Insomnia - Faithless
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"Insomnia" is a song produced by british trip-hop/dance band Faithless. It was released in November 1995 as their second single and it soon became succesful, peaking at #27 in the UK dance charts in 1995 and #3 in 1996. It also showed its longevity when it reached #48 as a re-entry in 2005. The version featured in the original album is nearly nine minutes long and contained some bells ringing at the start, usually unknown to clubbers, who were used to listening to the Monster Remix of the song. It also was ignored by radios due to its explicit lyrics. Maxi Jazz, the vocalist of the song, sings as an insomniac, attempting to sleep ("I toss and I turn without cease, like a curse, open my eyes and rise like yeast/At least a couple of weeks since I last slept, kept takin' sleepers, but now I keep myself pepped"). This is a very popular subject amongst dance music fans, as use of drugs/stimulants is deeply rooted in club/rave culture, thus making insomnia a common side-effect. Faithless have also expressed their annoyance at German DJ/producer Sash!, to whom they have addressed accuses of plagiarism, having reused elements of the song for his single "Encore Une Fois".
Formed in 1995 by Sister Bliss, Faithless was a London, England, United Kingdom-based group of musicians whose music is described by one of their band members as a cross between trip-hop and techno. The four original members of Faithless were vocalist/rapper Maxi Jazz, keyboardist/producer Sister Bliss, instrumentalist/vocalist Jamie Catto and keyboardist/producer Rollo Armstrong. Jamie Catto (now in 1 Giant Leap) left after their second album, Sunday 8PM, which was released in 1998. Show more ...
And I need to get some rest, Yo, where's the Cess,
I confess, I burnt a hole in the mattress,
Yes, yes, it was me, I plead guilty,
And on the count of three I pull back the duvet,
Make my way to the refrigerator,
One dry potato inside, no lie
Not even bread, jam,
When the light above my head went bam!
I can't sleep, something's all over me,
Greasy, insomnia please release me,
And let me dream about making mad love on the heath,
Tearing off tights with my teeth.
But there's no relief,
I'm wide awake in my kitchen,
It's black and I'm lonely,
Oh, if I could only get some sleep,
Creeky noises make my skin creep,
I need to get some sleep,
I can't get no sleep....