This was the Stereophonics 1st ever UK #1. They became the first all-Welsh group to top the UK charts since the Manic Street Preachers hit #1 in the first few weeks of 2000. It also became the Stereophonics first single to chart on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart peaking at #34.
British music columnist James Masterton called this his single of the year in 2005.
The title 'Dakota' does not appear anywhere in the lyrics of the song. The Dakota is the name of the building in New York where John Lennon lived at the time of his death.
The title of the album, Language. Sex. Violence. Other? refers to the classification code used for movies and DVDs with mature content.
Suggestion credit: Edward Pearce - Ashford, Kent, England, for all above
Francesco from Somewhere In ItalyI've discovered this song after playing a soccer video game, and maybe for that reason every time I hear it I think at my youthness, specifically the one that I didn't enjoyed because I was just a poor classy nerd. When I hear Dakota I dream of having 16 years and live those 16 years, maybe jumping and singing with a girlfriend in a Stereophonics concert.
Reese from Kharkov, UkraineGosh, Martin, your comment is just a piece of art. Thanks a lot. My interestng fact will sopund like this probably:I've been listening to it million times for the past 4 years. And now I'm finding myself in the same sort of state. It's funny how we catch up with the songs we thought would never get prophetic.
Anna K from Mexico City, MexicoI've red that many rock bands like The Stereophonics' music so much, like U2 and Oasis. Is that true?
David from Grimsby, EnglandLove it,named my horse after it.she is american
Jose from BrisbaneTop song, loved it as soon as I heard it...
Ben from Whittier, Casounds fantastic !
Kirsti from Perth, AustraliaThis is a very good song, very catchy
Martin from Brisbane, Australiahaha wow i always assumed that dakota was about the state in america. but this is better. you can imagine my dismay when i saw no comments here. i hold this song in the aboslute highest regard. its a brilliant composition, and so personal. haha probably cos i first heard it after i got my heart broken, but i still have positive connotations attached to it. anyway my interpretation of this, and its pretty obvious in the lyrics, but its a bloke reminiscing about a reckless young love he once had. the lyrics faintly portay a beautiful relationship based on nothing but wild passion between two young lovers, that ended with uncertainty and heartbreak. the ultimate beauty of the song however, and the thing which makes it a genius composition, is the way in which the music, hand-in-hand with the lyrics, conveys the rollercoaster ride of the storytellers emotions. the fiery aspect of the relationship of the two venturous young lovers is made life-like with the louder, yet gentle guitars, and the singer half screaming "you made me feel like the one, you made me feel like the one", as if he were proclaiming his love to the heavens. underneath the overwhelming lust the protagonist feels, between these chorus', the versus portray the pure, and intimate side of the relationship, through the soft beat, harmonious melody, and gentle vocals. the next feeling is that of a lack of direction, and foundation for such a powerful love. it is a loud, uncertain exclaimation of "i don't know where we are going now". finally, after this almost frustrating peak, the mood turns to sorrow. the noise dies in an instant, and goes back to the soothing sounds of the versus, only now his love has left him, probably because drinking and sleeping in the back of cars was not enough to fulfill her hopes and dreams. as the lines "you made made me feel like the one" and "i don't know where we are going now" are eerily repeated, a sense of past tense, and regret, and then frustration, and even anger are felt, but to finish, after the screaming vocals and overlap of instruments stop, it seems the ultimate notion is self pity. something that has occured to me since first trying to break this song down, is one of its most remarkable aspects. it really is left unfinished, and unanswered. whether he is now an old man, alone, miserable, and paranoid; a successful middle aged, married businessman; or still a young man embarking on a new reckless relationship, the line "take a look at me now" leaves you guessing.