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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.

Side (song)

“Side” is the second single taken from Scottish indie rock band Travis’ third studio album, The Invisible Band. The single peaked at number 14 on the UK Singles Chart.

The video for the song has a UFO theme, similar to The X-Files television series. The video begins with three boys looking for UFOs through their bedroom skylight. When one hovers overhead, they go outside and follow it, only for it to land in a cavern in the desert, where they find Travis performing the song. At the end of the video, the band are abducted by aliens while they are performing out in the desert. Fittingly, the clip ends with a newspaper article regarding their disappearance, which coincides with the sightings.

Selfish Jean

“Selfish Jean” is a song by Scottish alternative rock band Travis, released as the second single from their fifth studio album, The Boy with No Name on 9 July 2007.[1]

The title of the song is a reference to The Selfish Gene, a popular science book about evolution by Richard Dawkins. The song was written by Fran Healy in 2005 in his apartment in New York, and was demoed using Healy’s own computer. He sampled the drum intro from the Iggy Pop song “Lust For Life”, looped it to create a basic rhythm, and then played the song and recorded vocals over the top of the rhythm track. The demo was then taken to Travis drummer Neil Primrose as an example of what to play, and thus, the song exists in its current form. The lyrics for the song’s bridge are taken directly from an earlier B-side, “Standing On My Own”, which appeared on the 1997 single “Tied to the 90s”.

The single found its way onto the BBC Radio 2 playlist, receiving around twenty plays per week. Even though it charted at a relatively disappointing No. 30 on the UK Singles Chart, it is a song much loved by Travis fans and is performed at a majority of Travis concerts. B-sides for the single include the newly written song “You Bring Me Down”, as well as two Squeeze covers—”Is That Love” and “Pulling Mussels (From the Shell)”.

The music video was released on the band’s MySpace page [2] before the release of The Boy with No Name. Directed by American comedian Demetri Martin, the video features Martin who begins by wearing 19 T-shirts with words and pictures to illustrate lyrics from the song, removing them to progressively reveal the T-shirts underneath. Some of these T-shirts have been recreated for sale: ‘Aaaaahh… Selfish Jean’, stretching from the back and rotating around to the front, and ‘Art, Music, Jaffa Cakes’, with additional tick boxes, which have been very popular among fans.

My Eyes (Travis song)

My Eyes is the third and final single released by Indie band Travis from their fifth studio album, The Boy With No Name. The song was released on 17 September 2007.

The track first appeared on a twelve-track sampler album given away free in the Mail on Sunday. Healy wrote the song the day after he found out he was to become a father. The lyrics of the song depict the moment when he found out. The video for the song shows the band in a water slide juxtaposed with a pregnant bride, who represent’s Healy’s wife, on her way to hospital to give birth.[1] The song was also used in an episode of the seventh season of the TV show Smallville.

Moving (Travis song)

“Moving” is a song by alternative rock band Travis. It was released on 1 July 2013[2] as the second single to promote the band’s seventh studio album, Where You Stand. “Moving” was written by the band’s bassist Dougie Payne.[3] The song has charted in Japan.

In an album commentary, Dougie Payne said the song was inspired by his frequent moves, and the feeling of moving house every six months: “It was kinda this notion of this perpetual motion.”[4]

In an interview with The Daily Telegraph music critic Neil McCormick, Travis frontman Fran Healy said, “There was a moment, when my son Clay was two, and we were looking at the little globe in the house, and I was going, here’s where Nana is, and here’s Australia, and he said, ‘Where do you live, Papa?’ My heart broke. I was going, ‘I live here with you’, and he had this incredulous look on his face – ‘no, you don’t.’ And he really meant it, because we spent so much time touring.”[1][5]

A music video for the song was released onto YouTube on 1 July 2013.[6] It was directed by Tom “Wriggles” Wrigglesworth and Matt “Robins” Robinson.[7] The video is based on a concept from Wriggles & Robins’ short film titled Love Is in the Air, released for Valentine’s Day 2013.[8][9] It shows Travis band members standing in cold air, with a series of animations projected into their breaths, telling a story of a character that runs, flies and swims, among others. In some of the scenes, the animation becomes a mirror image of Travis vocalist Fran Healy.[10] The video was filmed in real time, using no post production.[6] On 8 July 2013, a making-of video was released onto YouTube.[11]

More Than Us

“More Than Us” is the fifth and final single to be released from Indie band Travis’ debut album Good Feeling. It became the group’s first UK Singles Chart Top 20 single, and is known for being the song that influenced their mainstream breakthrough. The single was released under the title of the More Than Us E.P., as both physical releases featured three previously unreleased recordings. The single’s artwork, which depicts a rear view of four chairs behind a table, is strikingly similar to the cover for the band’s 2000 single, “Coming Around”.

Love Will Come Through

“Love Will Come Through” is the third single released from Indie band Travis’ fourth studio album, 12 Memories. The single peaked at #28 on the UK Singles Chart.

The song was originally composed for the Moonlight Mile soundtrack. It appeared in the movie trailer for Garden State in 2004, as well as the final, unaired episode of Wonderfalls. The song later appeared in Grey’s Anatomy. The song is considered a return to the more recognizable Travis sound, since the last two singles represented a darker, experimental side.

Fran Healy described the song as “a song about love, not in the classic context of that sort of Hollywood love, you know the one that you see in the pictures “I love you, I love you too”, it’s not like that. It’s love that you have with your mum and your dad and your friends and stuff, love that equals hope in the face of everything, the love that conquers all, and its dedicated to that love”.[citation needed]

Two videos were made for the song. The official video was directed by Arni & Kinski, and was filmed in the Warsaw district of Praga. It features the band performing the song in a social club to a group of family and friends. The alternate version, referred to as the “Haar Schnitt” video, was directed by Anton Corbijn, and features footage of Fran Healy and other members of the band during their home life.[1]

J. Smith (song)

“J. Smith” is the first single from Indie band Travis’ sixth studio album Ode to J. Smith, released as a limited-edition E.P. on both 10″ vinyl and as a download, with only 1,000 copies made of the 10-inch. The song reached #1 on the UK Indie Chart on 6 July 2008, mainly due to strong downloads.[1]

Although the songs from Ode to J. Smith were previewed in a series of live shows in February 2008, the studio recordings were not intended to be heard until the official release. However, KCRW, an American radio station, got hold of an illegal copy of J. Smith, and played it on air several times, and subsequently, mp3 files of the song were made and distributed, which Fran Healy contested to on the official forum.[2] The physical single release was not intended for announcement until late June, however, online retailer Recordstore announced the item for sale on 5 June, meaning that despite an official announcement being made, fans would now know what the first single was going to be. The information was discussed on the band’s official forum within hours.[3] Healy posted on the forum that evening, claiming that the band had not intended Recordstore to announce the information, and that the original plan was to gradually release the information to increase excitement.[4]

Fran Healy explained on Travis’ official website about the writing of “J. Smith”. He said, “The riff came from nowhere. The strange thing was, I knew immediately these chords were important in some way… When Neilly arrived I played the chords, he played along and we instantly found the pattern. It is the best drum line Neilly has ever done… Dougie then picked up the bass line like he’d been practising it all week… There isn’t a bit of fat on the song. Every note, every beat, is perfect.” He also adds that Paul McCartney and Luke Pritchard both complimented the song when they first heard it.[5]

Flowers in the Window

“Flowers in the Window” is the third and final single from indie band Travis’ third studio album, The Invisible Band. The track topped the British Airplay charts and debuted at #18 on the UK Singles Chart.

The song was written long before the release of their second album, The Man Who, and although he is uncredited on the album, it was co-written by Paul McCartney. In an interview for Rate Your Music, Healy claimed, “I met McCartney whilst recording a television programme, and I played him an unfinished track from the new album. He said: ‘That’s a great little song.’ He helped us finish the ending, but we didn’t give him a credit on the sleeve.”[1]

During live performances of the song, it is typically dedicated to members of the band or stage crew who have reached a significant moment in a relationship. For example, during the 12 Memories tour in 2003, it was dedicated to the lighting manager who had just had a child. In 2007, whilst playing at the Hammersmith Apollo, it was dedicated to their touring pianist Klaus, who had become engaged the day before.

The video features the band walking around a small town in South Africa where all the residents are pregnant women. The band enter a clinic where women are staying and begin to perform the song. A chained up man appears at the end of the video in apparent distress suggesting that he has been held captive and forced to father children for the women. An alternate version of the video also uses clips from the movie Saved!.

Driftwood (Travis song)

“Driftwood” is the second single taken from Indie band Travis’ second studio album, The Man Who. It became their biggest hit single up to that point, peaking at #13 on the UK Singles Chart.[1]

The music video features Healy playing a photographer in a school, about to take a picture of all the pupils. He keeps looking at the blue sky, to see if the weather is perfect, which it is. After the pupils line up, the rest of the band show up, as do the other teachers. Healy then sets the timer, and runs to his seat to wait for the camera to take the picture, but then, it starts to rain heavily. All the pupils stand up and run to shelter, whilst the band members stay in their seats, with the rain pouring down at them still. The music video was filmed in St Philomena’s Catholic High School for Girls, located in Carshalton, Surrey. Travis later reprised the teaching roles portrayed in the video for a cameo role in the 2007 comedy-drama film Son of Rambow.[citation needed]

Coming Around (Travis song)

“Coming Around” is a song by Scottish Indie rock band Travis, released in June 2000 as a stand-alone single, although it was subsequently added to a limited edition Special Live Edition of The Man Who. The single peaked at #5 in the UK Singles Chart. One of the single’s B-sides is a cover of “The Weight”, a popular song by The Band. The single’s artwork shows a rear view of two chairs behind a table, a reference to the band’s earlier single, More Than Us, which featured a similar image, except with four chairs instead of two.

In 2012, the band Counting Crows re-recorded this song for their album Underwater Sunshine.

Closer (Travis song)

“Closer” is a song by Scottish band Travis, released as the first single from their fifth studio album, The Boy with No Name, on 23 April 2007. The single peaked at #10 on the UK Singles Chart.
The song is featured in sports video game FIFA 08.

The music video[1] features the band as clerks in a supermarket with Healy as the mascot. When fed up with his job, he goes inside and starts singing on the speaker system. Payne, who was working at the register completely bored, takes out his bass and Dunlop and Primrose are dancing with the customers. When their boss, Ben Stiller in a cameo, hears music, he tries to find out where it comes from but it stops as soon as he looks out of his office. The music then resumes when Stiller goes back to his office. The video ends with the band leaving the supermarket together. The only instrument that appears is Payne’s bass, whilst the rest of the band have nothing. Fran Healy is seen wearing a Radio Clyde T-shirt that reads “Radio Clyde 261”. The T-shirt actually originated from Frank Zappa who wore a red version of the shirt previously. The video was directed by Michael Baldwin, who has also directed videos for Gabriella Cilmi, Dave Matthews Band, and Melanie C, among others.

Another Guy

“Another Guy” is a song by Scottish alternative rock band Travis. The song was released onto their official website on 20 March 2013 as a pre-single teaser for their seventh studio album, Where You Stand.[1]

A lo-fi music video for the song, shot on VHS,[1] was helmed by German feature director Wolfgang Becker and cinematographed by Jürgen Jürges. It was released onto YouTube on 20 March 2013.[2] Nick Knight of Promo News wrote: “It’s a wonderfully absurd comedy exploring a dynamic of crumbling love and trust between the members of Travis, the catalyst being the presence of another guy who happens to be played with a certain level of menace by the director himself.”[3]

All I Want to Do Is Rock

“All I Want to Do is Rock” is the debut single from Scottish band, Travis. Originally released as a 10″ vinyl on the Red Telephone Box label in 1996, it was fully re-released by Independiente Records a year later, after the band signed with the label to record Good Feeling. The band frequently refers to the track as their “theme song” or their “national anthem”, and as of 2009, have added the song back onto their live set lists. The song later appeared as a snippet on Hellboy 2.

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