Mercury Rising


  • This was the first single from Giants, which was the 17th studio album released by the venerable Punk band The Stranglers - their first was Rattus Norvegicus in 1977. The song (like all Stranglers compositions) is credited as a band composition, but was the brainchild of Baz Warne, a relative latecomer to the group, having joined them on guitar in 2001. It was his rocky start with the group that inspired the song. Lead singer JJ Burnel told us: "It was mainly written by Baz, who felt that there was a bit of antagonism towards him in the initial stages of when he joined the band. But that quickly disappeared. I think his contribution was respected. But there's always a conservative element in something that has been going for quite a while. People don't like change."
  • If the "mercury is rising" it's getting hotter - the term refers to the mercury in a thermometer that rises when the temperature goes up. The phrase is often used to describe a feeling of pressure or anger - emotions that lead to increased body temperature. Mercury Rising is also the title of a 1998 Bruce Willis movie.


Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

Vanessa Carlton

Vanessa CarltonSongwriter Interviews

The "A Thousand Miles" singer on what she thinks of her song being used in White Chicks and how she captured a song from a dream.

Album Cover Inspirations

Album Cover InspirationsSong Writing

Some album art was at least "inspired" by others. A look at some very similar covers.

Pete Anderson

Pete AndersonSongwriter Interviews

Pete produced Dwight Yoakam, Michelle Shocked, Meat Puppets, and a very memorable track for Roy Orbison.

Ed Roland of Collective Soul

Ed Roland of Collective SoulSongwriter Interviews

The stories behind "Shine," "December," "The World I Know" and other Collective Soul hits.

Jay, Peaches, Spinderella and other Darrining Victims

Jay, Peaches, Spinderella and other Darrining VictimsSong Writing

Just like Darrin was replaced on Bewitched, groups have swapped out original members, hoping we wouldn't notice.

Frankie Valli

Frankie ValliSong Writing

An interview with Frankie Valli, who talks about why his songs - both solo and with The Four Seasons - have endured, and reflects on his time as Rusty Millio on The Sopranos.