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Kasabian performing I Hear Voices in London on 31 December 2011

For the documentary, see I Hear Voices (documentary).

I Hear Voices was written by Sergio Pizzorno and is the 7th track on Velociraptor!.

BackgroundEdit

In an interview with NME ahead of the release of the album, Serge explained that he hadn't been sure about I Hear Voices until he went to see Tron and Daft Punk's soundtrack to the film inspired him to turn it into an electro tune. "It sounded like Neil Young," he said, "and now it sounds like Tron."[1] Lyrically, it's about "being in a flash club full of rich men, looking at the clock and missing home a bit. A simple sentiment amid the madness."[2] Referred to as an important song on the album on multiple occasions, I Hear Voices is the band going back to their rave music roots.[3]

LiveEdit

I Hear Voices was debuted in Munich on 19 November 2011 and played until March 2012, occasionally replacing Man Of Simple Pleasures in the set during the arena tour 2011. It was notably performed as the last song before the countdown to midnight at the band's 2011 New Year's Eve gig, a play on the lyric "one minute to midnight".

QuotesEdit

"I was at a club night in Paris and it was just fucking mad. There were tunes that were just real proper good electro tunes, but there was one thing missing... it was like, 'Yeah, these tunes are mega, but imagine if they had verses and choruses and were done like real songs.' [...] If we do go down the electro route, it's not like a band going, 'Oh, ok, let's try electro.' I'm well versed in it. It's not some idiot buying a synth for the first time in his life, you know what I mean? It's been part of my life for a fucking long while, so you're not getting an amateurish version of it. I know what I'm doing."
— Serge (Scene Magazine, 28 September 2011)

ReleasesEdit

Albums

Live ReleasesEdit

Audio

Video

LyricsEdit

I hear voices
The tell me to stop
Why should I listen
They never felt the drop
They hide in corners
Behind the pretty girls
In their gold
In their gold
In their gold

One minute to a
One minute to a
One minute to midnight

My soul you can have it 'cause it don't mean shit
I'd sell it to the devil for another hit
And midnight is coming and I wish that you were here

I hear voices
Echo in my brain
They don't like it
'Cause I'm not dressed the same
They hunt for rabbits
Just like Yosemite Sam
Say your prayers
Say your prayers
Say your prayers

One minute to a
One minute to a
One minute to midnight

My soul you can have it 'cause it don't mean shit
I'd sell it to the devil for another hit
And midnight is coming and I wish that you were here

There's no need to fall
There's no need at all
Out of control trying to find my way back
How did I end up here
And into the darkness I walk as the world goes on by

ReferencesEdit

  1. NME, 4 June 2011
  2. Q Magazine, September 2011
  3. Kasabian on Velociraptor!

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