Timebomb (Beck song)

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Single by Beck
Released August 21, 2007
Format Digital download
Recorded 2006–2007
Genre Electronic rock, alternative rock
Length 2:50
Label Interscope
Writer(s) Beck Hansen and The Dust Brothers
Producer(s) Beck Hansen
Beck singles chronology
"Think I'm in Love"

"Timebomb" is a 2007 single by American musician Beck. On August 21, 2007, the single was made available on iTunes. It was released on 12" vinyl on November 2, 2007. A one-track promo-only CD was also produced.

A post from Beck's official website said that it would be "a song for bonfires, blackouts and the last hurrah of summer". It combines aspects of electronica, experimental rock, and alternative rock. In 2006 and 2007, the song was played live a number of times.

The post on Beck's website said that the cover art "features Ryan in the knitted Aztec Bird costume, some of you may have seen him dancing in on stage the past few years."

On December 6, 2007, "Timebomb" was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance.

The song was the inspiration behind the True Blood Season 2 episode "Timebomb" and the track played during the closing credits of the show.

The song appears on the video game Midnight Club: Los Angeles.

The song was used in the introduction of the season 6 Numb3rs episode "Friendly Fire".

Track listing[edit]

12" vinyl[edit]

  1. "Timebomb" – 2:50
  2. "Timebomb" (Instrumental) – 2:50


Critical reaction was generally positive. Nate Chinen of The New York Times described the song as "unmistakably playful" but said that "direness lurks beneath the spangles".[1] On the other hand, Richard Cromelin of the Los Angeles Times said that the track was "catchy, dynamic, and fun."[2] Rolling Stone magazine said "...house-party DJ's...cue up Beck's New banger - which gets the party started."[3]


  • Brian LeBarton: Drum machine, guitar, hand claps, keyboard/synthesizer, vocals (background)
  • Darrell Thorp: Engineer
  • Drew Brown: Engineer
  • Beck Hansen: Hand claps, keyboard / synthesizer, producer, vocals
  • Bob Ludwig: Mastering
  • Ken Andrews: Mix
  • Brianna Bell: Vocals (background)
  • Elisha Skorman: Vocals (background)
  • Kimi Reichenberg: Vocals (background)
  • Sage Mears: Vocals (background)
  • Tiffani Fest: Vocals (background)


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