Vivid (song)

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Single by Electronic
from the album Twisted Tenderness
B-side "Radiation"
Released 12 April 1999
Format CD, 12"
Recorded 1998
Genre Alternative rock
Length 3:50 (radio edit)
5:34 (album version)
Label Parlophone (United Kingdom)
Virgin (Europe)
Writer(s) Bernard Sumner,
Johnny Marr
Producer(s) Bernard Sumner,
Johnny Marr,
Arthur Baker
Electronic singles chronology
"Prodigal Son"
"Make It Happen"

"Vivid" is a song by Electronic, the eighth single released by the group. It was released in April 1999 by Parlophone in Britain and by Virgin in Germany. "Vivid" reached #17 on the UK Singles Chart.


The song was recorded by full-time members Sumner and Marr with Doves bassist Jimi Goodwin and Black Grape drummer Jed Lynch. An early version of the song was written by Marr, before Sumner altered some of the words and the melody. The finished album version is in fact the demo, although subsequent production by Arthur Baker and his programming collaborator Merv de Peyer included a sampled loop which runs throughout the track in tandem with the kit drums.[1]


Like their last two singles ("For You" and "Second Nature"), "Vivid" was issued on two Compact Discs, and also on 12" vinyl in the UK. The principal B-side was "Radiation", a seven-minute instrumental co-credited to Arthur Baker.


In addition to a single mix of the A-side itself, four other remixes appeared as B-sides: versions of "Prodigal Son" by Two Lone Swordsmen, DJ Harvey and Inch (Keir Stewart and Simon Spencer), and a mix of "Haze" by Merv de Peyer. Like "Vivid", both tracks were from the album Twisted Tenderness.

The single mix of "Vivid" done by Merv de Peyer (who also mixed the album version), was shorter than the album version, and was included on Get the Message - The Best of Electronic in 2006.

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  1. ^ Sound On Sound, June 1999 (link)

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