“The Frog Prince” is a song performed and composed by English alternative rock band Keane, released as the closing track on their second album, Under the Iron Sea. The song was composed in 2004 and first mentioned by Tim Rice-Oxley on the Strangers DVD. A demo version also features Rice-Oxley singing on the lead vocals.
Rice-Oxley explains the song on the band’s 6th podcast:
(…)It was inspired by a conversation that Tom (Chaplin) and I were having in a slightly drunken state in a hotel in Toronto, and we were talking about someone in another band who we felt was a really talented songwriter and really intelligent and talented person, but we felt he was busy bad-mouthing us and every other band that was around it seemed. It was very frustrating to see him go from a cool great songwriter in a small indie band, to suddenly becoming this person who’s playing the part of the arrogant rock star(…)
It has been suggested that the person described above is Razorlight’s frontman, Johnny Borrell.
“Somewhere Only We Know” is a song performed and composed by English alternative rock band Keane, officially released as their third commercial single, and appearing as the opening track of their debut studio album, Hopes and Fears (2004) as the first single. The song was Keane’s first major commercial release, becoming one of the biggest hits of 2004 worldwide and peaking on the UK Singles Chart at number three during its first week of sale. It was also Keane’s best-selling single until “Is It Any Wonder?” in 2006.
In 2013, the song was covered by Lily Allen for a John Lewis Christmas advert. Her version surpassed the success of the original in the UK, topping the UK Singles Chart and selling over 600,000 copies.
“Wolf at the Door” is a song performed and composed by English alternative rock band Keane and was the second single they released, originally intended only as a promo item with only fifty copies made, becoming the rarest Keane item in existence.
Recording started on 28 October 2000 and finished in May 2001 even though the record was originally planned to be released before 2001. The CD single was released by the band’s own record label, Zoomorphic, in June 2001 and was sold at the pubs where Keane used to play. All fifty copies were handmade and recorded on CD-Rs.
Because of its limited production it is one of the most desired collectors’ items amongst Keane fans, and has been known to sell for around £1000 on eBay. Its status as a rarity is such that, allegedly, no member of the band is in possession of a copy.
The single features a re-recording of their previous single “Call Me What You Like”, as well as an early version of “She Has No Time”, which later would appear on Hopes and Fears, the band’s debut album.
Shortly after this record was released, guitarist Dominic Scott left the band, and was Keane’s last release with a guitar as part of their instrumentation until the 2007 cover b-side “She Sells Sanctuary”.
“Perfect Symmetry” is a song by English rock band Keane. It was released on 29 December 2008 as the third single and is the title track from their third album of the same name. The song has been remixed by American electronic rock band Innerpartysystem and is available on their remix Myspace page.
The radio edit version of the 7″ single rearranges the song somewhat, the second verse being taken from the original first verse, and the original second verse being removed completely. It also cuts out the introduction at the beginning.
“Higher Than the Sun” is a song by English alternative rock band Keane, released on 28 September 2013 as the first single from their first compilation album, The Best of Keane. The song was recorded during the recording sessions for the band’s fourth studio album, Strangeland, which was released in May 2012.
Keane announced the release of the single on their official website on 23 September 2013. On 27 September, the song made its radio debut on Chris Evans’ BBC Radio 2 morning show, and was released digitally the next day.
“Is It Any Wonder?” is a song performed and composed by English alternative rock band Keane, released as the second single from their second studio album, Under the Iron Sea. The song is also the first Keane single to be sold in Mexico and other Latin American countries.
The single was released to the iTunes Store on 16 May and to shops on 29 May 2006, and debuted at #15 in the UK Singles Chart on 28 May based on download sales alone but reached #3 with physical sales on 4 June. The song was officially premiered on 17 April on Jo Whiley’s BBC Radio 1 show. Soon after this, it was leaked onto the Internet.
The song was featured on the UK compilation Now That’s What I Call Music! 64 and in the video games Madden NFL 07 and Dance Dance Revolution Universe 2. The song was nominated for the Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocal for the 2007 Grammy Awards.
“Everybody’s Changing” is a song performed by English alternative rock band Keane. It was released as the second single from their debut studio album, Hopes and Fears (2004). After a single release on Fierce Panda in May 2003, which peaked at number 122 in the UK Singles Chart, it was re-released on Island on 3 May 2004 and reached number 4. It is also used in the TV series, In Plain Sight and can also be heard in the final moments of One Tree Hill episode “Truth Doesn’t Make A Noise” and Scrubs episode “My Day at the Races”.
In August 2006, the song was rated No. 79 from the top 100 greatest songs of all time by The Sun. That same year, English singer Lily Allen recorded a cover of the song, released on her single “Littlest Things” (a version later appeared on the 2007 compilation album, The Saturday Sessions: The Dermot O’Leary Show).
“Crystal Ball” is a song performed and composed by English rock band Keane, and featured on their second studio album, Under the Iron Sea. The song was released on 21 August 2006 as the third single from the United Kingdom album version (see 2006 in British music). “Crystal Ball” was also released on 18 August 2006 in the Netherlands and peaked at #20 in both the Dutch Singles Chart and the UK Singles Chart.
“Nothing in My Way” is a song performed and composed by English alternative rock band Keane for their second studio album Under the Iron Sea (2006). The song was also released 30 October 2006 as the third commercial and fourth overall single from that album in the United Kingdom. After the French pop rock band Bubblies, the single’s release is notable as being the first ever commercial music release in USB format, a special edition limited to 1,500 copies.
“Nothing in My Way” was included as part of the FIFA 07 video game soundtrack.
Hopes and Fears is the debut studio album by English alternative rock band Keane. It was released on 10 May 2004 in the United Kingdom and topped the UK Albums Chart upon release. It was the second best-selling British album of 2004, behind Scissor Sisters’ self-titled album, and has since been certified 9× Platinum by BPI. The album returned to the top of the charts after winning a Brit Award for Best Album in February 2005.
With more than 2.7 million copies sold in the UK, Hopes and Fears ranked the 11th-best-selling album of the 2000s in the UK. In July 2011, it was ranked the 9th biggest-selling album of the 21st century in the UK. Worldwide, the album had sold over 5.8 million copies as of November 2009.
“Call Me What You Like” is a song by Keane, released as their first single in early 2000. Limited to 500 copies, the now rare record was mixed and released by Zoomorphic, the band’s own label set up to promote their music when a record deal was not forthcoming. It was subsequently sold at pub venues during early Keane gigs.
The title track and B-side “Closer Now” are two of the few songs credited to lead singer Tom Chaplin that have appeared on official releases. A re-recording of the single was included as a b-side on their follow-up 2001 single, “Wolf at the Door”, and all three tracks appear on the 2009 Deluxe Edition release of the band’s debut album, Hopes and Fears.
Under the Iron Sea is the second studio album by English rock band Keane, released in 2006. During its first week on sale in the UK, the album went to #1, selling 222,297 copies according to figures from the Official Chart Company. In the United States, the album came in at #4 on the Billboard 200, selling 75,000 units in its first week. Since 22 January 2006 the album had sold over 3,000,000 copies worldwide.
The band describes Under the Iron Sea as a progression from Hopes and Fears with electronic influences, describing the record as a “sinister fairytale-world-gone-wrong”.
“Bend and Break” is a song performed and composed by English rock band Keane, released as the sixth and last single from their debut album Hopes and Fears. This single was released only in some European countries (not in the United Kingdom) such as Germany and Austria, similarly to their 2007 single “Try Again”. However “Bend and Break” was still heard on some American radio stations. The single features “Bend and Break”, “On a Day Like Today” and a live version of “Allemande”, as well as the “Bend and Break” live videoclip. “Bend and Break” is drummer Richard Hughes’ favourite Keane song. This was also the last single that used the typeface “Cochin”, the one used in the Hopes and Fears era.
British trance artist Chicane, used a sample of this song in his 2006 release “Wake Up”.
The Norwegian band Apoptygma Berzerk recorded a cover for their Sonic Diary covers compilation album.
“Bedshaped” is a song by English rock band Keane, released as the third single from Hopes and Fears. This is the first single released after the album, and it sold about 22,000 copies in its first week of release; it became their third consecutive top ten hit on the British charts, after the release of “Somewhere Only We Know” and “Everybody’s Changing (2004 version)”, Bedshaped charted at number 10 in the UK; meanwhile, it also became a commercial success in Belgium, Denmark and the Netherlands.
Night Train is an EP by English rock band Keane. The EP’s title and material was born out of the group’s Perfect Symmetry World Tour of 2008–2009.
Night Train debuted at number 1 on the UK Albums Chart.
The EP was recorded in various studios during the Perfect Symmetry World tour, and mastered at Abbey Road Studios. Tracks “Stop for a Minute” and “Looking Back” mark Keane’s collaboration with Somali/Canadian rapper K’Naan. “I think those tracks show us in a completely different light,” says Keane frontman Tom Chaplin. “Your Love” features Tim Rice-Oxley on lead vocals. On 3 February, it was confirmed that the lead single for the EP will be “Stop for a Minute”. On 8 March 2010 the song “Clear Skies” was played by Steve Lamacq on BBC 6 Music radio station, making it the first song of the EP to be played on radio. On 11 March 2010 the first single from the EP, “Stop for a Minute”, made its debut on Fearne Cotton’s BBC Radio 1 show. The song reached the UK Top 40.
Keane’s London-based manager Adam Tudhope says the EP “may be a mix of styles and genres of music, but it’s full of the hallmarks that make Keane…”
“Atlantic” is a song performed and composed by English alternative rock band Keane, released as the first single from their second studio album Under the Iron Sea, firstly as a download only music video and later as a 7″ Vinyl limited edition. The song was premiered at a secret gig in London on 5 April 2006.
“Atlantic” was featured in the TV series CSI: NY in the eighth episode of the third season “Consequences”.
“This Is the Last Time” is a song performed and composed by British rock band Keane, released on 13 October 2003 as their second commercial single, first released with Fierce Panda Records and later in 2004 as a different version with Island Records. It appears on their debut album Hopes and Fears as track two of the international version, but track nine on the British version. It was the fourth single from that album. Although the song was one of the biggest hits of 2004, the single only reached number 18 in the UK charts, considerably lower than previous singles by the band. For an easier reference, fans divided the two different singles into parts 1 and 2, similar to “Everybody’s Changing”.
Perfect Symmetry is the third studio album by English rock band Keane, released on 13 October 2008 in the United Kingdom. According to international Island Records manager, Jon Turner, “the general international feel is of excitement and ‘Spiralling’ is a favourite track of the US company.”
Perfect Symmetry is a departure from Keane’s established piano-pop sound, with the band employing guitars for the first time since their early musical beginnings and a larger reliance on synthesizers than their previous effort Under the Iron Sea, as well as experimenting with other instruments such as the musical saw, saxophone and string arrangements. Also most notable is the emergence of a 1980s’ synthpop-influenced style on most songs such as “Spiralling” and “Again and Again”. The album is the result of a more relaxed and creative recording process in comparison to the tense sessions for Under the Iron Sea. One of the only piano-driven songs on the album is the track of the same name. Jesse Quin joined Keane from this album as a studio and live support member. He became an official member three years later.
“A Bad Dream”, often mistitled as “Bad Dream”, is a song by English rock band Keane appearing as the fifth track on their second album, Under the Iron Sea. It was released on 22 January 2007 as the fifth and final single from the album. The song peaked at No. 23 in the UK Singles Chart, becoming the band’s first single to miss the top 20.
A track titled “The Night Sky” was believed to be the obvious choice for a B-side as it was an unreleased track on Under the Iron Sea, mentioned several times and thought to have a relation with the song, but Keane instead included for the first time both cover songs (“She Sells Sanctuary” by The Cult and “Enjoy the Silence” by Depeche Mode) and a remix of the single by the noted hardcore artist Luna-C in the commercial release. “The Night Sky” was instead released as the next single.