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Keane - A Bad Dream (T in the Park 2009)

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"A Bad Dream"
Single by Keane
from the album Under the Iron Sea
Released22 January 2007 (United Kingdom)
Format7" vinyl
CD single
256 MB USB memory stick
RecordedHeliocentric Studios, Rye, East Sussex
The Magic Shop, New York
Writer(s)Tim Rice-Oxley
Tom Chaplin
Richard Hughes
Producer(s)Andy Green
Keane singles chronology

"A Bad Dream", often mistitled as "Bad Dream", is a song by English rock band Keane appearing as the fifth track on their second album, Under the Iron Sea. It was released on 22 January 2007 as the fifth and final single from the album. The song peaked at No. 23 in the UK Singles Chart, becoming the band's first single to miss the top 20.


  • 1 Track listings
    • 1.1 CD single
    • 1.2 UK 7" vinyl
    • 1.3 256 MB USB memory stick content
  • 2 Composition and recording
  • 3 Information about song's meaning
  • 4 B-sides
    • 4.1 She Sells Sanctuary
      • 4.1.1 Instrumentation
    • 4.2 A Bad Dream (Luna-C Hardcore Remix)
  • 5 Technical information on songs
  • 6 Music video
  • 7 Chart performance
  • 8 References
  • 9 External links

Track listings

A track titled "The Night Sky" was believed to be the obvious choice for a B-side as it was an unreleased track on Under the Iron Sea, mentioned several times and thought to have a relation with the song, but Keane instead included for the first time both cover songs ("She Sells Sanctuary" by The Cult and "Enjoy the Silence" by Depeche Mode) and a remix of the single by the noted hardcore artist Luna-C in the commercial release. "The Night Sky" was instead released as the next single.

CD single

  1. "A Bad Dream"
  2. "She Sells Sanctuary"
  3. "A Bad Dream" (Luna-C Hardcore Remix)
  4. "A Bad Dream" live in Berlin (video)

UK 7" vinyl

  1. "A Bad Dream"
  2. "She Sells Sanctuary"

256 MB USB memory stick content

    • "A Bad Dream"
    • "A Bad Dream" (video)
    • "Enjoy the Silence" (Depeche Mode cover)
    • "A Bad Dream" (Luna-C Bangin' Remix)
    • Competition to see the band at Wembley

Composition and recording

It was composed by Tim Rice-Oxley and Tom Chaplin. It was recorded at the Heliocentric Studios, Rye, East Sussex and at The Magic Shop, New York.

Information about song's meaning

It was partially based on the "An Irish Airman Foresees His Death" poem by W.B. Yeats. Rice-Oxley explained on a podcast:

She Sells Sanctuary

This song is a cover of the Cult's original song. It's the first song released since June 2001 ("She Has No Time") that includes acoustic guitar on the recording.


  • Acoustic guitar
  • Bass
  • Drums
  • Distorted piano
  • Electric piano
  • Synthesizer
  • Vocals (by Tom Chaplin)

A Bad Dream (Luna-C Hardcore Remix)

The song includes a hardcore style instrumentation never heard on a Keane release before.

Music video

The music video for "A Bad Dream" was shot on 22 November 2006 and premiered a month later. The essentially simple promo features singer Tom Chaplin inside a totally black room. Then a white stripe of light can be seen getting bigger and bigger until the point of the room being completely white. Later on, a black stripe can be seen again getting bigger and bigger until the whole room is black again.

An alternate version released on Yahoo Launch UK features short clips of Tim Rice-Oxley and Richard Hughes intercut into the original, looking at Chaplin with melancholic faces.

External links

  • Official site
  • Keaneshaped – Information about record
  • – Information about record in French (Not yet available)


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