There Goes the Fear

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"There Goes the Fear"
Doves There Goes the Fear.jpg
Single by Doves
from the album The Last Broadcast
Released15 April 2002 (2002-04-15)
FormatCD, 10" vinyl
GenreIndie rock
Length4:50 (radio edit)
6:54 (album version)
LabelHeavenly Records
Songwriter(s)Jez Williams, Jimi Goodwin, Andy Williams
Doves singles chronology
"The Man Who Told Everything"
"There Goes the Fear"
Music video
"There Goes the Fear" on YouTube

"There Goes the Fear" was the first single from Doves' second studio album The Last Broadcast. The single was released on 15 April 2002 in the UK on CD and 10" vinyl, and charted at number 3 on the UK Singles Chart. Both formats were released and deleted on the same day. A single was also released for the song in the Netherlands and in Australia, featuring two live B-sides. The music video for "There Goes the Fear," which was constructed entirely out of existing footage[1] and won a D&AD award in 2003 for Outstanding Direction,[2] was directed by Julian House and Julian Gibbs. The video was also included on the UK CD single release.

When asked in a 2010 interview with Under the Radar as to why the single was released and deleted on the same day, Jez Williams stated, "It was to do something different from the norm. Just wanted to try something different really. I can't remember exactly whose idea it was. It might have been the manager's, but we were kind of into it. A kind of statement, in a way. We liked the fact that you could only get a hold of a certain amount of this or a certain amount of that. Especially in this day and age of readily available bits of music, it's kind of nice: a physical copy that's precious to you because you managed to get to the shop that day and actually own that."[3]

The B-side "Hit the Ground Running" is an adaptation of "Werewolves of London," written by Warren Zevon, Leroy Marinell, and Robert "Waddy" Wachtel.

In October 2011, NME placed it at number 137 on its list "150 Best Tracks of the Past 15 Years".[4]

Track listings[edit]

All tracks written by Jez Williams, Jimi Goodwin, and Andy Williams, except where noted.

Promo CD (HVN111CDRP)
1."There Goes the Fear" (Radio Edit)4:50
2."There Goes the Fear" (Album Version)6:54
1."There Goes the Fear"6:54
2."There Goes the Fear" (Enhanced Video) 
UK 10" vinyl (HVN111-10)
1."There Goes the Fear" 6:54
2."Hit the Ground Running"Zevon, Marinell, Wachtel2:54
Dutch and Australian CD
1."There Goes the Fear" 6:54
2."Hit the Ground Running"Zevon, Marinell, Wachtel2:54
3."Here It Comes" (Live Triple J at the Wireless) 5:15
4."The Cedar Room" (Live Triple J at the Wireless) 7:29

: The Australian pressing of the CD single features the radio edit of "There Goes the Fear."


Popular culture[edit]

The song has featured in a number of movies, notably in the 2003 psychological thriller, Dot the i and the 2009 romantic comedy, 500 Days of Summer.


  1. ^ "The Intro Partnership: Projects; Music; Doves". Archived from the original on 3 March 2009. Retrieved 11 August 2013.
  2. ^ "D&AD Awards, 2003". AdForum. Retrieved 11 August 2013.
  3. ^ Davis, Hays. "Doves: This Bird Has Flown". Under the Radar (magazine). Missing or empty |url= (help)
  4. ^ "150 Best Tracks Of The Past 15 Years". Nme.Com. 30 July 2013. Retrieved 11 August 2013.
  5. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – There Goes the Fear". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 13 May 2018.
  6. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 13 May 2018.
  7. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 13 May 2018.
  8. ^ "The Official UK Singles Chart 2002" (PDF). UKChartsPlus. Retrieved 21 June 2018.

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