Lazy (X-Press 2 song)

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X-Press 2 - Lazy (feat. David Byrne).jpg
Single by X-Press 2 featuring David Byrne
from the album Muzikizum
Released 11 March 2002
Format CD single
Recorded 2001
Genre Deep house[1]
Length 6:58 (album version)
4:17 (radio edit)
Label Skint
Songwriter(s) X-Press 2, David Byrne
Producer(s) X-Press 2
X-Press 2 singles chronology
"Smoke Machine"
"I Want You Back"

"Smoke Machine"
"I Want You Back"

"Lazy" is a single by English house duo X-Press 2, featuring vocals from American singer and Talking Heads frontman David Byrne. It was written and produced by X-Press 2 and co-written by Byrne. The song was released on 11 March 2002 through Skint Records and reached number two on the UK Singles Chart, held off number one by "Unchained Melody" by Gareth Gates,[2] and spent four weeks in the UK top 10.

"Lazy" won the Ivors Dance Award at the Ivor Novello Awards in 2003.[3]

Critical reception[edit]

Writing in The Guardian, Gary Mullholland called the song "a cheery dance-pop record",[4] whilst Helen Brown praised it as a "glorious dancefloor collaboration".[5] Josh Baines of Vice, however, gave it a negative review and said that it "sounds like something you'd hear on an advert for a new dishwasher".[6]

Music video[edit]

The music video features an extremely lazy man who has created a series of contraptions that enable him to go through his daily routine without moving at all. The video begins two shots of a bath with a green hosepipe covering the tap. We than see a transparent pipe in the toilet, with what appears to be urine flowing through it; the camera follows the pipe all the way back to the man, who is urinating into it while sitting on a sofa. He pulls a number of levers with different labels on them, such as "Coffee", "Eggs" and "Toast". He also leans back and has a shower wash his hair automatically, after which it is dried by a hair dryer and combed. The man then presses a button which activates a remote-controlled car (or "robot", as it is referred to in the video). As it collects his breakfast, he starts lies on his side and begins watching TV, but can't find anything on that is worth watching, so he pulls another lever which is labelled "Video"; this results in a robotic arm pushing a video labelled "X-Press 2" into the VCR. The video plays a workout video called "XPress-ercise 2", which features four women in thin black outfits. Upon seeing this, the man likes it and sits up. He uses another robotic arm to pick up the phone and hold it to his ear so that he can call someone. When the robot arrives with breakfast, the man sees it and hangs up. He stretches to try and reach the food but falls off the sofa. He then continues to stretch but to avail. Looking to his right, he sees a half-eaten Snickers which is covered in dust. Not wanting to stand up and collect his toast, eggs and coffee and continuing to have no luck stretching for them, he grabs the Snickers and starts eating it.[7]

Live performances[edit]

During a performance on Top of the Pops, X-Press 2 sat on a bunk bed and at a desk.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Coultas, Jimmy (27 January 2014). "X-Press 2 Interview". Skiddle. Retrieved 8 March 2017. 
  2. ^ "Gates stays at number one". BBC News. BBC. 14 April 2002. Retrieved 7 October 2015. 
  3. ^ "Ivor Novello Awards 2003: Winners". BBC. 
  4. ^ Mulholland, Garry (18 September 2005). "'Give It' by X-Press 2 feat. Kurt Wagner". The Guardian. Retrieved 12 June 2018. 
  5. ^ Brown, Helen (20 October 2005). "Perfect playlist: Talking Heads". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 12 June 2018. 
  6. ^ Baines, Josh (25 April 2017). "15 Years on and "Lazy" by X-Press 2 Still Makes Me Feel a Bit Queasy". Vice. Retrieved 12 June 2018. 
  7. ^ "X-Press 2 Ft. David Byrne - Lazy [OFFICIAL VIDEO]". YouTube. 9 November 2012. Retrieved 3 March 2016. 
  8. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Lazy". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 7 October 2015.
  9. ^ " – X-press 2 – Lazy". Top Digital Download. Retrieved 23 September 2015.
  10. ^ " – X-press 2 – Lazy" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 12 June 2018.
  11. ^ " – X-press 2 – Lazy". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 10 November 2017.
  12. ^ "". Retrieved November 24, 2015. 
  13. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 16 October 2015.
  14. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 23 September 2015.
  15. ^ "Official Dance Singles Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 7 October 2015.
  16. ^ "Official Independent Singles Chart Top 50". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 8 January 2016.
  17. ^ "X-Press 2 Chart History (Hot Dance/Electronic Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 8 October 2015.
  18. ^ "2002 UK Year-end Charts" (PDF). UKChartsPlus (PDF). Retrieved 7 March 2017.