Alarm Call

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"Alarm Call"
Alarm call.jpg
Single by Björk
from the album Homogenic
B-side
  • "All Is Full of Love"
  • "So Broken"
  • "Hunter"
Released 30 November 1998
Format
Genre Dance-pop[1]
Length 3:38 (radio edit)
3:44 (video edit)
Label One Little Indian
Songwriter(s) Björk
Producer(s)
Björk singles chronology
"Hunter"
(1998)
"Alarm Call"
(1998)
"All Is Full of Love"
(1999)
"Hunter"
(1998)
"Alarm Call"
(1998)
"All Is Full of Love"
(1999)

"Alarm Call" is a song recorded by Icelandic singer Björk for her third studio album Homogenic (1997). It was released as the fourth single from the album, peaking at number 33 in the UK.

The sped-up "radio version" of the song (which was also featured in the video) was used in the 1999 film The Mod Squad.

Background[edit]

The song speaks of re-awakening through music and it was originally labelled "Jacko" on the Homogenic demo tape.[2] Björk explained "I think that music has the power to change the things, and that's what I wanted to show on Alarm Call". It is the only single from Homogenic that was not included on Greatest Hits.

Music video[edit]

Björk in the jungle in the Alarm Call music video.

The first music video for "Alarm Call" was directed by Paul White from Me Company, the design firm that produced the artwork of Homogenic and Post, and their respective singles, and it featured Björk in a similar dressing as the one featured on the Homogenic album cover, with a special dance scene in Los Angeles Subway.[3] However, Björk was not convinced with the result and a second video was directed by fashion designer Alexander McQueen and filmed in February 1998, over a two-day period in London.[4] She told MTV News that she felt that the music video industry needed a "spank on the bum", and that McQueen was the man to do the video. "I haven't seen many fashion shows in my life, but you go to his shows and you come out feeling like anything is possible"; she went on to describe McQueen as a "guy with a powerful and fluid mind who could direct films, build castles, and write music". He wrote up a nearly 100-page treatment of his ideas for the video.[5] It features Björk floating on a raft on a river in the jungle and her scenes are intercut with footage of snakes, crocodiles, and other animals, with Björk playing with them. The version of the song used on the video is the Radio Mix by Andy Bradfield and Mark Bell.[6]

Track listings[edit]

EU CD
  1. "Alarm Call" (radio mix)
  2. "Alarm Call" (French Dub)
  3. "Alarm Call" (Potage du Jour)
  4. "Alarm Call" (Gangsta)
  5. "Alarm Call" (Bjeck Mix)
UK CD1
  1. "Alarm Call" (radio mix)
  2. "Alarm Call" (Rhythmic Phonetics Mix) (by Matmos)
  3. "Alarm Call" (Bjeck Mix)
UK CD2
  1. "Alarm Call" (Potage du Jour) (by Mark Bell)
  2. "Alarm Call" (French Edit)
  3. "Alarm Call" (French Dub)
UK CD3
  1. "Alarm Call" (Phunk You) (by Mark Bell)
  2. "Alarm Call" (Gangsta) (by Mark Bell)
  3. "Alarm Call" (Locked) (by Mark Bell)
12" vinyl 1
  1. "Alarm Call" (Bjeck Mix)
  2. "Alarm Call" (Rhythmic Phonetics Mix) (by Matmos)
  3. "Alarm Call" (Speech Therapy Mix) (by Matmos)
12" vinyl 2
  1. "Alarm Call" (Enough is Enough Mix)
  2. "Alarm Call" (Rise and Shine Mix)
  3. "All Is Full of Love" (All is Full of Lies Mix)
12" vinyl 3
  1. "Alarm Call" (Reprosession Mix)
  2. "So Broken" (DJ Krust Mix)
12" vinyl 4
  1. "Alarm Call" (Alan Braxe & Ben Diamond Remix)
  2. "Alarm Call" (Teasmade Dub)
  3. "Alarm Call" (Alan Braxe & Ben Diamond Edit)
12" vinyl 5
  1. "Alarm Call" (radio mix)
  2. "Alarm Call" (album version)
  3. "Alarm Call" (Snooze Button Mix)
  4. "Hunter" (Moodswing Remix)
12" vinyl 6
  1. "Alarm Call" (Potage Du Jour)
  2. "Alarm Call" (Locked)
  3. "Alarm Call" (Phunk You)

Charts[edit]

Chart (1998) Peak
position
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[7] 33

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