Many of Horror

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"Many of Horror"
Single by Biffy Clyro
from the album Only Revolutions
B-side Toottoottoot
Lonely Revolutions
Creative Burns
Released 18 January 2010
Format CD single, digital download, 7" single
Recorded 2009
Genre Alternative rock
Length 4:19
Label 14th Floor
Writer(s) Simon Neil
Biffy Clyro singles chronology
"The Captain"
"Many of Horror"
Only Revolutions track listing
  1. "The Captain"
  2. "That Golden Rule"
  3. "Bubbles"
  4. "God and Satan"
  5. "Born on a Horse"
  6. "Mountains"
  7. "Shock Shock"
  8. "Many of Horror"
  9. "Booooom, Blast & Ruin"
  10. "Cloud of Stink"
  11. "Know Your Quarry"
  12. "Whorses"
Music video
"Many of Horror" on YouTube

"Many of Horror" is an alternative rock song written by Simon Neil of Scottish band Biffy Clyro for their fifth studio album Only Revolutions. The song was released as the fourth single from the album on 18 January 2010.[1] The song was recorded at Ocean Way Recording, Hollywood, CA and mastered at Masterdisk.[2] The lyrics of the song concern Neil's wife and family. Jacknife Lee, who previously remixed "Silhouettes" for the Biffy Clyro and Sucioperro side project Marmaduke Duke, recorded a remix for the song.

Matt Cardle, winner of the 2010 series of The X Factor, recorded a studio version of the song under the title "When We Collide" and released it as his debut single, after having performed it in the final of the competition. Biffy Clyro fans launched an internet campaign to get the original track "Many of Horror" to the festive charts,[3][4] with fans joining a Facebook campaign urging people to buy Biffy Clyro's original single rather than Cardle's cover version. This resulted in the Biffy Clyro version reaching number 8 in the UK Singles Chart, its highest position ever, and Cardle's version became the UK Christmas number 1.

The song is featured on the deluxe edition soundtrack to the film Transformers: Dark of the Moon and is played during the end credits.

It was also used by Sky Sports as the song for their closing montage of their Ryder Cup coverage on the 28th September 2014.

Critical reception[edit]

Critical reception of "Many of Horror" was generally positive.

Jamie Fullerton of NME called "Many of Horror" a "perfect rock ballad".[5] Tim Newbound of Rock Sound described it as "beautifully serene" and stated it balances out more aggressive songs on the album.[6] Jason Birchmeier of Allmusic described the song as "mellow".[7]

Thom Gibbs of Drowned in Sound was critical of the song, calling it a "so-so ballad" and describing it as "too emo".[8]

Track listing[edit]

CD Single 14FLR41CD

  1. "Many of Horror" – 4:21
  2. "Toottoottoot" – 4:16

7" blue vinyl 14FLR41

  1. "Many of Horror" – 4:21
  2. "Lonely Revolutions" – 2:32

7" red vinyl 14FLR41X

  1. "Many of Horror" – 4:21
  2. "Creative Burns" – 2:33

iTunes digital EP

  1. "Many of Horror" – 4:21
  2. "Toottoottoot" – 4:16
  3. "Lonely Revolutions" – 2:32
  4. "Creative Burns" – 2:33

Music video[edit]

The official music video for the song was directed by Andy Morahan.[9]


Chart (2010) Peak
Ireland (IRMA)[10] 10
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[11] 27
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[12] 11
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[13] 8
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[14] 33


  • Artwork (Cover design, photography) – Stormstudios
  • Music – Biffy Clyro
  • Songwriter (Song lyrics) – Simon Neil
  • Producer – Biffy Clyro, Gggarth (tracks: 1)

Matt Cardle version[edit]

"When We Collide"
Single by Matt Cardle
from the album Letters
Released 12 December 2010 (2010-12-12)
Format CD single, digital download
Recorded 2010
Genre Indie pop
Length 3:43
Label Syco, Sony
Writer(s) Simon Neil
Producer(s) Richard "Biff" Stannard, Ash Howes
Matt Cardle singles chronology
"When We Collide"
"Run for Your Life"

In 2010, Matt Cardle, the winner of the seventh series of The X Factor, released a cover of "Many of Horror" as his winner's single.[15] although his version was re-titled "When We Collide".[4] It was made available as a digital download on 12 December 2010 shortly after the show had ended. A physical CD single was released on 15 December 2010.[16]


In December 2010, Cardle stated that "I know there are some Biffy fans that are like, 'What have you done to that song?'...It's a great song. I'm hoping that I've done it justice." Referring to the Facebook campaign to make the original version of the song number 1 in the chart, Cardle said "If that happens then great - it's a great song".[4]

Track listing[edit]

  • Digital download[17]
  1. "When We Collide" - 3:38
  2. "Matt's Thank You Message" - 0:14
  • CD single
  1. "When We Collide" - 3:38
  2. "Just the Way You Are" (X Factor performance) - 2:26
  3. "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" (X Factor performance) - 2:37
  4. "Nights in White Satin" (X Factor performance) - 2:17

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
BBC 1/5 stars[18]
Digital Spy (Positive)[19]
Female First 4/5 stars[20]
The Beat Review 4.5/5 stars[21]
Unreality Shout 2/5 stars[22]

Critical reception of Cardle's version of the song was mostly positive although many reviewers noted they preferred the original version. Nick Levine of Digital Spy praised Cardle's vocals, stating he delivered "the violence-tinged lyrics with an appealing sense of intimacy, navigating the inevitable key change with ease and really smashing it on the final note".[19] Rachael Patan of[20] and The Beat Review applauded the song choice with the latter stating "his untimely cover of Biffy Clyro’s ‘Many of Horror’ is a very clever and risque thing to do and we applaud him for that".[21] Fraser McAlpine of the BBC Chart Blog, was much more negative. He stated, "on the evidence of this song, he sure as hell can't sing."[18] agreed, stating "I actually find it very hard to listen to such a heroically valiant vocal from the Biffy Clyro clan get turned into a whimpering, reedy, falsetto-ridden snoozefest".[22]

Chart performance[edit]

On 16 December 2010, "When We Collide" debuted at number one on the Irish Singles Chart,[23] where it stayed for five weeks. It has since become the fourth best-selling song in the history of the chart.[24][25] On 19 December, it charted number one in the UK Singles Chart, beating "What's My Name?" by Rihanna featuring Drake, and "Surfin' Bird" by The Trashmen, whilst the Biffy Clyro original of "Many of Horror" re-entered the chart at number eight.[26] With sales of 815,000, it was the second best-selling single of 2010; the number one being "Love the Way You Lie" by Eminem featuring Rihanna, which sold 854,000 copies during 2010.[27] In June 2012, It became the 123rd single to sell a million copies in the UK, and the fourth by an X Factor contestant, after Shayne Ward's "That's My Goal", Leona Lewis's "Bleeding Love" and Alexandra Burke's "Hallelujah".[28] "When We Collide" is the 124th best selling song of all time in the UK and it is the 4th best selling single of all time in Ireland.[29][30] It has sold 1,010,000 copies in the UK as of December 2015.[31]

Music video[edit]

The official music video for Cardle's version of the song was also directed by Andy Morahan.[32]



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Preceded by
"The Climb" by Joe McElderry
The X Factor winner's single (Matt Cardle version)
Succeeded by
"Cannonball" by Little Mix
Preceded by
"The Time (Dirty Bit)" by The Black Eyed Peas
UK Singles Chart number-one single (Matt Cardle version)
19 December 2010 – 8 January 2011
Succeeded by
"What's My Name?" by Rihanna featuring Drake
Preceded by
"Heroes" by The X Factor finalists 2010
Irish Singles Chart number-one single (Matt Cardle version)
17 December 2010 – 13 January 2011
Succeeded by
"Grenade" by Bruno Mars