Setting Sun

Album: Dig Your Own Hole (1996)
Charted: 1 80

Songfacts®:

  • During the 1995 Glastonbury Festival, Noel Gallagher, a long term acquaintance of The Chemical Brothers, offered to record with them. Around 12 months later they decided a track they had been working on, which they had done in the style of The Beatles "Tomorrow Never Knows," needed some vocals so they sent a tape of it to Noel. He worked on it overnight and the next day they recorded it with Noel providing the vocals. It gave The Chemical Brothers their first UK #1 and was their first hit in the US.
  • The original working title was "Tomorrow Never Noels." "Tomorrow Never Knows" is the favorite song of both the Chemical Brothers.
  • This was featured in the 1997 film The Saint.
  • Chemical Brother Ed Simons remembers in 1000 UK #1 Hits by Jon Kutner and Spencer Leigh, "He (Noel Gallagher) got wind that we wanted to do a track with him. He phoned us up and said, 'I'll come down now and do it.' I told him I would send him a tape of the track that we thought might appeal to him as it had a Beatlesque feel to it. The whole track took us a day in the studio with him, then us mixing for a while and it was in the can." Sony didn't want to release it as a single but Noel persuaded them to. Despite little radio play on its week of release it sold nearly 100,000 copies in its first week and reached #1. Chemical Brother Tom Rowlands recalls in the book, "I think it had the lowest number of radio plays ever for a #1 hit. It was cool, circumventing all the conservatism, and till getting to #1 with a banging record. It was our aim to make a record that stuck out. We wanted to make records that people just couldn't help but remember." >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Edward Pearce - Ashford, Kent, England, for all above

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