Setting Sun (The Chemical Brothers song)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

"Setting Sun"
The Chemical Brothers - Setting Sun single cover.png
Single by The Chemical Brothers featuring Noel Gallagher
from the album Dig Your Own Hole
B-side"Buzz Tracks"
Released30 September 1996 (1996-09-30)
Producer(s)The Chemical Brothers
The Chemical Brothers singles chronology
"Life Is Sweet"
"Setting Sun"
"Where Do I Begin"
Noel Gallagher singles chronology
"Setting Sun"
"Let Forever Be"

"Setting Sun" is a song by The Chemical Brothers with vocals by Noel Gallagher. It was released as a single in 1996 from their second album Dig Your Own Hole and reached number one on the UK Singles Chart.

Pitchfork ranked it at number 43 in their list of the Top 200 Tracks of the 1990s.[2] The Guardian called it, alongside Underworld's "Born Slippy .NUXX", the "most experimental and sonically extreme hit [single] of the 90s."[1]


Gallagher used an old Oasis song, "Comin' on Strong", as the basis for the lyrics to "Setting Sun". Both songs are heavily influenced by the Beatles' Revolver track "Tomorrow Never Knows."

Music video[edit]

The video was directed by Dom and Nic and features artist Lexi Strauss. In the video, it shows the prospect of a rave party through the eyes of a bewildered young woman, it can be seen the woman chasing a personification of her nightmare through the party. The video mixes a disturbing psychological confusion with moments of humoristic imagination (for example: the woman sees police dancing breakdance); the Chemical Brothers briefly appear, leaving the party with their record cases.

Track listing[edit]


UK and US releases
1."Setting Sun"5:23
2."Setting Sun (radio edit)"4:00
3."Buzz Tracks"4:11
4."Setting Sun (instrumental)"7:01
Japan release
1."Setting Sun"5:22
2."Setting Sun (radio edit)"4:00
3."Buzz Tracks"4:12
4."Setting Sun (instrumental)"7:00
5."Loops of Fury"4:41
6."Chemical Beats (Dave Clarke remix)"5:04

12" vinyl[edit]

1."Setting Sun"5:22
2."Buzz Tracks"4:00
3."Setting Sun (instrumental)"7:00

Featured in other media[edit]



Region Certification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[12] Silver 200,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ a b Petridis, Alexis (14 February 2004). "The rebirth of art rock". the Guardian.
  2. ^ "The Top 200 Tracks of the 1990s: 50-21 - Pitchfork".
  3. ^ " – The Chemical Brothers – Setting Sun". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved 11 July 1996.
  4. ^ "The Chemical Brothers: Setting Sun" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved 11 July 1996.
  5. ^ "Íslenski Listinn Topp 40 (31.10. – 6.11. '96)". Dagblaðið Vísir (in Icelandic). 1 November 1996. Retrieved 2 October 2019.
  6. ^ " – The Chemical Brothers – Setting Sun". VG-lista. Retrieved 11 July 1996.
  7. ^ " – The Chemical Brothers – Setting Sun". Singles Top 100. Retrieved 11 July 1996.
  8. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 5 April 1997.
  9. ^ "The Chemical Brothers Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved 1 February 1997.
  10. ^ "Årslista Singlar – År 1996" (in Swedish). Topplistan. Archived from the original on 27 September 2015. Retrieved 2 July 2019.
  11. ^ "Najlepsze single na UK Top 40-1996 wg sprzedaży" (in Polish). Official Charts Company. Archived from the original on 4 June 2015. Retrieved 28 March 2019.
  12. ^ "British single certifications – Chemical Brothers – Setting Sun". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 28 March 2019. Select singles in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Type Setting Sun in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.

External links[edit]