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"Bang"
Single by Blur
from the album Leisure
Released 29 July 1991
Format 12" vinyl, 7" vinyl, cassette, CD
Recorded 1991
Genre Alternative rock
Length 3:38 (album version)
Label Food
Producer Stephen Street
Blur singles chronology
"There's No Other Way"
(1991)
"Bang"
(1991)
"Popscene"
(1992)
Music video
"Bang" at YouTube (requires Adobe Flash)

"Bang" is a song by Blur and was released 29 July 1991 as their third single, reaching #24 in the UK Singles Chart (see 1991 in British music). It was also featured on the band's debut album Leisure. It has been all but disowned by the band, who claim it was written in less than fifteen minutes in response to record company demands for another bankable single. It is almost never played live.

Its disappointing performance relative to previous single "There's No Other Way" marked the end of Blur's initial period of popularity, which would not be equalled until the release of "Girls & Boys" three years later.

Track listings

  • 12"
  1. "Bang" (extended)
  2. "Explain"
  3. "Luminous"
  4. "Uncle Love"
  • 7" and Cassette
  1. "Bang"
  2. "Luminous"
  • CD (released 5 August 1991)
  1. "Bang"
  2. "Explain"
  3. "Luminous"
  4. "Berserk"

Production credits

  • "Bang" and "Explain" produced by Stephen Street
  • "Luminous", "Berserk" and "Uncle Love" produced by Blur

Video

Screenshot of "Bang" video

The video, directed by Willy Smax, features the band in West London at night. Time-lapse photography of night-time traffic was used, creating streaks of light from cars' headlights. Black-and-white performance shots were also included.








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