Whippin' Piccadilly

Album: Bring It On (1998)
Charted: 35

Songfacts®:

  • The third single from Bring It On, "Whippin' Piccadilly" was Gomez's UK Top 40 debut.
  • The song was inspired by two people: the musician Beck and an unhinged friend of the band. Gomez singer, guitarist and keyboard player Tom Gray explained to NME:

    "The story goes, we all went to see Beck at Manchester Academy in 1995 on the 'Odelay' tour. Beck was ruling the world at that point in time, he was just incredible and his band were the best band I'd ever seen. The person that was 'dressed in a suit looking like a lunatic' in that song was Beck and the other person was our mate who took the string out of the bottom of his coat and he was literally whipping the floor of Piccadilly station that night. He was completely on one that night."
  • Bring It On won the 1998 Mercury Music Prize for best album, beating the favorites The Verve's Urban Hymns and Massive Attack's Mezzanine.

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