Speed

Album: Single Release Only (2013)

Songfacts®:

  • This song was inspired by the emotion of the Grand Prix drivers when they are behind the wheel; the ebb and flow of the race and the intensity of the atmosphere at the racetrack. Avicii immersed himself in the world of motor racing by visiting the British Lotus F1 Team's home at Enstone, Oxfordshire where he undertook an intensive course and found inspiration to create the tune.
  • Avicii performed the experimental track live for the first time in full at the burn Yard Live event in Budapest on July 26, 2013.
  • The song's music video was directed by the Russian filmmaker Pavel Kim, after he won a competition in which people from over 29 countries submitted their video entries for the track. Pavel's clip, titled "Midnight Race," imagines Formula One in 2077.
  • Here are a few more songs in our database inspired by motor racing:

    "Collision Of Worlds" by Robbie Williams.
    "Schumacher the Champagne" by The Wombats.
    "Racing In The Street" by Bruce Springsteen.

    In addition, the guitar solo at the end of Def Leppard's "Demolition Man" was played by former Formula 1 driver Damon Hill.

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