This song features a string sample from Moroccan pop singer Najat Aatabou's song "Just Tell Me The Truth" and vocals by former A Tribe Called Quest member, Q-Tip.
This won the 2006 Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording. In addition, the Push The Button album won the 2006 Grammy Award for Best Electronic/Dance Album.
In the US, this was featured in popular commercials for Budweiser beer.
Tom Rowlands of The Chemical Brothers recalled to Q magazine December 2010: "Q-tip would only sing into a golden microphone. Not silver, not bronze. It practically came with its own security guard. But I'm sure it gave his Galvanize vocal that extra bit of punch."
The song returned to the UK singles chart after it was used to start the entrance of the athletes at the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Summer Olympics.
"Galvanize" was originally an online hook-up until the Chemical Brothers heard Q-Tip's attempt. "Q-tip was a total hero" Tom Rowlands recalled to Q magazine." He sent this thing back and I'd never been so crestfallen. I thought, Oh no, this isn't going to work."
The MC agreed to another session if Tom and his Chemical colleague Ed Simons could travel to New York's Hit Factory. Using his gold-plated microphone, Q-tip improvised some new lines, one of which featured the unusual word "galvanize," and the track finally achieved its potential. "Q-tip really took direction'" Simons said. "He'd use a turn of phrase and Tom would say, 'I like that, let's develop it.'"