Wires (song)

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Single by Athlete
from the album Tourist
Released 17 January 2005
Format 7", CD single, Maxi-CD
Recorded 2004
Genre Indie rock, alternative rock
Length 4:20 (album version)
4:05 (radio edit)
Label Parlophone
Songwriter(s) Joel Pott, Steve Roberts, Tim Wanstall, Carey Willetts
Producer(s) Victor Van Vugt, Athlete
Athlete singles chronology
"You Got the Style"
"Half Light"

"Wires" is a song by the British rock band Athlete from their second studio album, Tourist. It was released 17 January 2005 as the lead single from that album, peaking at number 4 on the UK Singles Chart (see 2005 in British music). The song was written by lead singer Joel Pott, about his daughter who was born prematurely. Pott paid tribute to hospital worker Ben McQuade who played a huge part in saving his daughter’s life[1].

Usage in other media[edit]

"Wires" was one of the first tracks available in iTunes Plus, after EMI and iTunes launched the new format on 31 May 2007.

"Wires" was featured on the sixth episode of the second season of The Vampire Diaries.

The song also appears on the 2006 compilation album, The Acoustic Album (Virgin).

"Wires" was sung by Victor Frankenstein in Frankenstein's Wedding in 2011, when Victor destroys the creature's "companion." Charli XCX also covered the song, making it available through her official YouTube channel.

"Wires" was performed by Rylan Clark-Neal on The X Factor in 2012. The week after Rylan's live performance, the original song by Athlete re-entered the UK chart at number 40.

British TV show The Bill featured this prominently in episodes including Uncovered: On the Front Line, Uncovered: Des & Reg and Episode 489.

Track listings[edit]

7" (ATH007)

  1. "Wires" (radio edit) - 4:05
  2. "Transformer Man" - 3:18


  1. "Wires" (radio edit) - 4:05
  2. "Never Running Out" - 4:26

Maxi-CD (CDATHS007)

  1. "Wires" (radio edit) - 4:05
  2. "Never Running Out" - 4:26
  3. "Get It Back" - 1:47
  4. "Wires" (video)


Chart (2005) Peak
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[2] 3
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[3] 4
Chart (2012) Peak
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[4] 45
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[5] 40


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