Why Does It Always Rain on Me?

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"Why Does It Always Rain on Me?"
Travis Rain on Me cover.png
Single by Travis
from the album The Man Who
Released2 August 1999
FormatCD single, cassette
RecordedJanuary 1999
StudioAbbey Road Studios
(London, England)
Chateau de la Rouge Motte
(Domfront, France)
GenrePost-Britpop
Length4:25 (album version)
3:14 (radio edit)
LabelIndependiente
Songwriter(s)Fran Healy
Producer(s)Nigel Godrich
Travis singles chronology
"Driftwood"
(1999)
"Why Does It Always Rain on Me?"
(1999)
"Turn"
(1999)

"Why Does It Always Rain on Me?" is a song by Scottish band Travis, released as the third single from their second studio album, The Man Who. The song became the group's international breakthrough single, receiving recognition around the world. It was their first Top 10 hit on the UK Singles Chart, peaking at number 10. The song also peaked at number 11 in Australia, and achieved success in Japan and America.

Fran Healy wrote the song while on holiday in Israel. He wanted to go somewhere sunny because in his hometown of Glasgow it rained all the time. In an interview at the Live 8 concert, he explained that he was spending a short holiday in the southern vacation city of Eilat, Israel in the middle of the winter.[1] The city is known for its hot weather even during winter time, but surprisingly it began to rain for two days during his stay.

When Travis began to perform this song at the 1999 Glastonbury Festival, after being sunny for several hours, it began to rain exactly when the first line was sung.[2]

In a poll by listeners of Absolute Radio the song was ranked 39th on a list of the top 100 songs of the 1990s.

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by John Hardwick and filmed in Cornwall, with scenes filmed on Craddock Moor. The pool of water that the band jump into is part of a disused mining quarry known locally as "Gold Digger's Mine". The video features the band in a rain-soaked setting, with the band having locked frontman Healy, wearing a kilt, in the boot of a 1970s Vauxhall Viva. Healy escapes, and chases the rest of the band into a disused mining quarry. The video continues with the band being shown in a floating living room, performing the song. The video ends with the living room floating away. It does not actually rain at any point during the video.

Track listing[edit]

  • UK CD1
  1. "Why Does It Always Rain on Me?" – 4:27
  2. "Village Man" – 3:18
  3. "Driftwood" (live at the Link Café, Glasgow) – 4:07
  • UK CD2
  1. "Why Does It Always Rain on Me?" – 4:27
  2. "The Urge for Going" – 6:04
  3. "Slide Show" (live at the Link Café, Glasgow) – 3:15
  • 7" vinyl / Cassette / European single
  1. "Why Does It Always Rain on Me?" – 4:27
  2. "Village Man" – 3:18
  • American EP
  1. "Why Does It Always Rain on Me?" – 4:27
  2. "Village Man" - 3:18
  3. "The Urge for Going" – 6:04
  4. "Driftwood" (live at the Link Café, Glasgow) – 4:07
  5. "Slide Show" (live at the Link Café, Glasgow) – 3:15
  • Australian single
  1. "Why Does It Always Rain on Me?" – 4:27
  2. "Village Man" – 3:18
  3. "Driftwood" (live at the Link Café, Glasgow) – 4:07
  4. "Baby One More Time" (live at the Bay Tavern, Robin Hood's Bay) – 3:30
  5. "Why Does It Always Rain on Me?" (video)

Charts[edit]

Chart (1999–2000) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[3] 11
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[4] 15
Canada Adult Contemporary (RPM)[5] 57
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[6] 18
Germany (Official German Charts)[7] 56
Ireland (IRMA)[8] 26
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[9] 73
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[10] 20
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[11] 4
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[12] 87
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[13] 10
UK Rock and Metal (Official Charts Company)[14] 1
US Adult Top 40 (Billboard)[15] 36
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[16] 35

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Why Does It Always Rain On Me? by Travis Songfacts". Songfacts.com. Retrieved 2014-02-27.
  2. ^ "Festival fun survives crime rise - BBC News Glastonbury 1999 Special Report". bbc.co.uk. 1999-06-26.
  3. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Travis – Why Does It Always Rain on Me?". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved 9 February 2014.
  4. ^ "Ultratop.be – Travis – Why Does It Always Rain on Me?" (in Dutch). Ultratip. Retrieved 9 February 2014.
  5. ^ "Top RPM Adult Contemporary: Issue 7288." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 23 October 2018.
  6. ^ "Travis: Why Does It Always Rain on Me?" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved 9 February 2014.
  7. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Travis – Why Does It Always Rain on Me?". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 23 October 2018.
  8. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Why Does It Always Rain on Me?". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 23 October 2018.
  9. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Travis – Why Does It Always Rain on Me?" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 9 February 2014.
  10. ^ "Charts.nz – Travis – Why Does It Always Rain on Me?". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 9 February 2014.
  11. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 23 October 2018.
  12. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Travis – Why Does It Always Rain on Me?". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved 9 February 2014.
  13. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 9 February 2014.
  14. ^ "Official Rock & Metal Singles Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 23 October 2018.
  15. ^ "Travis Chart History (Adult Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 9 February 2014.
  16. ^ "Travis Chart History (Alternative Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 9 February 2014.