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Massive Attack's performance at Glastonbury Festival 2008

Part 2 of 6: Teardrop

Featuring Stephanie Dosen

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Massive Attack - Teardrop.jpg
Single by Massive Attack featuring Elizabeth Fraser
from the album Mezzanine
Released27 April 1998
  • CD
  • 12"
  • cassette
GenreTrip hop
  • Robert Del Naja
  • Grantley Marshall
  • Andrew Vowles
  • Elizabeth Fraser
  • Massive Attack
  • Neil Davidge
Massive Attack featuring Elizabeth Fraser singles chronology

"Teardrop" is a song by Massive Attack that was released as a single on 27 April 1998. It is the second single from their third album, Mezzanine, and features lead vocals and lyrics by Elizabeth Fraser, the lead singer for the dream pop band Cocteau Twins. The song became another UK hit for the group, peaking at number 10 on the UK Singles Chart.


  • 1 Development
  • 2 Music video
  • 3 In popular culture
  • 4 Track listing
  • 5 Covers
    • 5.1 Newton Faulkner
    • 5.2 O'Hooley & Tidow
    • 5.3 Kris Ashok
    • 5.4 Elbow
    • 5.5 José González
      • 5.5.1 Track listing
    • 5.6 Simple Minds
    • 5.7 The Collective
    • 5.8 Brad Mehldau
      • 5.8.1 Track listing
      • 5.8.2 Chart performance
      • 5.8.3 Release history
  • 6 References


"Teardrop" was first developed from a simple harpsichord riff picked out in the studio in April 1997. Vowles sent the demo to Madonna as he wanted her to record the vocals for the song (the band had previously worked with her on their 1995 reworking of the song "I Want You"). The two other band members Robert Del Naja and Grantley Marshall wanted Elizabeth Fraser of the Cocteau Twins to record the vocals, feeling her ethereal style suited the mournful melody and feel of the piece. Madonna was very keen to record the vocals, and was disappointed when the two-to-one vote went in Fraser's favour.[1]

Fraser wrote the song's lyrics. While recording the song on 29 May 1997, she found out that her once-close friend, Jeff Buckley, had drowned. "That was so weird ... I'd got letters out and I was thinking about him. That song's kind of about him – that's how it feels to me anyway."[2]

The single peaked at number 16 in Australia.[3] It placed number 22 in the Triple J Hottest 100 of All Time in 2009. It reached the top 10 in the UK and is the only Massive Attack track to do so. It was certified Silver by the BPI on 22 July 2013.

Music video

The song's music video featured a plastic fetus in the womb, singing the song. It was directed by Walter Stern.[4]

In popular culture

The song, especially the instrumental portions at the beginning and the end, has been used in numerous TV programmes and movies. The bass drum beat, reminiscent of a heartbeat, samples the Les McCann song "Sometimes I Cry".[5] From 2004 to 2012, it was used as the opening theme of the US medical television series House, M.D. It is also featured as incident music in a 2001 episode of Coronation Street when Sarah Platt is chased. An instrumental version of the tune is also used in a first season episode of Prison Break.

Track listing

The 12" release contains the same songs but in a different order. The cassette release contains an edited version of the original song, as well as the Scream Team remix and the B-side "Euro Zero Zero", but is missing the remix by Mad Professor.

Newton Faulkner

Single by Newton Faulkner
from the album Hand Built by Robots
  • 30 July 2007
  • 18 April 2008
  • 29 April 2008
RecordedAutumn 2005–Spring 2007
  • Folk rock
  • pop rock
LabelUgly Truth
  • Robert "3D" Del Naja
  • Grant "Daddy G" Marshall
  • Andrew "Mushroom" Vowles
  • Elizabeth Fraser
Producer(s)Mike Spencer
Newton Faulkner singles chronology

Newton Faulkner covered the song on his album Hand Built by Robots, which was produced by Mike Spencer. On downloads alone, Faulkner's version reached #60 in the UK Singles Chart in August 2007.[6] It was released as an official single on 10 December 2007, and reached number 57 on the chart the following week.[6] The version of the album available from the Australian iTunes Music Store also incorporates an acoustic version.[7]

O'Hooley & Tidow

O'Hooley & Tidow covered the song on their album The Fragile. The Guardian described their version of "Teardrop" as "an exquisite reworking"[8] and it was voted by Guardian music critic Jude Rogers as one of the best tracks of 2012.[9]

Kris Ashok

Indian musician Kris Ashok covered looping remix of Massive Attack's Teardrop and Thyagaraja's Brova Bharama,[10]


The band Elbow covered the song on the bootleg album B-Sides and Remixes in 2006.

José González

Single by José González
from the album In Our Nature
Released12 November 2007
  • CD
  • 7"
  • digital download
  • Robert "3D" Del Naja
  • Grant "Daddy G" Marshall
  • Andrew "Mushroom" Vowles
  • Elizabeth Fraser
Producer(s)José González
José González singles chronology

José González covered "Teardrop" for his second album In Our Nature. The single was released across Europe on 12 November 2007. The single features the non-album instrumental B-side "Four Forks Ache." This version was also featured in the medical drama House M.D. in the episode "Wilson's Heart".

Simple Minds

The song was also covered by Scottish rock band Simple Minds and is found on their cover album Searching For The Lost Boy (2009).

The Collective

Single by The Collective featuring Wretch 32, Ed Sheeran, Labrinth, Tulisa, Tinchy Stryder, Rizzle Kicks, Ms. Dynamite, Chipmunk, Mz Bratt and Dot Rotten
from the album We Are the Collective
Released13 November 2011
  • CD
  • digital download
  • Hip hop
  • grime
  • electronica
  • trip hop
  • R&B
  • Robert Del Naja
  • Grantley Marshall
  • Andrew Vowles
  • Elizabeth Fraser
  • Gary Barlow
  • Labrinth[11]
Children in Need singles chronology

The song was covered by English singer Gary Barlow's assembled group named The Collective and released as the official single for Children in Need 2011.[12] Produced by Labrinth, the performers,[13] consist of: Chipmunk, Dot Rotten, Ed Sheeran, Ms. Dynamite, Mz. Bratt, Tulisa, Rizzle Kicks, Tinchy Stryder and Wretch 32.

The song was released in the United Kingdom on 13 November 2011[14][15][16][17][18][19] and entered the charts at number 24.[20]

Brad Mehldau

The song is covered as a piano version "Teardrop" – Live 14:14 on the album Brad Mehldau's 10 Years Solo Live.


  1. ^ "Massive Attack and Teardrop", Q Magazine, April 1999
  2. ^ Dave Simpson "Elizabeth Fraser: the Cocteau Twins and me". The Guardian. 26 November 2009
  3. ^ Pandora Archive. (23 August 2006). Retrieved on 9 December 2011.
  4. ^ Ford, Piers. (2004-05-01) Piers Ford, ''Prince of Darkness'', 1 May 2004. Retrieved on 9 December 2011.
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ a b "Newton Faulkner – Teardrop". Retrieved 13 October 2009. 
  7. ^ Newton Faulkner – Teardrop (Acoustic Version), Australian iTunes Music Store. (17 December 2007). Retrieved on 19 December 2011.
  8. ^ Denselow, Robin (2 February 2012). "O'Hooley & Tidow: The Fragile – review". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 March 2012. 
  9. ^ Jude Rogers; et al. (17 December 2012). "The best albums of 2012: our critics' individual choices". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 4 January 2013. 
  10. ^ [2] Teardrop Bahudari
  11. ^ Hung Medien Archive
  12. ^ The Sun Gordon Smart 'It's Gary Barlow and The Collective', Sept 12 2011. (2011-09-12). Retrieved on 2011-12-09.
  13. ^ Gary Barlow names Children in Need band 'The Collective' DigitalSpy, Retrieved 2011-10-04.
  14. ^ Digital Spy 7 October 2011. (2011-10-07). Retrieved on 2011-12-09.
  15. ^ The Collective: 'Teardrop' – Single review – Music Singles Review. Digital Spy (2011-11-14). Retrieved on 2011-12-09.
  16. ^ Ryan, Damien. (2011-11-17) Track review: The Collective – Teardrop (Official Children In Need Single) | So So Gay magazine Archived 20 November 2011 at the Wayback Machine.. Retrieved on 2011-12-09.
  17. ^ Haider, Arwa. (2011-11-25) The Collective's Teardrop and Lighthouse by Westlife: Single reviews. Retrieved on 2011-12-09.
  18. ^ THE GIZZLE REVIEW: The Collective – Teardrop. (2011-10-25). Retrieved on 2011-12-09.
  19. ^ Single Review: The Collective – 'Teardrop' Archived 19 November 2011 at the Wayback Machine.. Unreality Shout. Retrieved on 2011-12-09.
  20. ^ Gary Barlow's The Collective Are Biggest Children In Need Flops In 16 Years – Celebrity Gossip, News & Photos, Movie Reviews, Competitions Archived 11 January 2012 at the Wayback Machine.. Entertainmentwise (2011-11-21). Retrieved on 2011-12-09.
  21. ^ "Archive Chart: 2011-11-26". Scottish Singles Top 40.
  22. ^ "Archive Chart: 2011-11-26" UK Singles Chart.
  23. ^ "Archive Chart: 2011-11-26" UK R&B Chart.
  24. ^ Teardrop (feat. Labrinth, Tulisa Contostavlos, Chipmunk, Dot Rotten, Ed Sheeran, Ms. Dynamite, Mz Bratt, Rizzle Kicks, Tinchy Stryder & Wretch 32) – EP by The Collective iTunes

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