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Writing to Reach You

“Writing to Reach You” is the first single taken from Indie band Travis’ second studio album, The Man Who.

The song was written by Fran Healy, who admitted that he had written this song while listening “’74–’75” on the radio[1] and took the guitar chords from Oasis’ “Wonderwall”; as an overt acknowledgement of this, the song contains the lyric “and what’s a wonderwall, anyway?”. In 2004, both “Writing to Reach You” and “Wonderwall” were mixed with Green Day’s “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” in the popular mash up, “Boulevard of Broken Songs”. The single was the group’s first release in Japan and Australia, following their success in the United Kingdom. The song also earned Travis their first appearance on Top of the Pops. The single peaked at #14 on the UK Singles Chart. Fran was reading Letters to Felice from Franz Kafka while he wrote this song.

The video was directed by John Hardwick. It features Healy walking in the countryside and being attacked by a pair of innocent looking schoolchildren. They pelt him with stones and shoot him with arrows, only to find that he is wearing body armour, which he takes off with the arrows still embedded. They then ambush him with a Bf109 fighter aircraft.

Why Does It Always Rain on Me?

“Why Does It Always Rain on Me?” is a song by Scottish band Travis, released as the third single from their second studio album, The Man Who. The song became the group’s international breakthrough single, receiving recognition around the world. It was their first Top 10 hit on the UK Singles Chart, peaking at number 10. The song also peaked at number 11 in Australia, and achieved success in Japan and America.

The song was written by frontman Fran Healy who wrote the song while on holiday in Israel. He wanted to go somewhere sunny because in his hometown of Glasgow it rained all the time. In an interview at the Live 8 concert, he explained that he was spending a short holiday in the southern vacation city of Eilat, Israel in the middle of the winter.[1] The city is known for its hot weather even during winter time, but surprisingly it began to rain for two days during his stay.

When Travis began to perform this song at the 1999 Glastonbury Festival, after being sunny for several hours, it began to rain exactly when the first line was sung.

In a poll by listeners of Absolute Radio the song was ranked 39th on a list of the top 100 songs of the 1990s.

Where You Stand (song)

“Where You Stand” is a song by alternative rock band Travis, written by Dougie Payne, Holly Partridge and Fran Healy. It was released on 30 April 2013 as the lead single from the band’s seventh studio album, Where You Stand.[1]

A music video for the song was released onto YouTube on 30 April 2013.[2] The video was directed by Blair Young and Travis’ lead singer Fran Healy, and cinematographed by David Liddell.[3]

Walking in the Sun

“Walking in the Sun” is a song by Scottish Indie rock band Travis. It was released in as the only single from their compilation album, Singles. The single peaked at #20 in the UK Singles Chart. Like the Singles album cover, the single artwork shows photographs of the band.

The music video features Healy walking down Pitshanger Lane, Ealing with hidden booby traps and obstacles. He cheats death numerous times before meeting the Grim Reaper. The other members of the band are seen at the end of the lane, performing the song while waiting for Healy to arrive.

U16 Girls

“U16 Girls” is the second single released from Indie band Travis’ debut album, Good Feeling. The single was released on 1 April 1997 in the United Kingdom.

In an interview with NME, Fran Healy described the song as, “A tongue-in-cheek warning about the dangers of getting into a relationship with a girl who, despite looking much older, is actually under the legal age of consent.” As the age of consent in Scotland is 16, Healy named the song “U16 Girls”. The single’s artwork depicts a surfboard which was designed by The Stone Roses guitarist John Squire. The surfboard is decorated with lyrics from Beach Boys songs. The single charted at number forty on the UK Singles Chart.

Turn (Travis song)

“Turn” is the fourth single from Indie band Travis’ second studio album, The Man Who. The single peaked at the number eight position on the UK Singles Chart.

Two music videos were shot for the single. The first video, included on the group’s Singles DVD, features Healy engaged in a push-up contest. This video was filmed in Hackney on a dis-used council estate. The estate has since been demolished. The second featured a staged performance by the band.

Good Feeling (album)

Good Feeling is the debut album from Scottish alternative rock band Travis. The album was originally released on 26 September 1997, on Independiente Records.[8]

In 2000, the album was re-released, with the only differences being new album artwork and a slightly-tweaked version of “More Than Us”.[9] The album itself has a much more up-beat and ‘rockier’ sound than their subsequent releases, and is often regarded as one of their best.[10]

Once set up in London the band spent between nine months and a year recording new songs.[11] The band played their first London show at the famous Dublin Castle in Camden. With around twenty good songs ready they then approached managers Colin Lester and Ian McAndrew of Wildlife Entertainment who then introduced the band to Andy MacDonald, owner of Go! Discs Records and founder of Independiente Records. Sensing greatness, he negotiated with Wildlife Entertainment and signed Travis for a reputed £100,000 of his own money.[citation needed] The band is signed to MacDonald personally, not to the label—if MacDonald ever leaves the Sony-financed label Independiente Records, the band goes with him (commonly referred to in the industry as a “golden handcuffs” clause).

Song to Self

“Song To Self” is the third and final single from Indie band Travis’ sixth studio album, Ode to J. Smith, released on 5 January 2009.

An extended version of Song To Self, which features a middle 8 and an additional chorus, is included on the 7″ vinyl pressing.[1] The music video for the song depicts singer Fran Healy emphasising the theme of loneliness in the lyrics of the song.[2] The video received heavy airplay in Mexico, especially on VH1 Latin America.

Something Anything

“Something Anything” is the second single taken from Indie band Travis’ sixth studio album Ode To J. Smith. The single peaked at #113 on the UK Singles Chart.

The single was released on 15 September 2008. It is the first Travis single not to be written by singer Fran Healy, as bassist Dougie Payne is credited to having co-written the song. It was the only song on the album not to be written during a 5-week album sessions writing period, and was instead written months later. Payne also wrote the B-side, “Tail of the Tiger”.[1] The artwork of the single shows a heart, with a hole in either side, representing the main song and two b-sides, as confirmed by singer Fran Healy.[2]

 

Sing (Travis song)

“Sing” is the lead single from indie rock band Travis’ third studio album, The Invisible Band. It was released in the United Kingdom on 28 May 2001, following an extensive five-week promotional campaign. The song reached a peak position of number three on the UK Singles Chart.[1] “Sing” was a worldwide success, reaching top ten in several countries in Europe and Latin America. The song can be heard in The Office on various occasions as the unofficial song of Jim Halpert and Pam Beesley. The song is noted for its prominent use of the banjo (played by Andy Dunlop), a country music instrument then considered rare for mainstream pop.

The music video features the band visiting a large country house for dinner and getting into a massive food fight with the residents. The video premièred in on 20 April 2001, on Top of the Pops. When the single reached number three, the band were invited on to Top of the Pops, where they re-enacted the food fight for a live performance. This performance is sometimes used instead of the main video.

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