Us (Regina Spektor song)

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Single by Regina Spektor
from the album Soviet Kitsch
Released 2004 (America)
2006 (UK)
Format 7" vinyl, CD single, digital download
Genre Anti-folk, baroque pop
Length 4:54
Label Sire, Transgressive
Songwriter(s) Regina Spektor
Regina Spektor singles chronology
"Carbon Monoxide"
"On the Radio"
"Carbon Monoxide"
"On the Radio"
Soviet Kitsch track listing
"The Flowers"
"Sailor Song"
Mary Ann Meets the Gravediggers and Other Short Stories track listing
"Chemo Limo"
Music video
"Us" on YouTube

"Us" is the fifth track from American singer Regina Spektor's major label debut Soviet Kitsch. It was officially released as a single in 2006 for her UK compilation album Mary Ann Meets the Gravediggers and Other Short Stories by Regina Spektor. The song is notable for its use of a string quartet in addition to Spektor's usual piano and vocals. The song was also used in a UEFA Champions League Final montage, by ITV. This song was used in the film (500) Days of Summer. As of 2009 the single has sold 86,000 copies in United States. [1]

Music video[edit]

This is the first Regina Spektor song to have an accompanying music video. The video used stop motion animation. It shows Spektor climbing into a dark green room and unpacking an assortment of objects from a trunk, including a piano, rug, a globe, and some seeds, which she places on the rug and grows with water. The video contains some strange scenes, such as toy soldiers coming out of Spektor's mouth, and ends with her placing everything (including herself) back into the trunk, which vanishes. The music video is a parody of Georges Méliès's silent film, Le Locataire Diabolique[1] (1909), in which a man rents an apartment and furnishes it by unpacking objects from his trunk in the same fashion Spektor does in Us. The video was directed by Adria Petty.


Year Label Format Catalog no. Country B-sides
2005 Transgressive Records 7" vinyl 018 UK "Scarecrow & Fungus"/"December"
2006 Transgressive Records CD single 018 UK "Scarecrow & Fungus"
2006 WEA Digital download ? UK "Scarecrow & Fungus"/"December"


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