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.
Edward Pearce - Ashford, Kent, England, for all above
David Bowie played a part in the song's conception when the Stereophonics toured with him in 2003. Speaking to the crowd before performing "Dakota" at their March 6, 2020 London O2 Arena concert, Kelly Jones explained that the late rock legend would attend their soundcheck ahead of each show.
"David Bowie would be watching, so we didn't want to waste too much of his time," he said. "So we'd play a song for maybe 45 seconds, and then another song for like a minute, and then maybe another song for a minute, and then maybe 30 seconds of a song."
"And then I would walk off the stage and I would walk towards the dressing room," Jones continued. "[Bowie] would put his arm on my shoulder and he would walk with me and say, 'You know, if you extended a few of those songs, you might be f---ing onto something.'"
"So I wrote this song, this is called Dakota."
The album version, featuring an extended outro, clocks in at 4 minutes 57 seconds. The band cut the outro for the song's radio edit, which runs 4:01.