At The River

Album: Vertigo (1997)
Charted: 19

Songfacts®:

  • This chill-out track is based around Patti Page's 1957 multi-tracked ode to the Massachusetts vacation haven "Old Cape Cod." The lines, "If you're fond of sand dunes and salty air... Quaint little villages here and there," are repeated throughout the song.
  • This was Groove Armada's debut single, a limited edition 7" vinyl release in 1997. The song was later added to the track listing of the duo's second album, Vertigo. Re-released in July 1999, it peaked at #19 in the UK Singles Chart.
  • The song was used in an advert for UK clothing and food retail chain Marks & Spencer's as part of their Summer 2006 campaign. Groove Armada's Andy Cato recalled to NME in 2016: "That was unfortunate, but you know, some of these things slip through the net, don't they. I didn't notice at all because I don't live in the UK so I started getting text messages saying, 'delicious slice of buttery something-or-other with treacle' and I was thinking 'what's all this about?' and then finally cottoned on."

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