“Fireworks” (released 5 May 1997 on 7″, CD) is a song by English rock band Embrace, released as the group’s first EP, and the first to reach the top 40 in the UK (#34). This was an EP, consisting of 3 songs from the debut album “The Good Will Out”, which reached #1 in the UK charts. It was mixed by renowned dub and electronica artist Ott. The popular and well recognised b-side “Blind”, was released on the North American version of the album.
“One Big Family” (released 7 July 1997) was the second single by English band Embrace, from their debut album The Good Will Out. It narrowly missed the top 20, peaking at 21. Many people do not realise that the lead track on this EP was actually sung by guitarist Richard McNamara, rather than Embrace’s usual singer, his brother Danny.
The songs “Dry Kids” and “Butter Wouldn’t Melt” are featured on the B-sides compilation, Dry Kids: B-Sides 1997-2005. The B-side “Dry Kids” gave the name to the collection.
Templecloud have covered the song for use in a KFC advert.
“All You Good Good People” is the debut single by English rock band Embrace, on the Fierce Panda label. Only 1300 copies were made in February 1997, but the airplay received by key radio shows was enough to gain significant recognition. The single was released on 17 February 1997, peaking at number 8 in the UK singles chart later in the year. The 1300 originals, mixed by renowned dub and electronica artist Ott, are now collectors items.
All tracks written by Danny McNamara and Richard McNamara.
“Come Back to What You Know” is a song by English rock band Embrace, released as the 4th single from their debut album The Good Will Out on 25 May 1998. Quite possibly their most renowned song, it remained the band’s highest charting single, reaching number 6 in the UK singles chart, until the release of “Nature’s Law”.
The song “Love Is Back” is featured on the B-sides compilation Dry Kids: B-Sides 1997-2005.
My Weakness Is None of Your Business is a song by English rock band Embrace, the band’s fifth single release. It was released on 17 August 1998 and became the third top 10 single from their debut album The Good Will Out, peaking at number nine in the UK then the next week disappearing from the UK Top 40 at No.44, a chart record at the time.
CD2 contains 3 songs from the album performed live at Abbey Road Studios, and is part of an EP of songs recorded live during the “Abbey Road Sessions” that was released the same year.
“Hooligan” (released 1 November 1999) is a song by English rock band Embrace, which became their sixth Top 40 single (#18 in the UK), and the first from their second album Drawn From Memory. It is one of only two singles so far to be sung entirely by Richard (the other one being “One Big Family”) rather than the band’s lead singer Danny.
The song “I’ve Been Running” is featured on the B-sides compilation Dry Kids: B-Sides 1997-2005.
“You’re Not Alone” (released 13 March 2000) is a song by English rock band Embrace, the most successful from their second studio album Drawn from Memory. It is considered to have a Motown influence.
“Brothers and Sisters” ranks as one of their most popular b-sides and is one of the few that both brothers have vocals on. “Happy and Lost” gave name to their main fansite.
The song “Brothers and Sisters” is featured on the b-sides compilation Dry Kids: B-Sides 1997-2005.
“Save Me” (released 22 May 2000) is a song by English rock band Embrace, released as the third single from their second studio album Drawn From Memory. It only reached twenty-nine in the chart, but remains one of their most popular songs. The song is known for its complex bass line performed by Steve Firth. One of the B-sides to CD1, “Still So Young”, was written by the band’s drummer, Mike Heaton.
The second version of the single features dance remixes of the same song as b-sides. One of these remixes is attributed to “Reverend Bass”; this is an alias for band’s own Richard McNamara.
“Wonder” is a single by English rock band Embrace, released on 20 August 2001 (see 2001 in music). It was the first single from their third studio album, If You’ve Never Been and peaked at #14 on the UK Singles Chart. It was the song used by the BBC as a highlights clip, to celebrate England’s victory over Argentina in the 2002 football World Cup. It was also used in the pilot episode of the American TV serie Smallville.
“Make It Last” is a single by English rock band Embrace, released on 5 November 2001 (see 2001 in music). It was the second and final single from their third studio album, If You’ve Never Been, and peaked at #35 on the UK Top 75 charts.
Tracking Listing :
“Make It Last” (single version)
“Fight Yer Corner”
“It’s You I Make It For”
“Make It Last” (video)
“Gravity” is the lead single from Out of Nothing, the fourth album by English rock band Embrace. Written by Coldplay, the song was first performed live by Coldplay in 2002. Ultimately, Chris Martin gave the song to Embrace. “Gravity” peaked at #7 on the UK Singles Chart. It was released on CD format and red 7″ vinyl. It later became the theme song to the TV show Mike Bassett: Manager, starring Ricky Tomlinson.
The B-side, “Wasted”, started off as “Logical Love Song” and was originally conceived during the Drawn from Memory sessions.
“Gravity” was re-recorded by Coldplay in late 2005 and is included as a B-side to their single “Talk”.
The songs “Too Many Times”, “The Shot’s Still Ringing”, and “Waterfall” are featured on the B-sides compilation Dry Kids: B-Sides 1997-2005.
The song was used in Series 2 Episode 7 of Gavin and Stacey when Nessa was giving birth to “Neil The Baby”.
“Ashes” is the second single from English rock band Embrace’s fourth studio album, Out of Nothing. This release was publicised by a fan campaign called G.A.T.N.O (Get Ashes to Number One). The song reached number 11.
The B-side, “Flaming Red Hair”, started life as a cover version of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”. Another B-side, “How Come”, was originally performed on Jo Whiley’s BBC Radio 1 show.
The songs “Maybe I Wish”, “Flaming Red Hair”, and a live version of “How Come” are featured on the B-sides compilation Dry Kids: B-Sides 1997–2005.
The song featured on the soundtrack of FIFA 06.
In the late summer of 2010, the track gained American notoriety through use in a commercial promoting the video game Madden NFL 11 that primarily aired on ESPN.
On 14 August 2014, Reading FC fans chose “Ashes” as their official club anthem.
The song was featured in the Veronica Mars episode “Normal Is the Watchword”.
“Looking As You Are” is the third single from English rock band Embrace’s fourth studio album, Out of Nothing. It reached number eleven on the UK Singles Chart.
The song, “Madelaine”, is featured on the B-sides compilation, Dry Kids: B-Sides 1997-2005.
Released – 14 February 2005
Writer(s) – Danny McNamara and Richard McNamara
Producer(s) – Youth, Embrace
“A Glorious Day” is the fourth single from English rock band Embrace’s fourth studio album, Out of Nothing. This single was released to coincide with the band’s “Glorious Day” open air gigs on 28 and 29 May 2005, at Millennium Square in Leeds, England. The song went to number twenty eight on the UK Singles Chart.
The songs “Milk and Honey” and “Feels Like Glue” are featured on the B-sides compilation Dry Kids: B-Sides 1997-2005.
“Nature’s Law” is a song by English band Embrace and is featured on their fifth album, This New Day. It was released 20 March 2006 as the lead single from the album, charting at #2 in the UK Singles Chart, the band’s highest chart entry to date (see 2006 in British music). It was pipped at the #1 spot by Ne-Yo’s “So Sick”.
“World at Your Feet” is a song by English rock band Embrace, and is featured on the re-released version of their album This New Day. It was the official song of the England World Cup squad in the 2006 FIFA World Cup campaign, and was released on 5 June 2006 (see 2006 in British music). Singer Danny McNamara told the NME: “We didn’t apply to do this. They just asked us. Our manager said, ‘Do you want to do the World Cup song? The FA want to know.’ I asked my dad and he said, ‘if you think you’re up to it-do it!’ I was just trying to cover all the bases.” 
It was broadcast on Radio 1 on 21 April by Chris Moyles. A news reporter on BBC One was in a Bristol pub at the time and had several people listen and review the song. The first impressions were that the song is “too slow”. This caused Moyles and a good friend of members of the band to shout out on the radio, live, “It’s not too slow, it’s perfect. Shut up and enjoy it.”
While it does not have the terrace chant appeal of classic World Cup and European Cup songs such as “Vindaloo” or “Three Lions”, many reviews from music critics seem to find favour with it – for instance, Planet Sound gave it an 8/10 mark, calling it “brilliant”.
“Target” is a song by English rock band Embrace and is featured on their number-one charting fifth album, This New Day. It was released 11 September 2006 as the follow-up to the band’s official World Cup 2006 Anthem. It didn’t repeat the top 3 success of their two recent singles from their album, peaking at #29 in the UK Singles Chart.
“I Can’t Come Down” is a song by English rock band Embrace and the fourth and final single from their number-one selling album, This New Day. It was released on 4 December 2006 as the follow-up to “Target”. The B-sides included various versions of “I Can’t Come Down”, “Contender” and a live recording of the recently written “Heart & Soul”. The single peaked at #54 in the UK Singles Chart, making it the lowest charting single by the band to date and their first to miss the UK Top 40.