Northern Man

Album: Existence (2010)

Songfacts®:

  • This is a track from North England indie rock band Detroit Social Club's debut album, Existence. Singer David Burn told The Sun newspaper May 21, 2010 this is "about a friend of mine who has loads of potential but lives in a shell."
  • The album title, Existence was inspired by two favorite books of the singer: Any Human Heart by William Boyd and Notes From the Underground by Dostoyevsky. Burn told The Sun: "I'm just fascinated in the differences between one human being and another and what shapes them."
  • The orchestral version of the track has featured regularly on the bedding music for Sky Sports' Premier League and Champions League football coverage during the 2010-11 season. Burn told NME the channel's interest in the track is a huge bonus. "As a band your main objective is to get your music heard by as many people as possible particularly when radio play for new bands is being pretty much strangled these days," he said. "It's also nice to know that a melody that started in my head one morning when I woke up is being heard by millions of people."

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