High

Album: Polythene (1997)
Charted: 24

Songfacts®:

  • This was Feeder's breakthrough single, their first one to reach the UK Top 40 and to date their most successful release in the US.
  • Frontman Grant Nicholas told Kerrang! magazine June 21, 2008 about this song about friendship: "It's a really simple song, there are only three chords in it but the lyrics - 'I'm going out for a while so I can get high with my friends'- seemed to connect with people. I could probably write a similar melody again but not those words. It's a very youthful; song."
  • Nicholas added in the same Kerrang! interview: "When I first wrote it, I drunkenly played it to my girlfriend on an acoustic. She started crying because she liked it so much. I thought that was probably a good sign. It's still one of my dad's favorites too."
  • This was not on the original release of Polythene, but it was included on the re-issued version, released later in 1997.
  • This featured in the 1998 teen comedy Can't Hardly Wait.
  • The band originally were formed in 1992 in Wales by Grant Nicholas (vocals/guitar) and Jon Lee (drums). They changed their name from Reel to Feeder, naming themselves from an article in a fishing book after Nicholas saw the title "Feeder" and thought it would be a good name for the band. After signing with Echo in 1995 they were joined by bassist Taka Hirose from Tokyo. Lee committed suicide by hanging himself in January 2002 and this song was played at his funeral ceremony.

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