Blind (Hercules and Love Affair song)

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"Blind"
Hercules and Love Affair - Blind.png
Single by Hercules and Love Affair
from the album Hercules and Love Affair
ReleasedMarch 3, 2008
FormatCD single, digital download
GenrePost-disco[1]
Length6:18 (Album Version)
3:47 (Radio Edit)
LabelDFA Records
Songwriter(s)Antony Hegarty, Andrew Butler
Producer(s)Antony Hegarty, Andrew Butler, Tim Goldsworthy
Hercules and Love Affair singles chronology
"Classique #2" / "Roar"
(2008)
"Blind"
(2008)
"You Belong"
(2008)
Music video
"Blind" on YouTube

"Blind" is the first single from the eponymous debut album by Hercules and Love Affair.

Writing and inspiration[edit]

"Blind" was written by Anohni and Andrew Butler. The song began as a poem by Butler before it was recorded by Anohni.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Jacob Wright of Resident Advisor commented that the song is "accessible," yet is "new and ambitious and different, and it has quality."[3]

The Chicago Maroon placed "Blind" at #2 on the Top 5 Songs of 2008.[4] "Blind" ranked at #2 on the 10 Best Singles of 2008 list by American magazine Entertainment Weekly.[5] Mother Jones ranked "Blind" at #14 on The Best Singles of 2008.[6] Likewise, NME placed "Blind" at #18 on the Top 50 Singles of 2008.[7] Pitchfork Media placed "Blind" at #1 on The 100 Best Tracks of 2008[8] and at #18 on The Top 500 Tracks of the 2000s.[9] PopMatters placed "Blind" at #8 on The Best Singles of 2008.[10] Resident Advisor voted "Blind" at #6 on the Top 30 Tracks of 2008[11] and at #18 on the Top 100 Tracks of the 2000s.[12] Rolling Stone placed "Blind" at #77 on the 100 Best Singles of 2008.[13] Slant Magazine placed "Blind" at #4 on the Top 25 Singles of 2008[14] and at #16 on the Best of the Aughts: Singles.[15] Spin placed "Blind" at #19 on The 20 Best Songs of 2008.[16] In October 2011, NME placed it at number 128 on its list "150 Best Tracks of the Past 15 Years".[17]

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Blind" was directed by Saam Farahmand. The video features English actress Jaime Winstone. Winstone is seen walking through a Greek ritualistic orgy. Doric columns and a lot of swirling mist are seen throughout the video.[18]

Track listings[edit]

Antony performing "Blind" as a part of the Hercules and Love Affair collective during the 2012 Meltdown Festival at London's Southbank Centre.
  1. "Blind (Radio Edit)" – 3:47
  2. "Shadows" – 4:19
  3. "Blind (Frankie Knuckles Vocal)" – 7:54
  4. "Blind (Hercules Club Mix)" – 7:00
  1. "Blind" – 6:16
  2. "Shadows" – 4:15
  3. "Blind (Frankie Knuckles Remix)" – 7:51
  4. "Blind (Serge Santiago Version)" – 10:48
  5. "Blind (Hercules Club Mix)" – 6:56
  6. "Blind (Frankie Knuckles Dub)" – 8:09

Song usage[edit]

"Blind (Serge Santiago Version)" appeared on the mix album FabricLive.41 by Simian Mobile Disco.[21]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2008) Peak
position
Belgian Singles Chart (Flanders)[22] 23
Belgian Tip Chart (Wallonia)[22] 22
Belgian Dance Chart[22] 2
Italian Singles Chart[22] 12
UK Singles Chart[23] 40
UK Dance Chart 1
U.S. Dance/Club Play Songs[24] 22

Nominations[edit]

Year Category Genre Recording Result
UK Music Video Awards[25]
2008 Best Producer Music Video Blind Nominated

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Boles, Benjamin (10 April 2008). "Miami party madness". NOW Toronto. Retrieved 22 May 2016. The quirky post-disco track was getting dropped at parties all weekend, even at the more mainstream events.
  2. ^ Zipf, Jen (2009-01-13). Hercules & Love Affair Interview Prefix Magazine. Retrieved 2010-06-28.
  3. ^ Wright, Jacob (2008-03-02). Hercules and Love Affair – Blind Resident Advisor Retrieved 2010-06-28.
  4. ^ Underwood, Rob (2009-01-09). Top 5 Songs of 2008 Archived 2011-07-16 at the Wayback Machine The Chicago Maroon. Retrieved 2010-06-28.
  5. ^ "10 Best Singles of 2008". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2010-06-10.
  6. ^ (2008-12-16). The Best Singles of 2008 Mother Jones. Retrieved 2010-06-28.
  7. ^ (2008-12-11). NME's Top 50 of 2008 Sputnikmusic. Retrieved 2010-06-28.
  8. ^ (2008-12-15). 100 Best Tracks of 2008 Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 2010-06-28.
  9. ^ (2009-08-21). The Top 500 Tracks of the 2000s: 20-1 Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 2010-06-28.
  10. ^ (2008-12-19). The Best Singles of 2008 PopMatters. Retrieved 2010-06-28.
  11. ^ (2008-12-22). Top 30 Tracks of 2008 Resident Advisor. Retrieved 2010-06-28.
  12. ^ (2010-12-29). RA Poll: Top 100 Tracks of the 2000s Resident Advisor. Retrieved 2010-06-28.
  13. ^ (2008-12-11). Rolling Stone’s 100 Best Singles of 2008 Stereogum. Retrieved 2010-06-28.
  14. ^ (2008-12-15). 2008: Year in Music Slant Magazine. Retrieved 2010-06-29.
  15. ^ (2010-01-25). Best of the Aughts: Singles Slant Magazine. Retrieved 2010-06-30.
  16. ^ (2008-12-12). The 20 Best Songs of 2008 Spin. Retrieved 2010-06-28.
  17. ^ http://www.nme.com/list/150-best-tracks-of-the-past-15-years/248648/page/3
  18. ^ (2008-02-11). Hercules and Love Affair’s Blind by Saam PromoNews. Retrieved 2010-06-28.
  19. ^ Hercules And Love Affair – Blind Discogs. Retrieved 2010-06-10.
  20. ^ Blind – Hercules and Love Affair Archived January 26, 2010, at the Wayback Machine iTunes. Retrieved 2010-06-28.
  21. ^ Simian Mobile Disco – FabricLive.41 Discogs. Retrieved 2010-06-30.
  22. ^ a b c d Hercules and Love Affair – Blind Ultratop. Retrieved 2010-06-10.
  23. ^ Hercules and Love Affair – Blind Chart Stats. Retrieved 2010-06-10.
  24. ^ Hercules and Love Affair – Chart History – Dance/Club Play Songs Billboard. Retrieved 2010-06-30.
  25. ^ (2008-09-29). UK Music Video Awards 2008 – Individual award nominations in full PromoNews. Retrieved 2010-06-28.