve Laprise, Todd Perlmutter, Matt Goldman, Phil Stanton, Chris Wink
Blue Man Group singles chronology
N/A "The Current"
"I Feel Love"

"The Current" is a song by Blue Man Group, released as the first single from their 2003 concept album, The Complex. The song features the guest vocals of Gavin Rossdale of Bush, and was featured in the film, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines.[1]

Song meaning[edit]

The song deals with urban and occupational isolation, the two key themes from the album. The isolation theme is furthered by the setting, which takes place in the underground portion of the urban complex—the location of the phone lines, electrical wires, and Internet connections. According to the Blue Man Group themselves, "We wanted to capture the modern paradox of having access to millions of people through electric current but still being cut off from any real human contact."[2]

The song might then be assumed to be about how technology is moving the world forward whilst it moves people backwards.


Another promo CD was released, in a cardboard slide case.

Track listings[edit]

CD single[edit]

  1. "The Current" (Album Version) – 3:49
  2. "The Current" (Tee's Freeze Mix) – 7:40
  3. "The Current" (Blue Radio Mix) – 3:46

12" single[edit]

  1. The Current (Armand Van Helden Club Mix) – 8:40
  2. The Current (Armand Van Helden Dub Mix) – 7:58
  3. The Current (Tee's Freeze Mix) – 7:40
  4. The Current (Blue Radio Mix) – 3:46

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2003) Peak
UK Singles Chart[3] 93
Dutch Singles Chart[4] 96

Live performances[edit]

The song was performed at The Complex concerts, with vocals from Peter Moore. There was a special performance with Rossdale on The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn.


  1. ^ Blue Man Group :: Blue Man Video
  2. ^ "Song Bios for The Complex". Unmasked. Blue Man Group. Retrieved 2007-06-10. 
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