Insomnia (3:33)

Cover of Reverence

From Reverence and 157 other releases

“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”.


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Deep in the bosom of the gentle night
Is when I search for the light
Pick up my pen and start to write
I struggle, fight dark forces in the clear moon light

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